Most HEE Local Branches Will Be Replaced With New Workforce Boards
Health Education England’s local committees are set to be restructured in a bid to better tackle workforce problems alongside NHS England’s five-year plan for the health service.
13 HEE local education and training boards (LETBs), which are responsible for matters including producing workforce projections at a regional level, will be reduced down to just four, the board decided in a meeting this month.
New boards will be created, which will be known as “local workforce action boards” (LWABs), which will align them more closely with the 44 geographical areas identified for producing local sustainability and transformation (STP) plans, as part of delivering NHS England’s Five-Year Forward View by 2020.
To make sure that the appropriate number of LWABs required is correct, HEE said that they are working with partners to come to an agreement. These numbers are not expected to match the STP regions exactly, with about 38 currently planned.
The changes will be introduced by 1 August 2016, following engagement with stakeholders on how to implement them before July.
In HEE board papers, it noted that under its current structure it was “not local enough to take account of the new context represented by STPs”.
“Whilst LETBs do a remarkable job in bringing partners together we do need to change some aspects of our engagement and governance model in order to ensure we reflect where the Five-Year Forward View workforce issues need to be discussed and addressed together,” stated the papers.
They added: “In order to ensure workforce issues are being dealt with comprehensively at the right level by the right partners, it is proposed HEE aligns its committee structure with the Five-Year Forward View architecture across England locally, regionally and nationally”.
The four LETBs in the future will cover London and the South East, the South, the Midlands and East, and the North.