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Calling all PPN North West Members!

Do you want a say on the type of training that is available to you?

Health Education North West are conducting a mini survey as part of the 2014/15 workforce planning process to ask about the training and courses practitioners would like to be available. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Take the survey.

The survey closes on Friday 24th May 2014.

Exciting new programme for emerging Clinical Leaders at The King’s Fund

At the end of June the Kings Fund will run the first intake of their new Emerging Clinical Leaders programme. This programme is special because it brings together colleagues together from a range of different medical and clinical backgrounds to help them learn about themselves, their impact on others and the system they lead in. It is suitable for specialist trainees and emerging leaders from all clinical backgrounds.

The first intake of the programme of the programme starts on 30 June and the next on 7 October. If you are interested in the programme you can find out more about the on their website www.kingsfund.org.uk/emerging or Donna Willis direct on 07774 734134.

North West CLN group - 15th May 2014

CLN is now offering places to attend the next North West meetings – scheduled for Thursday 15th May from 1pm at the Royal Oldham Hospital. Download details of the agenda and travel information.

The presentation by Mr Seamus McGirr, will provide an opportunity to explore how CLN members can share their wider experience and also further develop their own leadership skills by contributing to the work of the Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit. Since starting at the GMCSU, Seamus has reviewed its working and now is keen to boost its clinical engagement through appointing clinical associates for its various projects. Having seen the CLN in action over the years, he sees the CLN as the talent pool for such clinical associates; members who will be engaged will receive appropriate remuneration for their contributions. He will describe the recent developments at the GMCSU, and beyond, and there will be ample opportunity for discussion.

Dr Anton Sinniah, Associate Medical Director of Pennine Acute Hospitals, will be discussing the issues contributing to the poor outcomes & performance in the region as well as his personal experiences at Pennine Acute Trust in tackling some of these areas. There are often assumptions made about health care which may not be founded and his aim is to challenge some of these, to stimulate discussion & reflection. Transforming the regional health & social economy is our current biggest challenge, however our approach has to be correct otherwise we will just re-create our past mistakes. There are some fundamental problems with how we deliver care in this region which contribute to our outcomes. Dr Sinniah believes that decision making and team work lie at the heart of these and that transformation should ideally pre-date and facilitate re-configuration.

This is your chance to come and share your experiences and aspirations for spreading good practice through clinical leadership. We hope that we will see many of you on the day. It is anticipated that we will set up a register of interested people who can then be called up for projects as the opportunities arise.

To register your interest please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will confirm your place. Similarly, if you cannot make it on the day and wish to send comments, please contact the us in the same way.

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Dementia Toolkit – have your say

The National Skills Academy for Health is focussed on providing practical, high quality training and skills development support for the healthcare support workforce. Following a number of requests from the sector they are looking at developing a resource toolkit to support the embedding of good dementia care and awareness across the health sector.

They would really appreciate your feedback and ideas on what a dementia resource toolkit would look like and whether you think it would be something you would find useful. Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey below- your feedback is important and much appreciated.

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Call to Action - Innovative Roles in Primary Care

The Workforce Transformation Team at HENW is compiling a resource pack, which will include examples of innovative roles in primary care from across the career framework, with a particular focus on general practice.

They would like to include a wide range of examples, from as many organisations as possible in order to share experiences and good practice with primary care and commissioning colleagues across the region. Please let them know of any examples of skill mix change using delegation, substitution, enhancement or innovation. They are keen to hear about multi professional and cross boundary working and any work that involves more than one organisation or agency.

The format of documents for inclusion is flexible and really up to individuals, all they would ask is that it includes a workforce element, preferably a service driven workforce change, it would also be good if you were able to identify any outcomes/benefits either qualitative or quantitative. One or two sides of A4 would be ideal.

If you would like more information, please contact Laura Dunaway, Programme Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0161 625 7217, alternatively, please forward any relevant information, along with your contact details to Laura by Tuesday 10 June.

The NHS Clinical Leaders Network Event

The CLN Informatics Forum will be hosting its first event at the NHS Confederation Conference taking place at the ACC, Liverpool on Wednesday 4th June – 9:30am until 1:30pm.

Specific details of the event with regard to the agenda are still being formulated and will be released as soon as possible, however if you would be interested in attending we ask that you please hold the date in your diary.

For more information or to get involved, please contact the network coordinator:

Haydn Cross
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Phone: 0161 206 4225
Website: www.cln.nhs.uk 

Service User Involvement to Improve Mental Health Services

Wednesday 25 June 2014, London

Full details are available in our events calendar.

New publication from The King's Fund: The NHS productivity challenge

The unprecedented slowdown in the growth of NHS funding in England since 2010 required the NHS to pursue the most ambitious programme of productivity improvement since its foundation. It has broadly risen to the challenge, with pay restraint, cuts in central budgets, and the abolition of some tiers of management producing significant savings. But the strongest pressure has been applied and felt at the front line, by hospitals and other local service providers, faced with squeezing more and more value from every health care pound.

This report describes how six trusts have been grappling with the productivity challenge. It also suggests ways to divert the NHS and social care from their current trajectory, which is heading towards a major crisis.

Download full publication.

King's Fund event: Innovations in the delivery of care for older people

Wednesday 18 June 2014
The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN

By 2030, one in five people in England will be aged over 65. Living longer is a cause for celebration, but it can present challenges for the health and social care system. How can we ensure that the right care is delivered at the right time, in the right place, to meet older people's care preferences and goals?

For the full details and to book your place, visit www.kingsfund.org.uk