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Excellence centre network update June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:08

Written by Lynn Atkin

Image: Lynn Atkin.The Excellence Centre Network is a national network. Currently there are eleven, with a twelfth about to launch.


I would like to begin by introducing myself. My name is Lynn Atkin and I am the new National Services Manager for the Excellence Centre Network (ECN) for the National Skill Academy for Health (NSAH). I have been in post now just over a month, and my immediate remit is to visit all Excellence Centres and discuss the current position, development plans for the future and networking opportunities for sharing best practice nationally. Already at my meetings I am hearing some outstanding work being delivered and researched. The future aim of the network is to share all these achievements, enabling other centres to network with colleagues, sharing resourcing, spreading the outlay for any future developments, bringing together cohesive, collaborative working partnerships.

My background is in education, where my entire career has been based around giving young people the skills and acumen at whatever their level may be to engage in the world of work. That has always been a fluid option, as learning should be accessed through many routes; not all young people are university driven, so the growth of the apprenticeship model is something I support and believe in wholeheartedly.

Excellence Centre Network

Every host I’ve had the pleasure of meeting to date has a different remit against their current requirements. This mean the level of support each Excellence Centre requires will vary. My role is to ensure a strong communication link is developed, by email, face to face or telephone. To enable all Excellence Centres a clear overview, process maps have been developed for the start-up process and the aims and objectives of the Excellence Centre.  

The Excellence Centre Network is a national network. Currently there are eleven, with a twelfth about to launch.

Each centre is hosted by one or a consortium of healthcare employers. Each Centre’s activities are informed by its advisory network of local employers and other stakeholders, from the largest employer to the smallest, including hospices, nursing homes, dentists, GP surgeries and pharmacies.

Locally and nationally the goal is to make it easier to access high quality training and so improve the skills and competencies of healthcare support workers, and develop a sustainable and productive support workforce for the future.

Excellence Centre: Host:
City and East London Bart’s Health NHS Trust London
Devon Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
Essex Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Kent Surrey and Sussex   Royal Surrey County Hospital
North Bristol North Bristol NHS Trust
Nottingham Nottingham CityCare Partnership
Sandwell & West Birmingham Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG
South Tees  South Tees NHS Foundation Trust
South Yorkshire Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust
Southampton and Solent   University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
West Yorkshire  Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS and Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

We are pleased to welcome to the network our newest Excellence Centre. The launch date is yet to be confirmed, more information will follow on this.

Humber, Coast and Vale York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Spotlight on……

Each month there will be a ‘spotlight on’ an Excellence centre, where there is the chance to share an achievement that is having an impact on their Excellence centre development. This will highlight the possibilities for sharing best practice on a month by month basis and improve communication links.

New e-learning development

In addition to the design and implementation of face-to-face and blended learning programmes, then Excellence Centre network are coordinating the development of 20 new national e-learning resources, including six new learning programmes centred on patient care. These will cover such areas as:

  • Skills for providing community care, for example dementia support, medicine management and recognising signs of abuse
  • Support for developing key behaviours and values critical to new entrants
  • Support for the development of study skills to facilitate the advancement of worker’s skills to level 3,4 and 5
  • Further development of foundation skills, such as English, maths and IT, tailored to the needs of the sector
  • Support for the development of clinical skills which may lead to other advanced training and qualifications.

Future plans

Networking Meeting

A networking meeting will be hosted in December in London to celebrate the work of the Excellence Centre Network. More details to follow.

National Directory

An Excellence centre directory is being formulated, to be shared with all colleagues on completion.

And finally….

This is the first update of the Excellence Centre network. Each month the information shared will grow and with it the collaboration. I hope you find the information of use.
Next month I will be giving updates on the Learning Apprenticeship Coordinators (LAC); their role and how they complement each Excellence Centres requirements.

Find out more

If you are a healthcare of training provider and would like to find out more about benefitting from working with a regional Excellence Centre, please call 020 7391 7173, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Or alternatively, you can contact me directly;

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Mobile: 07768 235629
Twitter: @LynnAtkin1