The Leeds Health and Care Academy is the first of its kind in the UK, providing a unique opportunity for the city’s health and social care workforce to learn and work together across organisational boundaries.
As such, it is transforming the thinking, learning and culture across the city’s entire health and care workforce.
Its comprehensive portfolio of learning and development opportunities are developed and adapted according to what the system needs and are helping plug skills gaps. Courses include apprenticeships in data analysis, people leadership and project management, communication, personal development programmes, working virtually, mental health and wellbeing, and more – all of which are free at the point of access for anybody who works or volunteers in the city health and care sector.
In another UK first, the Leeds Health and Care Learning Portal means these opportunities and resources are offered online to the entire workforce, regardless of their employer, role or level of experience.
Leeds is also at the cutting edge of workforce solutions across complex systems. The Leeds Health and Care Academy helps address shared workforce challenges, working with partners to support staff wellbeing, recruitment and careers, retention, progression, and diversity and inclusion.
Its bespoke approach to workforce planning is helping deepen insights and better inform shared priorities for education, resourcing, development and retention of Leeds health and care workforce.
From engaging young people in health and care careers to providing opportunities for training and mutual aid for staffing between partners, the Academy is able to balance the city’s immediate needs while addressing its future workforce requirements.