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Excellence centre network update November 2017

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:28

Written by Lynn Atkin

Image: Lynn Atkin.As thoughts of the Christmas period grow in many people’s mind it certainly hasn’t stalled any of the Excellence Centre hosts in their continued journey.

November has been another very busy month. In early November we hosted a webinar in collaboration with City and East London Excellence Centre. It was a huge success with some fantastic feedback from our audience as to the content, which covered the Healthcare works programme we are facilitating through the Excellence Centre. The programme is designed to open opportunities for young people to enter a career within the health sector. You can find the link to it here.

Webinars are an area we are looking to develop further; they are the perfect tool for sharing best practice within the network, allowing partners to hear in detail how they are facilitating specific programmes to enhance their workforce across the sector. If any host is interested in finding out more, please contact me on the details at the bottom of this newsletter.

The Excellence Centre network continues to grow with two more interested parties looking to join us. We are busy coordinating two launches for new Excellence Centres, but we also held a relaunch for the City and East London Excellence Centre. CELEC originated through a slightly different route to other Excellence Centre’s as they had a sponsor in JP Morgan to fund their start up and work alongside them with projects for employment and engagement. As this initial programme nears its completion, it was felt a relaunch was timely to bring together all the partners and stakeholders working with CELEC, but also open avenues for new partners to join the network. We are now busily working on creating a Regional Advisory Group (RAG) for the Excellence Centre to formulate their delivery plan for the next twelve months. The launch was very well attended by partners, stakeholders and employers, giving a broad spectrum of expertise to share best practice.

It has been a busy month for the City and East London Excellence Centre as I was invited to attend their Community Health Awards. The whole ceremony was a wonderful experience from start to end. Seeing the apprentices achieve their goal, at whatever level suits their learning, or whatever barriers they may face was such an uplifting experience. It certainly gives evidence for the necessity to work collaboratively and in partnership.

I appear to have spent a majority of my time in November further South as I also had the pleasure of presenting Tunbridge Wells Hospital Trust with their Quality Mark renewal. The Quality Mark is our quality assurance kite mark. It is, in my opinion a great pre-Ofsted measure for all training providers, allowing depth and rigour of their process and procedures to enhance their delivery.

Image: Tunbridge Wells Hospital Trust with their Quality Mark renewal.

One of our new interested parties asked me to attend their stakeholder event. This was a lovely opportunity to speak to parties in an informal setting across the sector who are wanting more information and a more solid understanding of the Excellence Centre’s, how they operate, what their purpose and value are, and how to join the network. It was an extremely positive event, with lots of feedback from invitees expressing their wider knowledge and understanding, but also how they wish to move ahead from the event.

My colleague Gemma Wilson, whom I have worked closely with over the last few months I have been in post is leaving us at the end of November. Gemma is the brain child to the Quality Mark, and I have been tasked to continue with the role she held in coordinating, delivering and assessing the kite mark. From my previous role in education, I can only see benefits in achieving Quality Mark. I will be contacting all parties who currently hold the QM, and any new leads we have received.

As part of our growth, we are now working with other blue light services to deliver diagnostic consultancy and Quality Mark. We have had lots of interest already from the police force and will be launching to the ambulance, prison, fire services too in the New Year. We are also delivering a new diagnostic for anyone who feels they may not be quite ready for Quality Mark, and need some support in their structure, policies, procedures and delivery to be ready for the next step. For any of these details, please contact me on the details at the bottom of this newsletter.

Due to December being a shorter month, it is unlikely there will be another newsletter, so I would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful holiday period.

If any of the information given in this newsletter interests you, or you wish to know more about any of our products and services, I would be more than happy to discuss them with you.

Lynn Atkin
Network Services Manager
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