Press Release

16 September 2013

The England Centre for Practice Development has been commissioned by North Kent Clinical Commissioning Group and Kent and Medway Local Area Team to develop a new framework to inform workforce planning in Kent.

Carrie Jackson, Director of the England Centre for Practice Development, said: “This is a key piece of work for the Centre as currently there are no national workforce development frameworks that will help local health care commissioners plan and create the right mix of skills for future community services or deliver the government vision of how care in the community will work in the future.

“We will take into account recent recommendations on culture change in the NHS and putting patients first, as well the Centre for Workforce Intelligence report on planning skills for shift of care from acute hospital stays to community settings, and aim to develop and pilot a community nursing workforce development tool that will improve the patient experience. It will also enable local NHS providers to meet the needs of an ageing population and the growing number of people with long-term conditions in the years ahead.

“We acknowledge that this framework will need to take account of all professionals who make up the multidisciplinary team in the future but this is a key starting point for the region. We believe that it is essential that there is an integrated commissioning strategy with early input into local workforce plans for Local Education Training Boards (LETBs), employers and service commissioners to enable a successful shift of care.”

The project report will make recommendations to support the commissioning process and the development of leadership potential within the future workforce that in turn will impact on future education commissioning for the qualified workforce.  

The England Centre for Practice Development is hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University. It is part of an international network of practice developers who are members of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC). It is committed to the innovation of services and practices at the point of care to ensure that they are person-centered, safer and more effective.



Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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