The Connect Health Academy is our enhanced learning and development suite – a place for all colleagues to Discover, Grow and Thrive within Connect Health.
The Connect Health Academy enables:
- an inclusive environment to explore and develop careers within Connect Health and beyond
- all colleagues the ability to expand their knowledge, skills and capabilities to be the best they can be
- improved quality of care for our patients while enhancing learning for our multi-professional workforce
- a “Great Place to Work”
Peter Stabler, Head of People and Development, explained:
Our Learning and Organisational Development priorities are focused around the foundations required for us to grow and mature as a business; to deliver the core fundamentals that allow us to operate, and to carry out our business and our responsibilities.
This will ensure that high quality care is at the forefront of what we do so we can deliver improved patient outcomes, patient experience and patient safety. The Connect Health Academy will also help us build our understanding of the skills that exist and competencies that we need for the future, so we start to forward plan and build to grow as well as ensure our leaders have the right skills, capability and behaviours that are expected in order to support the delivery of our strategy and their teams.
The Academy is more than a system, it is a place where our colleagues can Discover, Grow and Thrive. They can develop their skills and knowledge and explore new areas of interest. It is fully accessible and is inclusive to all our colleagues.
Andrew Cuff, Head of Clinical Strategy, said:
Since its initial launch in 2021, the Academy has continued to evolve to support clinical colleagues to develop, enhance their capability, and achieve their potential. This new launch represents a step change in its evolution for all colleagues. It is not the finished product, but the exciting journey continues as we remain unparalleled in professional development offerings.
Learning for all
As well as completing mandatory training, colleagues can explore a whole host of courses including Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity and Leadership Management to name a few.
Our clinical education is vital for the development of our colleagues, the Academy offers Graduate Development Programmes (GDP), Advanced Practitioner programmes, Clinical Inductions and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days. As well as other events that take place throughout our academic calendar. We offer all clinicians 5% blocked time for their Professional Development. We are continuously evolving, and improving our offering based on colleagues and business needs.
Putting patients at the centre with Personalised Care
Personalised care is one of the five major, practical changes to the NHS, as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan with an ambition to reach 2.5 million people by 2023/24 and then aims to double that again within a decade.
Personalised care means people have choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered. It is based on ‘what matters’ to them and their individual strengths and needs.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is important to our organisation and we want to educate our colleagues around specific subject matters that are vitally important both here in Connect Health and within society. The Academy includes courses on subjects such as ‘Unconscious Bias in Practice’ and ‘The Uncomfortable Conversation’ – bringing to life the importance of how we apply principles to the way in which we work and behave with each other.
The development of the Academy has been a long-term vision that I am proud to see evolving to deliver our education strategy across Connect Health. To see our clinical, operational and support functions develop their knowledge, improve performance and their application to the role is exciting and an exceptional achievement.