Bay Health & Care Partners: Workforce Prioritisation
Bay Health and Care Partners (BHCP) Place-Based Partnership (PBP) brings together local NHS organisations, councils and voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) organisations. BHCP is focused on integrating care and addressing health inequalities for people and communities across Morecambe Bay. It serves a population of just over 348,000 people (at Sept 19). Geographically there are areas of high deprivation and poor health outcomes together with areas that score better than the England average for health indicators and life expectancy. It is a large geographical patch with swathes of rural areas which presents some challenge in terms of service provision and securing the workforce.
The Workforce Board members agreed that in order to move forward with the workforce agenda, they first needed to define and agree the workforce challenges and prioritise them in terms of those needing most urgent attention. Whilst each sector experiences its own workforce challenges, there was a collective desire to look across the health and care sector as a whole so that opportunities to address issues could be explored and realised.
The purpose of the work was defined as an opportunity to create the environment for engagement, collaboration and discussions on the long-term people agenda at place level. It would meet the identified priority of developing a comprehensive, composite workforce baseline for health and social care in the Bay, highlighting key people challenges at organisation and system level so that an integrated system plan could be developed.
As a first step, producing a PBP wide workforce baseline across health and care was key and would, for the first time, allow partners to see the make-up of the workforce, identify cross-cutting themes or challenges and use this as a basis for decision making.
[Note: for the purposes of this work, the Partners involved are: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Morecambe Bay CCG, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, Morecambe Bay Primary Care Collaborative, Cumbria County Council and Lancashire County Council.]