General News

Crescent Radio - Health Matters

PCA have booked the following dates for the 'Health Matters' show.

28th August
11th September
25th September
9th October

Other dates are to be confirmed.

Zahida Warrich the presenter of the ‘Heath Matters’ show has said that the PCA/RHA messages have been very impactful, and this reflected in the feedback from listeners. The show can be conducted in the English language or adapted to reflect the local Rochdale community.

The staff at Crescent are really helpful with those who want to appear on the show – the slot is live, for a 30-45 minute duration, and can be done via a telephone link, or if one person they can attend in the studio on Devon Street in Rochdale which is a ‘COVID-Secure’ environment however there is only around a metre distance between the guest and presenter.

If anyone is keen, or can recommend a local health professional that may want to appear on the show from 09:30 on the dates above, please let Steve Green know as soon as possible.

Virtual Apprenticeship Week GM: August 12-21

The Manchester Carers Network & Answer Cancer Presents - Let's Talk Cancer

A cancer awareness and cancer champion recruitment session for all carers in Manchester.

Pre-Employment / Apprenticeship Programmes and Partnerships with Colleges – Guidance for Employers

Welcome to the first guidance created specifically with partnership working with colleges in mind. This resource is both in recognition of the many instances of successful partnerships between colleges, and their local health & care employers – and we want to share successes and develop the models to best support the opportunity of recruiting students more seamlessly from college programmes.

This guidance is an invitation to contribute and take part in developing these strategic partnerships with colleges, enable the spread of innovative partnerships, to celebrate, recognise and share best practice,  and maximise the opportunities of supporting college students into health &  care careers.
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Key updates from the updated ESFA Apprenticeship Funding Policy

New apprentice incentive payments
An incentive payment will be made to employers who hire an apprentice between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021.
The apprentice must be a new employee to the business, have a contract of employment start date between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021 (inclusive) and must not have been employed by the employer within the six months prior to the contract start date.

Claims can start to be made by employers in relation to these apprentices from 1st September 2020. Those claims must be made through the apprenticeship service.

There will be two levels of payment based on age. For apprentices aged 16-24 the payment will be £2,000, and for apprentices aged 25 or over the payment will be £1,500. The payment will be made directly to employers in two equal instalments, where the apprentice is still in learning at day 90 and day 365.
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Primary Care Academy featured on Rochdale Online


HEAT Awards

Our 2020 HEAT (healthcare education and training) Awards celebrate the importance of education, training, leadership and workforce development play in delivering high-quality, safe and compassionate healthcare across the NHS in England. 

We are looking for individuals and teams who deserve to be recognised for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the NHS in these fields.  
These annual awards, run by Health Education England (HEE) and supported by NHS X, are aimed at those who provide an NHS service in England including GP and dental practices, allied charitable and third sector organisations, private sector NHS providers, social care providers, and people training to work in the NHS such as student doctors and nurses.  
There are more than a dozen award categories, ranging from Inspiring Apprentice and Inspirational Colleague to accolades for leadership, digital innovation, championing diversity, making the NHS the best place to work and NHS People Champion.  
The nominations for these prestigious awards, the closing date was 27th March at midnight. 
The finalists will be announced in May and all finalists along with their nominators will be invited to an awards ceremony (which will be held in London on 9 July.  - TBC)
The 2020 HEAT Awards, now in their second year, bring together a range of local and regional awards schemes that have been previously been run by HEE and the leadership awards previously run by NHS Leadership Academy.  
The inaugural awards attracted nearly 800 nominations and the winners were announced at a ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in July 2019. You can read about them on our website

Join the conversation at #2020HEATAwards  

The awards

  • Inspiring Student Award (open to individuals) 
  • Inspiring Apprentice Award (open to individuals) 
  • Inspiring Trainee Award (open to individuals) 
  • Inspirational Colleague Award (open to individuals) 
  • Inspiring Returnee (open to individuals) 
  • Inspirational Leader of the Year (open to individuals) 
  • NHS Emerging Leader of the Year (open to individuals) 
  • System Transformation Team of the Year (open to teams) 
  • Digital and TEL Innovation Award – supported by NHS X (open to individuals and teams) 
  • Delivering 21st Century Care Award (open to individuals and teams) 
  • Inspiring Student or Trainee Educator (open to individuals and teams) 
  • Making the NHS the Best Place to Work and Train (open to individuals and teams) 
  • Champion of Diversity, Inclusion and Widening Participation (open to individuals and teams) 
  • Our NHS People Champion (discretionary award for the finalist who best exemplifies the values of the NHS Constitution) 
  • HEAT Awards Learner Champion (discretionary award for the most outstanding individual learner finalist)

HEAT Awards launch poster (.pdf)463.65 KB
HEAT Awards guide v3 (1) (.pdf)277.49 KB

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