In its joint publication, the NHS Confederation and the Independent Commission on the College of the Future call on the Government to:
- Invest £5m over two years to pilot employer hubs in each of the seven NHS regions in England to help NHS and care organisations’ recruitment and training,
- Support the creation of a Health and Care College Council in England, with £2m funding over three years to create a national council to promote, develop and embed the essential contribution of colleges in education and training pipelines in England, and,
- Embed the role of colleges in the local delivery of the national NHS People Plan, which was published in July.
The NHS could take a more active role in shaping the skills agenda, working with providers to ensure that locally relevant and accessible solutions are found to the twin problems of rising unemployment and high vacancy levels within health and social care.