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South Yorkshire Region Excellence Centre

The National Skills Academy for Health’s South Yorkshire Excellence Centre is jointly hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust. 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.

The South Yorkshire Region Excellence Centre (SYREC) Workstreams

Underpinning themes

During our inaugural Delivery Group meeting, we have refined and agreed our underpinning themes and workstreams, as follows. These will be linked and supported through an additional workstream called The Hub, that is led by Ben Sewell.

  • Quality Assurance is at its heart and is reflected in our strategic aim – the intent is to ensure excellence for all, not just those organisations that have access to support and resources;
  • An intent to develop a universal language across the sector to ensure meaningful inclusivity and dialogue in how members work together;
  • A focus on hard to reach/hard to engage groups of staff/organisations. The SYREC is not there to reflect and duplicate other mainstream education and training activities that already take places across the South Yorkshire Region; there is clear intent on focusing on other sectors and staff who do not traditionally have access to this provision;
  • Partnerships with education and employers also runs through all of our workstreams to learn and share from best practice; and
  • Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of our Excellence Centre, running through all aspects of the programmes, with particular attention on maximising the Apprenticeship Levy.

Agreed workstreams - each headed up by a member of the Delivery Group and will include representation from each of the sectors:-

  • The Care Certificate (Workstream Lead - Brian Burke)
  • Specific care pathways across health and social care (Workstream Leads - Sue Sparks and Helen Thomas)
  • Primary Care transformation (Workstream Leads - Louise Berwick and Amy Collins)
  • Non-apprenticeship training (Workstream Lead - Karen Dickinson)
  • Future workforce (Workstream Lead - Linda Crofts)

In addition to these workstreams, SYREC will introduce Employer Events, to be held up to three times per year as well as an annual stakeholder event.

To register your interest in the workstreams or to hear more, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

The Excellence Centre launch

Over 80 healthcare employers and training providers (from across health and social care) attended the launch of the South Yorkshire Region Excellence Centre on Thursday 12 January 2017.

Image: Business admin teams .

Our fantastic business admin teams (pictured above) were on-hand to ‘skilfully assist’ and ‘shepherd’ the delegates, and ensure the launch was also digital, with a high volume of ‘tweeting’! (#syrexctr)

The opening address was given by Candace Miller, Director, National Skills Academy for Health. Pictured below receiving the Plaque from Candace (in the centre), on behalf of the Excellence Centre Delivery Group are Linda Crofts (on the left), Head of Learning and Development, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sam Debbage (on the right), Deputy Director of Education, Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust. For more information on the launch event – see our news section.

Image: Plaque presentation.

Contact information

For further information about the South Yorkshire Region 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..