February 2, 2023


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Plan for digital well being and social care will assist alleviate staffing pressures throughout the NHS


The Affiliation of Skilled Staffing Corporations (APSCo) has welcomed the plan for digital well being and social care introduced at present by the Division for Well being and Social Care. The plan outlines how the Authorities will speed up the usage of digital expertise throughout the NHS and social care to enhance effectivity and unencumber frontline employees’ time.

Along with the funding in expertise, the plan recognises the necessity to bolster expertise throughout the healthcare enviornment, outlining plans to:

Develop a Nationwide Digital Workforce Technique to bridge the talents hole and make sure the NHS stays a lovely place to work
Develop the specialist knowledge and expertise workforce wanted to help digital well being and social by way of creating an extra 10,500 positions for graduates, apprentices and skilled hires
Embed digital expertise improvement into college curriculums to help future and incoming workforces
Present a digital studying supply for grownup social care workers, akin to providing accessible coaching and on-line assets.

Tania Bowers, World Public Coverage Director at APSCo commented:

“The healthcare sector continues to be making an attempt to atone for the backlog that was created throughout the pandemic, so any transfer to alleviate a few of the time pressures on already over-stretched employees is welcome. With the Authorities’s Well being and Social Care Committee presently operating inquiries round digitising the NHS and bolstering expertise, the plan for digital well being and social care units stable foundations for change.

“The introduced Nationwide Digital Workforce Technique might be key to not solely supporting the healthcare sector generally, however can even maximise the potential of the built-in care programs (ICS). This newest information ought to assist enhance entry to expert employees and guarantee they’re deployed in the appropriate care settings on the proper time to unblock affected person supply points brought on by a scarcity of accessible assets.

“Simplification throughout hiring frameworks in healthcare continues to be wanted, although. Actually, APSCo launched its devoted Compliance+ accreditation for the scientific and healthcare sector this week in a bid to create a constant recruitment normal that’s recognised and utilised throughout all frameworks, in synergy with NHS Employers.”

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