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Excellence centre network update October 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:28

Written by Lynn Atkin

Image: Lynn Atkin.October sees a very busy month ahead again with many network meetings with Excellence Centre hosts and stakeholders within their network.

I am currently very busy preparing for the City and East London Excellence Centre Launch, which will be hosted on the 14th November at Newham Hospital. The invitations went out last week and already there are over 60 acceptances to the event, another great example of how the Excellence Centre network brings together partners both internally and externally. I will keep you updated on the progress and obviously share the event in next month’s edition.

Today saw a meeting with South Yorkshire Regional Excellence Centre (SYREC), where the vision for the current and future of the Excellence Centre is quite outstanding. All the partners, providers and stakeholders have a clear understanding of the aims, objectives and outcomes for their Excellence Centre model and are working collaboratively to ensure this happens. I am looking forward to playing a bigger part in their development and see the model grow further.

I have recently visited Humber, Coast and Vale who are one of our newest Excellence Centre’s. They are still in the development stage, but also have a strong vision for how they want their EC to operate.

My role is so interesting, meeting with all the innovative colleagues within the Excellence Centre network and being part of shaping the future to achieve their outcomes. Every Excellence Centre is working at a different level, with different priorities and remits, but one common goal is they all want to succeed in providing the best opportunities for the current and future workforce, enhanced with training opportunities, linking to the frameworks currently accessible, or future ones in development.

One of the changes we have made is to allocate our Learning Apprenticeship Coordinators (LACS) into the Excellence Centre network. We currently have three LACS, Henry, Luke and Ian and between us all we are now working closely with all our partners and stakeholders offering the products and services that align to the outcome for each centre, alongside Gemma, who facilitates the Quality Mark, something I feel holds such value and weight from a Quality Assurance perspective, whilst giving a benchmark for Ofsted inspections.

Next week I am hosting a meeting at our London office where all Excellence Centre hosts have been invited to discuss their vision for the future of the network, how they see the growth, who should be involved in this process and the steps to be taken to achieve it. I see this as the most positive step; bringing together decision makers to strategically shape the landscape. We at National Skills Academy for Health (NSAH) have also been incredibly busy creating new offers, new packages of support, streamlining some core offers to be more easily accessed, whilst keeping a close eye on the value of the network and involving new partners and stakeholders. I now have three other interested new parties with whom I am meeting soon to discuss their current position and how becoming an Excellence Centre could also enhance their network.

Being able to share the information each month plays a big part in the growth of the Excellence Centre model and the network both locally and nationally. If any of the information within this piece is of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 07768 235629 and I will be only too happy to discuss further with you any area of our Excellence Centre model or products and services within.

Many thanks for taking the time to read.