ESR Data Quality: Best practice guidance

Health Education North West, December 2014

In order to support Health Education North West’s data quality improvement programme, the workforce analysis team are developing a best practice guidance eBook to showcase some of the approaches and processes used across the region.

Their poster is a call for participants, asking ESR leads to submit their best practice/case studies for inclusion in the eBook.

This is a fantastic opportunity for teams and organisations to showcase their work on improving and maintaining data quality in ESR.

Click here for further information and to submit best practice/case studies for inclusion in the eBook.


Medical leadership opportunities

Health Education North West, 28 November 2014

Siobhan Fahey of Health Education North West is working on the marketing of HENW medical leadership opportunities for trainees across the North West. She is happy to attend regional speciality training days or to attend local Trusts between now and the end of March 2015 to provide an informational presentation about the local offers or alternatively she has leaflets for distribution. Please contact Siobhan if you are interested in arranging a visit or would like any leaflets.

Practice Nursing Foundation Programmes: places now available

Health Education North West, December 2014

The Integrated Workforce Unit have worked in partnership with universities and CCGs to develop a selection of foundation programmes in practice nursing, which will commence in early 2015.

The programmes are suitable for newly qualified nurses, newly appointed practice nurses, nurses who are considering working in general practice, and nurses who would appreciate an update.

Potential applicants within the North West are advised to contact their line manager and CPD leads for funding information.

Click here for details of each individual programme, including entry requirements, delivery methods and assessment.

Enabling Learner Involvement in Quality Surveillance: Using the learners voice for better learning and better care

Health Education North West, October 2014

Building on HENWs commitment to achieving excellence in learning and care ‘Enabling learner involvement in Quality Surveillance: Using the learner’s voice for better learning and better care’ has been released. Developed with healthcare learners and staff in placement and education providers across the North West, the guidance follows on from the ‘Placement Charter’, and ‘Dignity promise’ to ensure a safe, supportive, and ‘caring’ environment for all patients, learners, and staff.

Intended as a practical guide for all those involved in the quality surveillance process and reporting of concerns, the framework will be particularly useful to healthcare learners to enable them to ‘speak up’, and to those supervising and supporting learners to provide a culture and environment that inspires learners to act with honesty, integrity and compassion – learners need to feel that their views are respected, acknowledged and acted on.

Click here to download the guidance.

North West Careers Report 2012-14

Health Education North West, October 2014

This report summarises the careers support activity within HENW from 2012 to 2014. The change in delivery of healthcare and the increasing diversity of opportunities available to doctors makes career management skills an important aspect of their professional skill set, in turn supporting them to deliver the most effective and safest care.

In the North West, strategic objectives have been met within an increasingly tight budgeting climate. Capitalising on existing careers support skills and supporting the development of local individuals with enthusiasm to support trainees has proved fruitful, both in the extension of provision available and containing central careers costs. Standards achieved compare very positively with other regions of HEE and the four nations, as well as matrix standards and Academy of Medical Educator standards.

Click here to download the report.

North West Healthcare Science Trainee Network Board resources

Health Education North West, October 2014

The North West Healthcare Science Trainee Network Board (NW HCS TNB) was set up in the summer of 2013 to develop the trainee arm of the North West Healthcare Science Network ( The Trainee Network Board’s vision is to support, develop and promote all healthcare science trainees and junior staff from all healthcare science specialisms across the North West. 

The Trainee Network Board have developed a set of resources to assist new (and current) trainees to understand what their training programme entails and also to give them top tips, links and guidance for their training.

Click here for more information.

Piloting of the Care Certificate in the North West

Health Education North West, October 2014

This report sets out how HENW has engaged with stakeholders to assess the potential value and relevance of the Care Certificate in a variety of learning environments. Recommendations and risk management issues have been identified for consideration by the national project team to inform the next stage development of, and implementation requirements for, the wider roll-out of the Care Certificate from April 2015.

Click here to download the report.