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Allied Health Conference 2018 - Workforce Presentations

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In May 2018, the 20 DHBs’ national Directors of Allied Health Group hosted The 2018 Allied Health Conference at Te Papa in Wellington. The conference theme was “Live Well, Stay Well, Get Well with Allied Health” in conjunction with the 2016 New Zealand Health Strategy.

 Five members of the Workforce Team presented at the recent Allied Health Scientific and Technical Conference in Wellington. There was a high level of interest in the workforce presentations.


Dynamic workforce data at your fingertips – helping to answer your questions

Amanda Newton - Workforce Information Project Manager

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As at December 2017 the AHS&T workforce, within the DHBs, made up 16% of DHB employees, as compared with 13% in Medicine and 38% in Nursing.  The AHS&T workforce also has a significant footprint in the wider health and social services sector, outside of the DHBs.

Data provides the evidence base to support workforce/service development and planning, it provides the starting point to generate insights, discovery and learning.

DHB employed workforce information is captured on behalf of the 20 DHBs, by the Health Workforce Information (HWIP) Team, within TAS and can provide long term trend analysis.

What are the questions you are trying to answer that this data might help you with?

Examples:

* What is the percentage of over 55s for social workers?

* How many Maori and Pacific employees are there in the AHS&T workforce in my DHB?  How does this compare to my DHB population?

* How many years do my AHS&T workforce work within my DHB as compared to other DHBs, to other DHBs of a similar size, by region? Which professions stay the longest, which stay the shortest?

* What can I learn from other DHBs?

Using the workforce visualisation tool, developed by the HWIP team, you can find out the general make up and characteristics of the DHB employed health and disability workforce, how the AHS&T workforce compares to other workforce groups (senior doctors, junior doctors, nursing, midwifery, care and support and corporate and other), how it has changed over time, at a national, regional and local level.

The workforce visualisation tool enables easy access to standardised DHB employed workforce data held by HWIP, enabling dynamic analysis and reporting for users.

 


The 20 District Health Boards’ Allied Health, Scientific & Technical Workforce - Bringing the Numbers to Life

Kamini Pather - Workforce Specialist

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Bringing numbers to life

You can’t build a successful workforce without accurate information and a comprehensive understanding of that workforce. Better data and analytics can help to support a greater understanding of current and future health workforce requirements, as well as evidence based policy development and resource allocation.

It sometimes seems like there are mounds of workforce data, but it is not always clear how to turn that data into information that can guide good decisions - understanding what that data is telling you is often challenging.

We are working with the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) and agencies across the sector to develop a comprehensive picture of the shape and characteristics of the DHB Allied Health, Scientific & Technical Workforce.

Allied Health, Scientific and Technical practitioners have an essential role in the health workforce and work across a range of areas.

In this session, we will explore and highlight trends, insights and current challenges relating to the DHB Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Workforce.

The Workforce Information & Projects Team at TAS is a national resource, which supports the 20 DHBs to develop a sustainable and stable health workforce which is able to meet the present and future needs of the population it serves. We do this by undertaking workforce assessments, developing workforce analysis, and supporting effective workforce development and planning initiatives.

Through this process - numbers are our friends!


Investing in our Health System Leadership for the Future - Leadership at All Levels

Brenda Hall, Programme Manager - Talent Management and Leadership Development

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Leadership

A signpost of success in the NZ health strategy theme “One Team” is that a system wide leadership and talent management programme will be in place by 2020.  In December 2016 the 20 DHB’s signed up to implementing the public sector Talent Management and Leadership Development Framework; aligned around a common understanding of what good leadership looks like.

Engagement surveys across the DHB’s have told us clearly that our people want to be enabled with visible, supportive and consistent leadership.  It is leadership at all levels- not just from the people in designated leadership roles-  that assists us to transform our health system from hospital centric to people centric in response to the diverse health needs of our communities.  And it requires a diverse workforce, with complementary skill sets to deliver the services that add value.

The framework enables coherent pathways for developing leadership and talent that inspire and motivate people already working in the health system, and underpins engagement and recruitment processes for those considering the variety of roles health offers as a career.

Talent management is an investment in developing everyone to do their best work- regardless of the role they play in our health system. The foundation of talent management is conversations between people and their managers to develop an understanding of people’s aspirations and drivers, and identifying how to support their growth through individual development plans.

And it’s not just for the DHB workforce.  An intentional approach to developing our people includes working across organisational boundaries, both within the wider health workforce and connecting with other agencies who share the desire to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.


Kiwi Health Jobs (Mahi Hauora) -Empowering sector collaboration to provide better recruitment outcomes for less

Sam Valentine - Project Manager

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KHJ presso

Kiwi Health Jobs (KHJ) is an initiative funded by the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) and New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) to provide candidates a single platform where they can find jobs advertised by employers across the New Zealand Health Sector.

The 20 DHBs and NZBS are committed to advertising all vacancies on KHJ and are increasing the profile of the job board by further embedding KHJs function within each organisations systems and processes. KHJ is also looking to build relationships with other websites to further promote vacancies and build the brand. KHJ has been operating since 2011 and now generates around 60,000 visits a month, two thirds of which are domestic and one third comprising an international audience.

Learn more about the value that KHJ can provide both candidates and employers. Candidates can expect a better choice of Allied Health roles throughout New Zealand than any other job site. For employers, KHJ can offer improved access to talent by integrating our service with DHB         systems and leverage off our 70,000 strong workforce to offer exposure that no other job website can provide.

The service is open for private providers and other employers outside of the DHBs and NZBS to advertise at a significantly lower cost than offered by commercial job sites.


Wellbeing for Health Website: Wellbeingforhealth.nz

Rory Barton - In-house Legal & Workforce Project Advisor

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Wellbeing presso

Go to Wellbeingforhealth.nz

Wellbeing for Health is a joint DHB and Union partnership project to design a website as an easy to use hub for tools and resources related to workplace wellbeing in the New Zealand health sector.

Promoting the positive drivers of workplace wellbeing is a key priority for DHBs and our union partners. These enable our people to do and be their very best and respond to the challenges of poor wellbeing. We have a collective commitment to create environments in which all our people can thrive at work.

The key areas for wellbeing include: Tikanga (Culture and values), Kōrero (Communication & Engagement), Better work practices, Ᾱrahitangi (Leadership), and Personal Wellbeing. 

We are committed to setting an example of positive wellbeing for our people to live well, stay well and get well with the New Zealand Health Strategy, so we can better deliver services to our communities.

The poster showcases the website tools and resources available and how you can make use of them to better the wellbeing of our workforces, and help our people to live well.