Better skills, better jobs and better health
Skills for Health is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of an improved and sustainable healthcare workforce across the UK.Who we are
Overcoming the barriers to better healthcare provision
For nearly 20 years we’ve helped hundreds of NHS Trusts, independent and private healthcare providers, community and voluntary healthcare organisations, and so many more to solve local and national workforce challenges.
Significantly improve investment in healthcare education and training
Improve the utilisation and effectiveness of the support workforce
Cut patient waiting times (for example from 2 years to just 4 weeks)
Help to realise organisational change improvements to enhance care quality
Improve staff retention and reduce staff turnover by 50% in some cases
Release workforce savings from £50k to £10m+
Create new roles aligned to national standards in as little as 8 weeks
Save £20,000 on locum and bank staff costs in just 6 months
What we can help you with
Latest from the frontline
Bringing you the latest insights, news and resources from the health sector’s leading experts, commissioners, researchers, and workforce specialists.
Workforce planning and development
We work with national NHS bodies, NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations who turn to us as a trusted partner for specific workforce planning solutions. Our health-tailored workforce development experts and researchers will help you identify, understand, and achieve the change you need.
eLearning and learning management
As one of the UK’s leading authorities on training compliance and developers of the Core Skills Training Framework, our elearning courses are perfectly aligned to support you in effectively training and maintaining learning at pace. LearnSpace, our unique learning management solution based on Totara Learn, has been tailored to support you in managing staff training compliance and seamlessly integrates with recognised HR systems used by the NHS.
In healthcare organisations of every size it’s vitally important that the right people are in the right place at the right time. Ensuring safe staff levels are maintained at all times is key to delivering high-quality patient care, at a cost that is right for you. Realtime Rostering is a perfectly suited addition for healthcare organisations to roster their entire workforce, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Trusted to deliver
As the Sector Skills Council for Health and a leading not-for-profit, our customers trust us to invest their money wisely. By working with us, our customers are making their own commitment to the development of a sustainable and improved healthcare workforce for the future. Discover our recent work below.
We work with Health Education England to develop nationally recognised Healthcare Apprenticeships, as part of the ‘Get in, Get on, Go Further’ strategic aims. Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online showcases our work in collaboration with trailblazer groups and national bodies.
National workforce research
Through our research division, we work directly with employers and national bodies to understand and evaluate healthcare workforce trends, aligned to public health issues. We also conduct our own research projects, aligned to national healthcare challenges (including Covid-19 research).
With 20 years’ experience in healthcare workforce development, research, funding, and role design, we help employers navigate through complex changes to apprenticeships to help grow their own workforce and meet government apprenticeship targets.
Leadership, management & OD
Our expert leadership and OD team support NHS and healthcare organisations to develop robust leadership programmes, working either with individuals, teams, or entire organisations to combat change management issues. We align our methodologies and practice to real healthcare issues and guidance such as the NHS People Plan 2020.
The Care Certificate
The Care Certificate is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life. Designed with the non-regulated workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.
Healthcare Quality Mark: Training Assurance
In health and care it’s vital that training processes meet rigorous, compliant standards and that staff have the skills and knowledge they need to do their jobs to the highest possible quality. The Skills for Health Quality Mark kitemark gives you the reassurance needed that training has been robustly assessed to meet your exacting needs.
Organisational Diagnostic Tool - Ambit
Ambit is our organisational diagnostic tool for OD and HR professionals that helps you assess, measure, benchmark and improve how your workplace is performing against essential aspects of organisational life. With three levels of analysis, you can choose the level of reporting that suits your organisational strategy and needs.
Our Health Heroes Awards
We believe that every person in the health sector and NHS deserves a voice. That’s why, for five years we’ve been advocating the recognition of the entire workforce, of which over 40% is made up of support roles. We’ve been celebrating individuals and teams often seen as working ‘behind the scenes’ since 2016 with key partners to deliver the national Our Health Heroes Awards.
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