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Nottingham Excellence Centre

The National Skills Academy for Health's Nottingham Excellence Centre is hosted by Nottingham CityCare Partnership. As the regional hub, we will be developing strong collaborations between training providers and healthcare employers from the public, independent and voluntary sectors to design and deliver new learning resources for healthcare support staff, share training expertise and make best use of skills development facilities.


  • Nottingham CityCare Partnership to lead development of Nottingham Excellence Centre

The National Skills Academy for Health is delighted to announce that Nottingham CityCare Partnership will lead the development of its new Nottingham Excellence Centre to improve the quality and accessibility of training for the region's healthcare support workforce.

Working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and New College Nottingham, CityCare will work with the Academy to establish the Excellence Centre within their locality.

Lyn Bacon, CityCare Chief Executive said: “This is a unique, enterprising partnership that brings together providers and educators and connects organisations and services to support development which is critical to the creation of a rich and varied workforce that is locally responsive and nationally relevant.”

Dawn Whitemore, Principal and CEO of New College Nottingham said:’ “This is a winning partnership, bringing together the healthcare industry and education in a way which will directly benefit hundreds of people in our city. We’re delighted to take a leading role in the National Excellence Centre, which places strong emphasis on the development of the care workforce, particularly for those in entry level positions. Care is a crucial sector for Nottingham and having support staff who are professionally trained is clearly in the interest of patients and care providers, as well as the support workers themselves.”

candace millerCandace Miller (left), Director of the National Skills Academy for Health, said: “The National Skills Academy for Health’s vision is to create a qualified and transferable workforce, with every individual recognised and valued for the skills they have, and encouraged and enabled to develop the skills they want and need.”

“Our partnership with Nottingham Excellence Centre helps to grow our already successful Excellence Centre network, whilst ensuring our values of high quality development for the support workforce and sustained investment in their skills and training continues.

“CityCare shares our view that the support workforce, whether on the frontline of care or in less visible but no less important roles, gets consistent access to the high quality, well designed and highly regarded training they deserve.

“This partnership will endeavour to ensure employers and learners alike achieve their goals and of course, we'll be encouraging and sharing many more examples of best practice.”

How the Excellence Centre model works

National Skills Academy for Health Excellence Centres act as regional hubs to develop strong collaborations between training providers and healthcare employers from the public, independent and voluntary sectors. 

Each Excellence Centre has a Regional Advisory Group, made up of employers and other stakeholders, which, in turn, work with the National Advisory Group. The Groups collaborate to identify local and national training needs and design development solutions to improve the competencies of healthcare support workers.

Smaller healthcare organisations are a particular focus of engagement, with the development process aiming to reach out to a broad range of employers including hospices, care homes, dentists, GP surgeries and pharmacies.

Contact information

For further information about the Nottingham Excellence Centre, please contact the Network Services Manager, Lynn Atkin, by calling 07768 235629 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..