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Our Health Heroes partners

Health Education England

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

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UNISON is one of the UK’s largest trade unions, serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors. We have a number of service groups including Health, Local government and Education to name a few.

UNISON is the UK’s largest healthcare trade union and our members are: nurses, student nurses, midwives, health visitors, healthcare assistants, paramedics, cleaners, porters, catering staff, medical secretaries, clerical and admin staff and scientific and technical staff. Our One Team campaign aims to promote the message that everyone who works in the NHS is valued, no matter what role they fill. The campaign raises the profile of vital members often overlooked, and we are proud to be sponsoring the Our Health Heroes awards this year, recognising the amazing work support staff do every day.

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The Open University

The Open University has over 15 years’ experience of delivering practice-based nursing degrees in partnership with employers, which offer support workers an opportunity to become qualified nurses and assistant practitioners. Our higher and degree apprenticeships are delivered flexibly around the demands of your organisation and require a minimal time away from the workplace. We use our tutor-supported, rich-media online learning methods to support workforce development in nursing and healthcare. The Open University for you, and your team.

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NHS Improvement

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers. We offer the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

NHS Improvement is the operational name for the organisation that brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change team and the Intensive Support Teams.

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NHS England

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. It sets the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourages and informs the national debate to improve health and care.

NHS England strongly believes in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations. It shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the tax payer.

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National Skills Academy for Health

The National Skills Academy for Health works with employers to improve access to high quality training provision for the healthcare workforce. We play a particular role in ensuring the healthcare support workforce gets the training they need in order to create and maintain a high-quality health service. Through our network of Excellence Centres, and with support from quality assured education and training providers, we bring together employers from the NHS, independent and voluntary sectors to coordinate, develop and implement high quality skills programmes that enhance the effectiveness of staff recruitment, development and progression.

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National Health Executive

NHE – the essential guide to health service management – uniquely and directly targets and engages those responsible for running and developing the UK’s health service, through unique and thought-provoking news, analysis, reports and updates on all aspects of the UK healthcare sector.

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Skills Platform

The Skills Platform specialises in helping you to find Health and social care training, listing only accredited and quality providers for you to work with. You can find local and national providers offering anything from face to face training to eLearning and downloadable resources.

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