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Head of Workforce Development

Lincolnshire Partnersh
Competitive salary
Closing date
20 Sep 2021
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Lincolnshire is leading the way with mental health transformation projects

Do you want to be part of changing mental health for the future? Improving things for the next generation and influencing the future. We have a number of exciting new opportunities for clinical and non-clinical staff.

Excellent, well trained and motivated staff are what make the Trust as successful as we are.

We employ over 2200 staff in a variety of roles and are proud that in the past two years we have been rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England; achieving the second best mental health trust nationally in 2018 staff survey. We firmly believe that the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce and this is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as 'outstanding' for well led and 'good' overall.

As a Trust we believe that having a diverse workforce and allowing people to be themselves is essential to good employment, we are openly supportive and encourage difference. We have three active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT+) and staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE). This has resulted in annual staff conferences and some great national accolades, such as, the Trust being included in the Top 100 organisations in the country within the Stonewall Index.

The Head of Workforce Development role exists to provide strategic direction of the learning and development activity for the Trust's workforce. It involves leadership of the Practice Education and Training Support Team as well as specific internal and externally facing responsibilities.

The postholder will work within the organisation and Lincolnshire system on projects and initiatives that will benefit organisations and individuals within health and care in Lincolnshire. This may include the identification of new roles and upskilling of roles in association with the Head of Workforce Transformation, and the progression through to commissioning of specialist training to realise new roles/new ways of working within the organisation.

The Associate Director of People leads on key workstreams of the Lincolnshire People Plan, of which this role would support in terms of "Growing for the Future".

The postholder will be required to oversee the planning and commissioning of training activity to ensure delivery of a high quality learning experience to staff to support the Trust develop a competent and capable workforce. The postholder will lead the practice education team ensuring that it delivers a programme that meets Trust's requirements, including the provision of trust induction, statutory and mandatory training and wider learning activities to enable the Trust to achieve compliance where required.

The postholder will work closely with Arms Length Bodies such as Health Education England and NHS England around workforce development, being the lead for the organisation and representative at regional meetings.

The postholder will be responsible for a significant budget for which external training including academic and non-academic programmes can be commissioned to help meet workforce development and Continuing Professional Development needs. The postholder will have responsibility for the management of the apprenticeship levy on behalf of the Trust, providing national reports as necessary.

The postholder will be responsible for the accurate and timely reporting of all data held in respect of workforce development; training activity, mandatory and non-mandatory compliance and will be held accountable during CQC inspections.

The Centre for Learning, Development and Research is based at The Reservation, Sleaford. L&D Delivery takes place on site face to face, on MS Teams and some on clinical sites, so a versatile and agile approach to how we clinically train our workforce is adopted. LPFT encourages flexible working, and therefore in terms of this post, working arrangements will be negotiated with an expectation that there will be a leadership presence at the Centre in Sleaford (frequency to be flexible) to provide visibility, support and build cohesive relationships with the team. The base for the post can be negotiated.

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In partnership with staff, volunteers, patients and carers we have developed our values, behaviours and culture over the past three years; and we live by them. Our leaders are compassionate, supportive and avoid blame. We look at solution focused outcomes, working on a theme of continuous improvement, which benefits the Trust, its employees and of course our patients and services users.

We also offer great new rewards and benefits to staff as you will see, so if you are not already part of our team why not come and join us?

We offer 24 hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

Preference will be given to NHS colleagues who are currently 'at risk' and meet the minimum criteria of the Job Description & Person Specification.

Please provide accurate details for your references, these should cover the last 3 years and include your current or most recent employer or education to enable The Recruitment Team to be timely in their request. For internal staff we will seek a reference from your current manager.

Interview Expenses will not be paid.

Due to recent high volumes of applications, posts may be closed earlier once a sufficient number have been received.

Where required new employees will be subject to an electronic Disclosure & Barring Service check, please refer to the additional documentation above. You will be asked to attend a Pre-employment check appointment in Sleaford or Lincoln. Start dates will coincide with Induction and fall on the first week of the each month.

If you have any difficulty completing this application form please contact (01522) 421510
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