BHR Health and Care Academy

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In 2021 Integrated Care System (ICS) partners identified a growing need to change the way we tackle local workforce pressures within our Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge (BHR) and wider north east London (NEL) communities.

Each of our ICS partners is facing increasing demands over staff replacements and the upskilling of its workforce. 

The BHR Health and Care Academy views all health and social care partners across BHR and NEL as one whole system.

The Grow Our Own approach was born out of this research - with a mission of actively solving workforce challenges in social care and health across the patch and promoting education and training for local people to help them access new careers.

Roles could be AHPs (Allied Health Professionals), social workers, nurses (and school nurses), pharmacists, health visitors, social prescribers and all the other professionals who deliver fantastic levels of care and support across local authorities, primary care, acute care, mental health and other organisations within BHR and the wider NEL region.

The Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Health and Care Academy was established as an anchor organisation to embed the Grow Our Own system for the benefit of our local residents and ICS partners.

It is now fully operational and busily creating innovative solutions to improve workforce recruitment, staff retention, learning and training.

Focusing on these system-wide needs, what makes the approach to workforce solutions so unique is the new Academy data dashboard and this is already driving change, allowing ICS partners to view essential workforce data from multiple sources within health and social care - all in one place. 

The Data Dashboard

The Data Dashboard 

When the Academy commissioned an online interactive data dashboard to offer solutions across the ICS health and care workforce, it was explicit about its universal functionality, providing the information to empower decision-making at all levels, from smaller individual organisations right up to system level. 

The network of BHR health and care partners that contribute to the data dashboard provide a combined workforce of around 45,000.  

System partners currently include three local authorities, two NHS trusts, primary care and the private care sector.

Dashboard data includes, along with other indicators, access to FTEs (full time equivalent), headcount, sickness, vacancy and turnover rates, future risks for specific roles and living wage analysis. 

Through our care planning event we recently forged a new working partnership with SkillsforCare , the strategic workforce development and planning body for adult social care in England.  

The outcome is the organisation's data workforce is also now embedded in the new dashboard. 

The Academy data dashboard has some very impressive capabilities: 

Interconnected charts featuring: 

  • FTE, headcount 
  • Sickness, turnover and vacancy 
  • Vacancy and turnover rates 
  • Demographics 
  • Future risk via benchmarking and staff pipeline analysis 
  • Mapping of staff location by LSOA (Lower Layer Super Output Areas - high level geographic areas of c.2000 people) 
  • Future capabilities will include time series analysis as more months of data are added 

and ground-breaking benefits: 

  • Aggregation of multiple data sources into a single consolidated view of all workforce data from across BHR 
  • Full compliance with strict IG and GDPR to ensure data quality and anonymity etc 
  • Easy to understand, visual summary of data analysis that provides an at-a-glance overview of multiple areas of interest 
  • Use of MS Power BI technology to visualise and drill-down into data 
  • Time saved through automated analysis process 
  • Support for BHR Academy people planning and workforce strategy  
  • Support for data quality improvement and standardisation 
  • Reduction in duplication of central data request 

Academy Team

Alison Crewe, Director, BHR Health and Care Academy 

Kieran Kelly, Head of Information and Data 

Andrew Bennett, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement 

Jackeya Quayam, Programme Manager 

Chris Mathews, Business Manager 


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