Workforce Block 4 Seminars

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Don’t Abandon The Basics

'Mental Health', that old chestnut.

Is it your get out of jail free card?

Is it the new stress?

Is it another pandemic?

We all know about the importance of looking after your mental (and physical) health. We all want to feel good and look good and we all know what we should be doing. Yet we choose not to do it, leaving it until it's too late and our lives literally depend on it. And even then, old habits are so hard to break aren't they?

Us humans will mostly be attracted to the easy or convenient. Improving your health is rarely easy or convenient. It's a long game of boring consistency regardless of how you feel.

Let's explore why people ignore the warning signs and allow themselves to continue down the path of unfulfillment, repeating the same thing yet blindly hoping for different results. Or hiding behind excuses.

Let's look at the most simple strategy of getting back to basics. THE BASICS can be the foundations of change for you.

Told from real experience of drug & alcohol abuse, hitting rock bottom, seeking professional help, adhering to The Basics and a new mindset and life created.

Hitting your rock bottom needn't be the only way to find a new way. We all deserve to feel good about ourselves and make progress, to act with purpose and set the example.

To best advise and help others you must be an inspiring example, this presentation will provide you with a strategy to do just that.

It's an inside job, work on your mindset and emotional intelligence first, to then be able to change your outside world. To be able to make clear decisions and take action.

Do it for yourself first, to then be there for your team.


11:20 am - 11:40 am

Developing the Workforce of the Future

The aim of the presentation is to enlighten the audience on the career development pathways available for a range of individuals working within healthcare E&FM sectors.

Career progression pathways should focus on depth (progressing through the levels from Technician, to CP, AP, AE through to E&FM roles) and breadth (the range of specialisms available to support individuals to multi-skill across a range of disciplines). We will explain that breadth is just as important as depth and how it can be a much more attractive progression pathway to those not wanting to take on ultimate management responsibility but wanting a more varied and fulfilling career within the Healthcare E&FM sectors.

The presentation will also cover the different delivery methods available to support both depth and breadth in terms of apprenticeship training (level 2 through to level 8), short courses (online, face to face and blended delivery) and compliance training. It will reflect on the limitations that some of these methods have for developing competence.

We will also remind the audience of the E&FM apprenticeship options that are available to all individuals and not just the younger generation or new entrants. All NHS trusts will be paying into the apprenticeship levy and may not be aware of the variety of programmes available to them to maximise the spend against their contributions. We will also touch of the skills gap growing within the sector and provide an overview of the apprenticeship statistics within the Health and Science sector and impress how much time and focus needs to be committing to tackling the skills gap issue.

Examples can be provided of some initiatives we are running at Eastwood Park to try and respond to the skills gap and age demographic issues we have within our E&FM workforce.