Integrated Talent Management
As part of our ‘What If’ series on change in the NHS, we spoke to Programme Director Clare Steward and asked her: “Putting all politics aside, if you could change one thing about the NHS, what would it be?”
If I could change one thing…
It would be for evolving health and care systems to have available the workforce they really require.
Fundamentally, we are in a place where the services that are there to support the health and care needs of individuals, do not have the key individuals they need to do so. For several years now, it has been well-recognised that professionals in key disciplines are in desperately short supply. This issue is prevalent across all areas of the health and care sector, resulting in an inability to deliver optimal care. As part of the work that I typically do, whether it is bringing systems together, reconfiguring current service provision or within the world of primary care, there is a consistent need to try and re-orientate the way in which we attract, resource and optimise.
What might it be like if, instead of competing across organisations and sectors, we were to look towards establishing a workforce that coalesces around an integrated care system? A provision where the opportunity for our most valued assets goes beyond portfolio careers, to that of an enterprise model that promotes individual ownership, along with an employer commitment that engenders trust and commitment to those staff.
As leaders, we are only as good as our staff and therefore we need to take responsibility, invest and promote a dynamic culture of value and ambition.
Clare is a successful and highly experienced senior System Leader, with more than fifteen years of senior NHS Board level experience, as an STP Programme Director and Advisor, CCG Accountable Officer, PCT Chief Executive Officer and numerous other Executive Director roles. She specialises in supporting the NHS and its partners to deliver highly complex strategic change programmes.
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