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Southampton and Solent Excellence Centre

The National Skills Academy for Health's Southampton and Solent Excellence Centre is hosted by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. As the regional hub, we are 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.

Employer Group meetings

The next Southampton and Solent Excellence Centre Employer Group meeting will take place on 24 January 2017 (10am-12pm) at QA, Southwick Hill Rd, Portsmouth PO6 3LY. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your attendance.

Joint Employer/Delivery Partner/Stakeholder meeting

On the 24 May 2016, the network held a joint meeting at Portsmouth City Council's offices to review successes to date and to develop plans to support employers through the Excellence Centre going forward. Topics for discussion included college reviews, the Apprenticeship Levy and its implications, rotational apprenticeships and bid/funding opportunities.

Regional news and case studies

Congratulations to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and HTP Training who have both successfully achieved the Skills for Health Quality Mark. In their assessment report for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the Academy’s Quality Mark Assessors said: “All staff working on courses delivered to the health sector have the appropriate competence and qualifications for their roles which they use to inform delivery. The manner in which training staff conduct themselves and pass on knowledge and insight to others is highly professional and supportive.”

Commenting on HTP Training's award, Managing Director Rachael Fidler, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive Skills for Health endorsement for the quality of training and learning HTP Training provides for the Health Sector. At HTP Training we work closely with leaders and managers from the sector to design and deliver outstanding training which meets the needs of employers and their workforce.“

Join the Delivery Partner network

We are looking for providers with a proven track record of delivering high quality training to the health sector to join us. FE colleges, training providers, health sector employers with a training arm and other stakeholders who meet the set entry criteria can apply to become a Delivery Partner. For further information, please contact Christine.

About apprenticeships

Thousands of healthcare employers use apprenticeships to attract new talent, reskill existing staff and tackle skill shortages. We make it easy for employers to take on apprentices by providing a bespoke service designed around the skills needs of the organisation.

We offer free advice and guidance on all aspects of employing apprentices. We will help you identify which apprenticeship programmes would benefit your organisation the most, advise
on funding and grants to help stretch your training budget and ensure you secure the best training provision through our network of quality-assured providers.

We can also recruit, employ and manage apprentices on your behalf through our Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA). This service enables you to benefit from hosting an apprentice within your organisation but, as the apprentice is employed by the ATA, we will take care of all the HR and payroll administration.

The Skills for Health Quality Mark

Administered by the National Skills Academy for Health, the Skills for Health Quality Mark defines and endorses superior delivery of learning and training that healthcare employers need to cultivate a world-class workforce.

The benchmark is available for learning programmes offered by training providers and further education colleges. It also quality assures internal training offered by healthcare organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

In addition, the Quality Mark will assure that the staff delivering training have the right knowledge and skills and maintain these through continued professional development. The Quality Mark is also a benchmarking tool allowing training provider organisations to measure the quality of their own delivery with specific reference to the health sector. For more details, please contact Christine.

Regional Advisory Group

The Southampton and Solent Regional Advisory Group (RAG) is made up of key personnel from employers that are part of the Employer Partner network. The Group supports the ongoing development of the Southampton and Solent Excellence Centre and informs and advises on local issues that may be pertinent to identifying local training needs. They will also help build the network and liaise with the National Advisory Group.

Southampton and Solent Excellence Centre online forum

One of the benefits of joining our Employer Partner programme is exclusive access to the Academy's online Knowledge Exchange. The forum contains news, articles, research and curated resources specific to learning and development and also hosts a private forum for Southampton and Solent Excellence Centre to use for project work, discussions etc. To access the forum, log on to the Knowledge Exchange website and select Forum from the main menu.

Contact information

For further information about the Southampton and Solent 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..

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