With New Ways of Working I initiated a core planning group to identify cross-sector issues (health, social services, childrens incorporating commissioners and providers from public, independent and voluntary sector) and share knowledge.
We all know that decisions on the funding and types of care in one sector often impact on others; staff and users want seamless care delivery, and of course transferability of skills and qualifications.
The core planning group (Champions of the Future Workforce) meets in parallel with regional joint planning groups and is made up of representatives from each.
What does it achieve?
An excellent example of sharing knowledge comes from East of England. EoE already has very successful links between the workforce planners for Social Care and those for Health, particularly important as so many of the staff move between sectors regularly. The representative was able to share the "how" and others can apply this back in their own regions.
AIMS of the national planning group are to:
share learning and understanding of what works so that each region can "stand on the shoulders of giants" and together we can deliver more success and more benefits