Developing the People Plan for Cheshire and Merseyside


The Workforce and OD team has been working with HR, OD and wider system colleagues to develop a Cheshire and Merseyside People Plan, responding to the NHS People Plan released in August. When the national plan was released, it stipulated ‘systems have a particularly important role to play as set out in the NHS system planning guidance. As a minimum, all systems should develop a local People Plan in response to the ‘We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 – action for us all’. The first iteration of the plan has been submitted on 21st September and focuses on the system level work required across the partnership inclusive of health, social care and the care home sector, to realise the ambitions of the national plan.

Aligning to the national requirements, the regional plan includes specific actions related to:

  • Looking after our people – with quality health and wellbeing support for everyone
  • Belonging – with a particular focus on tackling the discrimination that some staff face
  • New ways of working and delivering care – making effective use of the full range of our people’s skills and experience
  • Growing for the future – how we recruit and keep our people, and welcome back colleagues who want to return

The plan will be iterative and will continue to develop over the coming months. In addition to the plan, Cheshire and Merseyside will be required to establish a People Board which will report to the North West People Board. This will be the governance structure for progress with the regional plan as we move forward. Terms of reference are being developed and the first meeting is scheduled for November.

Look out for further news and developments on the People Plan in future editions of Connect.

Continuing to Do things Differently

We are thrilled that September has enabled us to conclude the first cohort of the Doing things Differently System Leadership Programme which commenced before the pandemic. The final session took place virtually and colleagues from across the Cheshire and Merseyside system came together to consider their leadership learning through the COVID-19 crisis. Participants will continue their development journey with virtual coaching support to implement their learning in relation to the Cardiovascular Disease agenda, which was the focus of cohort 1.

We also welcome people joining cohort 2 who will start the programme on 30th September. Delivered virtually, the focus for this cohort will be on applying systems leadership to mental health and wellbeing transformation work. Over 65 system colleagues from right across the 9 Places in the Cheshire and Merseyside geography are taking part in the virtual, development programme. We will continue to share updates from the programme and if you have any queries or would like to know more, please contact Lisa Gresty or Gill Phazey.

Interested in System Leadership?

The NHS North West Leadership Academy (NHS NWLA) has a helpful resource available to support the development of system leadership behaviours and skills. The System Leadership Behaviours Framework was developed with input from a wide group of cross sector colleagues and reflects the kinds of behaviours that support effective system level working. The framework is relevant for anyone working at system level across the public sector and is available for download from the NHS NWLA website, along with the System Leadership Behaviours Cards; a practical tool to enable exploration of the behaviours in discussions, meetings or coaching conversations. Take a look for more information and if you would like to learn more about using the framework or cards and how they might support system leadership development in your teams please contact Gill Phazey.

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