Angie Oliver Deputy Director of Workforce & Organisational Development, HEIW

Jon Day, Assistant Director of Workforce Social Care Wales

Judges’ view
A truly inspiring story.True collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders, shared ownership, strong co-design and investment across health and social care. Their person-focused strategy led to building confidence, credibility and competence for the next 10 years.

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and Social Care Wales (SCW) jointly developed and delivered the first ten-year workforce strategy for health and social care in Wales.This encompasses all who provide high quality services, through statutory, private or voluntary providers,volunteers or as carers, and sets out the vision and approaches needed to put wellbeing at the heart of plans and deliver an inclusive, engaged, sustainable, flexible and responsive workforce.

This need was originally identified in A Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care (2018):, which set out the case for change.They took this opportunity to create a compassionate culture, address a number of long standing challenges and prepare the  workforce for future challenges.

Key points:

  • Not just about “more of the same” – need to transform ways of working to support the developing models of care and understand what skills are needed
  • Steering group jointly chaired by the CEOs of each organisation with stakeholder representation
  • 2,000 people directly involved – stakeholders, professional regulators, trade unions,professional bodies, clinical royal colleges and workforce, their families and the people of Wales
  • ‘Golden threads’ running throughout – wellbeing of the workforce, inclusion and the welsh language.

Highly Commended

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS: Mass Vaccination Team
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Mass Vaccination Team provided a collaborative workforce solution with all system partners from across Nottinghamshire. The MVT embraced cross sector working through a plan that recruited over 5,000 colleagues to administer  COVID-19 vaccine – the largest scaled programme across the Midlands region. This workforce approach offered  vaccines to local citizens in hard to reach locations, or communities or were historically people don’t who access health service. This encouraged vaccination for people who may not have otherwise have had access.

Judges’ view

For 9 partner organisations with only 5,000 staff to vaccinate 1m people in a short period is phenomenal. Great presentation which identified the key drivers and additional benefits.


Robert Simcox, Deputy Director of HR


Partnership approach pays dividends for unique city-wide vaccination programme
Leeds Health and Care Academy – hosted by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust COVID Vaccination Workforce Steering Group

Partners across Leeds took a one city approach to COVID-19 vaccinations. Using established partnerships and building new ones, Leeds created a single operation for recruitment, management and vaccine administration, maximising effciency and reducing duplication, generating employment and ensuring every person in Leeds had access to a safe, effective vaccine service.

Working in partnership enabled economies of scale, reduced bureaucracy and duplication, and ensured consistency for workers, volunteers and vaccine recipients. The programme cemented relationships and forged new ones, creating a talent pipeline extending beyond traditional recruitment routes.

Judges’ view

Good narrative with honesty and learning at its core.


Jessica Scrimshaw Programme Manager

Laura Smith, Director of Workforce, OD & System Development,

Kate O’Connell,

Director of Leeds Strategic Workforce and Health and Care Academy,

Jenny Lewis,

Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,

Rosie Holmes,

Head of Human Resources – Adults and Health / Children and Families, Leeds City Council,

Lara Parkinson, Head of People & OD, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group,

Hannah Cressey,

HR Business Partner, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust,

Mubina Ahmed,

Head of HR Operations, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,

Sue Jones,

Head of Primary Care Locality Development, Leeds GP Confederation,

Kam Kaur,

HR Manager, Vaccination Centre, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,

Julie Sutclie,

Head of Medical Workforce, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Andrew Blakesley,

Senior HR Business Partner, Leeds Vaccination Programme,

Sonia Arora,

Talent Pipeline Manager, Leeds One Workforce,

 Veena Murray,

Head of the Leeds Health and Care Academy

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