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Chichester marks 70th anniversary of the NHS with new Centre for Workforce Development

Centre for Workforce Development

THE 70-year anniversary of the NHS is a time for celebration of and reflection about our most-loved institution.

But it is also be a time when we look to the future of the NHS and how it will deliver its services – and at the heart of that debate sits the dedication of appropriately trained and developed personnel. The University of Chichester has chosen the 70th anniversary to announce the launch of its new Centre for Workforce Development, which will sit within the  Department of Childhood, Social Work and Social Care.

The Centre, which will open in the autumn, will act as a hub for research, applied research, knowledge transfer and continuing professional development activity. Courses and other learning sessions will be available to health care professionals in and around West Sussex, and to staff and students already at the University.

The Department has a regional reputation for working in collaboration with other organisations, including local authorities and partners in the higher education sector. It hosts the University’s social policy postgraduate research facility and it has developing research links with NHS organisations such as Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

University launches hub for healthcare professionals

Chris Smethurst, Head of the Department of Childhood, Social Work and Social Care, commented: “A knowledgeable and empowered workforce is key to the future success of the NHS, which is why we are launching our Centre for Workforce Development. We have success, experience and scope for incentivising and researching key workforce development strategies.

"This includes building resilience to bring about effective  change  via mentorship, coaching, and action learning within the context of the NHS and social care, mental health, child protection, early childhood, education and adult services.”

More information about the Centre for Workforce Development is available at www.chi.ac.uk/centre-workforce-development.