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BOB Excellence Centre Launch

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 08:27

Image: BOB Excellence Centre Launch.Upskilling the support workforce

Skills for Health would like to congratulate the hosts of the new Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Excellence Centre (BoB) on achieving the Quality Mark at first attempt. Oxford University Hospitals on 27th March 2019 and Oxford Health on 1st May 2019.


The Quality Mark recognises the high quality of delivery of education and training to the health sector and has been recognised by the Professional Standards Association as a Gold Standard to aim for. As hosts of an Excellence Centre, this recognises their commitment to excellence in people development and sets an example that we hope other organisations joining the EC network will be keen to follow.

The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Excellence Centre is a network of care providers who work together to improve the quality of and access to vocational training for the support workforce. It is a collaboration that aims to upskill the support workforce and bring efficiencies to the whole sector by sharing resources working together to tackle system-wide issues facing this important workforce.

It is one of eight Excellence Centres in England, established by the National Skills Academy for Health. It is hosted by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The hosts will provide the infrastructure for the Excellence Centre and the activities will be run jointly with partners and delivered across the partnership.

Image: Quality Mark.The launch of the new BoB Excellence Centre was celebrated with a working lunch on Wednesday 29th May, attended by representatives from both public and private sector care providers across the regions. Oxford Health Director of Learning and Development, Helen Green and Oxford University Hospitals Director of Nursing, Mark Statham, received the certificates and the Skills for Health Quality Mark from Lynn Atkin, Network Services Manager at the National Skills Academy for Health.

Find out more about Quality Mark here