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West Yorkshire Excellence Centre

The National Skills Academy for Health's West Yorkshire Excellence Centre is jointly hosted by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Bradford District Care 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.

Join the Excellence Centre network

Steven HainesTo find out more about the benefits of joining the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre employer and training provider networks, please contact:

Steven Haines
Network Services Manager
07717 540 569
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West Yorkshire Excellence Centre Stakeholder Event

Over 70 healthcare employers and training providers attended the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre Stakeholder Event that took place on Friday 30th September 2016 in Leeds.

The event was designed to celebrate the launch of the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre and to raise awareness of the benefits of joining the employer and training provider networks.

Following keynote presentations from Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Daryl Keyworth, Head of Service Delivery for the National Skills Academy for Health, delegates were offered a choice of workshops, on topics such as the government’s apprenticeship reforms; joining the Excellence Centre network; values based recruitment and improving presentation skills.

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One of the most popular sessions was ‘Apprenticeships the Leeds Way’, facilitated by Karen Vella from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Leeds Hospitals has a long history of supporting Apprenticeships since the introduction of an Apprentice Nursing Cadet programme in the 1980’s to the present day where over 300 apprentices a year commence on Apprenticeships in the Trust. The workshop provided the opportunity to share successes and benefits, discuss solutions to the challenges and learn about the vision for the future.

The event provided a great opportunity for employers and training providers to find out more about the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre. A poll conducted after the event showed that 99% were ‘very interested (79%) or ‘interested’ (14%) in joining the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions from the event

How does the excellence centre fit with the Leeds Health Academy? - The West Yorkshire Excellence Centre is likely to be one arm or faculty of the Leeds Health Academy, and has the potential to become part of other healthcare academy type developments in other areas of West Yorkshire.

What is the definition of ‘support staff workforce’, who does this include? - The Health and Social Care Support Staff Workforce are those staff in supporting roles (bands 1 – 4 in the NHS), working in either a clinical or non- clinical role.

If you don’t go for endorsement then can you still access the Excellence Centre? - Yes there are many ways that stakeholders and individuals can access the Excellence Centre. To drive up quality we are hoping that training providers and employers supplying training under the banner of the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre will work towards gaining the Quality Mark. Providers using the Skills Platform to advertise their training will be identified via employer endorsement.

West Yorkshire Excellence Centre launches

We are delighted to announce that Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will lead the development of our new West Yorkshire Excellence Centre to improve the quality and accessibility of training for the region’s healthcare support workforce.

Commenting on the launch of the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre in August 2016, the Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Julian Hartley said: “This is an important and exciting partnership that will provide excellent training and development opportunities for healthcare support workers in different organisations across the region. It will link closely with the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for West Yorkshire to provide an integrated workforce with the flexibility and skills to deliver the highest quality care for local people.”

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Pictured at the launch of the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre are: (back row left to right) Karen Vella, Head of Organisational Learning, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT): Candace Miller, Director National Skills Academy for Health (NSAH); Ash O’Hara, Education Learning and Organisational Development Manager LTHT;  Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of LTHT;  Simon Large, Chief Executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT); Peter Presland Excellence Centre Coordinator, NSAH. (Front row left to right)  Joanne Somers, Education and Training Manager, BDCFT; Sandra Knight, Director of Human Resources BDCFT; Alison Ackew, Senior Education, Learning and Organisational Development Facilitator, LTHT

Simon Large, Chief Executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust is delighted to be a key partner in this new venture that will bring together local employers and training providers, across health and social care. Staff are our most valuable asset and this initiative will provide development opportunities for our healthcare support teams, who are working with local communities and people in our care.”

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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.

Contact information

For further information about the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre, please contact the Network Services Manager, Steven Haines, on 07717 540 569 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..