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Patrick Senior, Staff Side Chair and Shaun Clee, Chief Executive have signed the Talent for Care and Widening Participation Partnership Pledge at this month’s JNCC meeting.

The pledge forms part of Health Education England’s nationally agreed framework to develop the healthcare support workforce.  It is a strategic plan to initiate change that will help create a support workforce that is strong, capable and proud – able to do their best with technology, adapt to change and able deliver some of the best healthcare in the world.

Signing the pledge is ²gether’s commitment to build on current initiatives that we already have in place  to help develop our support staff and further improve essential skills.  It is also an opportunity to offer support staff the chance to gain new competencies so that they become highly skilled, flexible and able to meet our future healthcare challenges.

The pledge is divided into three themes – ‘get in’, which will give more people the opportunity to start their career in a support role; ‘get on’, which supports people to be the best they can be at their job; and ‘go further’, which provides opportunities for colleagues to progress their career as they wish. 

Carol Sparks our Director of Organisational Development said: “Right across our Trust, support staff bring enthusiasm and dedication and offer quality care to our service users, their carers and family. Working with our staff side representatives, the pledge emphasises our continued commitment to provide opportunities for support colleagues to learn on the job, develop their skills and advance their careers”.