Finding of the #IDHEKSS Staff Recruitment & Retention Coaching Program by Heike Guilford OUT NOW

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“A manager filling all of his vacancies and saving an estimated £30,000 in agency costs. HR professionals revamping recruitment days and involving existing staff and experts by experience in the process. Colleagues working with staff to build a network strategy online and offline. Just some of the the brilliant results from the #IDHEKSS staff recruitment and retention programme”

My name is Heike Guildford. I am a qualified RNLD, coach and bestselling author of ‘How To Fill 50 Jobs In 90 Days’.

I was over the moon when my proposal to deliver a staff recruitment and retention programme got accepted by Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex. I quickly learned from course participants that many services are struggling to attract the right people with the right skills. It became clear that HR and healthcare professionals were really looking for a roadmap to recruit and retain staff without breaking the bank. I am very happy to share with you the results and the full report of the programme here:

“The KSS local office has an Intellectual Disabilities programme. It was through this that an offer of support was made to stakeholders, asking them to put forward proposals for pilot projects that would support the education and training of the workforce. The proposal from The Coaching Nurse was accepted, and this work is the result of it. The Coaching Nurse Nurse has produced two freely available reports since the project has been completed, a full version and an easy read version, and has also given a poster presentation at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice. The Id programme at HEE KSS is moving forwards into its third year and will be ensuring that all projects that the local office has been able to support, including this one, continue to be disseminated amongst stakeholders and other interested parties.”

Rhona Westrip (Intellectual Disabilities  Programme Manager, HEEKSS)

If you want to find out more about the programme please contact:

Rhona Westrip

Programme Manager Intellectual Disabilities
Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex


NHS England/Together for Short Lives webinar: Palliative and End of Life Care for Children and Young People

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Dear colleague

Together for Short Lives will be leading the next in NHS England’s National Palliative and End of Life Care webinar series, which will be held on Tuesday 2 May, 13.00 – 14.00. The session will consider how to identify children requiring palliative care;  explore where children are cared for and address the need for optimal symptom management and resources available to support this.

Over 40,000 babies, children and young people in England have a life-limiting condition and are likely to require palliative care throughout their lives. Children who require palliative care can be cared for in various settings: in hospital, at home, or in a children’s hospice. Care also continues across other settings including education such as schools and universities and within community and leisure services, groups and clubs.  Giving families real choice; a choice of place of care; a choice of place of death; a choice of emotional and bereavement support; and putting the child and family at the centre of decision making, is key to enabling them to have the best quality of life, and death, possible.

Despite the publication of the Government’s End of Life Commitment and NICE guidance on End of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, there are still many challenges in securing a quality of life and a quality of end of life care for children and young people with life limiting conditions.

There are limited places available on this Webinar and you will need to Register to attend

The webinar will be recorded. If you are unsuccessful in securing a place or are unable to attend but would like a copy of the recording then please let us know.

For more information on attending a Webinar, please refer to the attached Guide.

If you have any queries, please contact us on

Kind regards

End of Life Care Team

Medical Directorate

NHS England |  5W25 | Quarry House | Quarry Hill | LEEDS | LS2 7UE



@iHealthVisiting needs patient and public representatives for “receiving different news” study #IDHEKSS


Dear All

I am looking for two people who have had the experience of receiving different news about their baby either during pregnancy or at birth, to be part of the patient and public representatives for our study. Their role will be to comment on the study approach, study instruments and their appropriateness with their insight of having been through this experience. We will develop information in lay man terms for them to look at.  Commitment is maybe three times during the 18 month project equating to once before the project starts, maybe attend one of the steering committee meetings and also at the end before we publish our results.

Please may you let me know if you know anyone who may be willing to take this on for us?

Kind regards

Dr Esther Mugweni BSc, MPH, PhD

Research Lead, Institute of Health Visiting

POTENTIAL Level 7 Apprenticeship in #LD and autism across health and social care including nursing, social workers and AHP’s #IDHEKSS

Dear All

Good news! An expression of interest for the advanced clinical practitioner role has been accepted for development and will be relevant across health and social care.

Such an apprenticeship will be designed for implementation across health and social care learning disability and autism services. Including health and social care provides a great opportunity to enhance the core and specialist elements of the course. More importantly this overarching approach may also and improve the care to the people with learning disabilities and or autism, their families and carers.

Just for clarity the expression of interest that has been approved is for the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (degree) role which has been accepted for development. However the Standards Development Team have requested that the output be relevant across health and social care.
The request for it to be relevant to health and social care therefore positions it perfectly for implementation in Learning Disabilities/Autism thus providing a multi disciplinary, multi sector learning disability/autism apprenticeship at Level 7 . It provides a great opportunity to enhance both the core and specialist option/ elements of the role and would provide an real opportunity for enhancing the opportunities for people working in the learning disabilities/autism area regardless of sector and profession. More importantly this overarching approach may also and improve the care to the people with learning disabilities/ autism and their families and carers.
It is for this reason key stakeholders have been asked to contact with the trailblazer directly via the e mail address below to support the potential development. I am also in the process of arranging a stakeholder meeting to scope the level of support for the development . This is likely to take place in London in June and will be open to interested parties.

In the meantime can I would be grateful if through your networks you ask all interested organisations, employers ( NHS, social care and the private sector and independent sector) and interested HEIs etc to make their support for the development known by personal contact via

Many thanks for your assistance with this

Best wishes

Marie Lancett

Workforce Specialist (South) – Transforming Care Programme

 Health Education England


NEW campaign about Annual Health Checks – Don’t miss out!

Dear colleague

I am emailing to let you know about a fantastic new campaign and set of resources about the Learning Disability Register, Annual Health Checks, and Summary Care Records, produced by Mencap in collaboration with NHS England. This is all about encouraging people with a learning disability to get better healthcare, by letting people know that doctors and other healthcare workers can provide extra support and advice. The main message is to make sure you tell your doctor that you have a learning disability, so that they can add you to their register.

Please see the attached release and help us to share this important message! – Tell your doctor you have a learning disability and they can check if you are on the learning disability register. If you are not, they can arrange for your name to be added. This means you will be offered extra support to make things a bit easier. And, importantly, you could get an Annual Health Check. This information can be shared with other doctors and nurses, so they can make things easier for you too.

The campaign is called ‘Don’t miss out’ and the hashtag for social media is #dontmissout

The direct link to the guides and resources is:

The resources include:

  • main guide about joining the learning disability register and why it’s so important;
  • guide for supporters of people with a learning disability about the register, Annual Health Checks, and Summary Care Records;
  • template easy read letter to complete and give to your doctor about joining the learning disability register;
  • easy read guide about joining the learning disability register and why it’s important.

There’s also a really snappy animation (on the Mencap website): 

We would be very grateful for your support in sharing this with your networks. Mencap is promoting the campaign nationally, as well as doing some community based projects with groups (more information available, if you want to know what’s happening in your region.)

We are always looking for case studies and blogs which reinforce the campaign, so please do share any great stories. 

Thanks and best wishes

Miranda Askew

Senior Stakeholder Manager

NHS England Learning Disability Programme


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