Maximising the Contribution of the Current Health and Care Workforce is one of the three key work streams for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre.  The activities in this workstream continue the original “core offer“ of the Excellence Centre, and are aimed at supporting the current health and care workforce through the provision of a central point that provides signposting to resources and training, bringing together examples of best practice.  Within this work stream there are a number of ambitions and activities which are detailed in the diagram below. Additional information on each of the activities is available in the relevant heading list.





Monthly Accolade

If you have a colleague who you would like to accolade please let us via email to

All successful nominations will be highlighted on this website and through social media

Support Staff Conference

We are in the process of agreeing a venue, the agenda and date - March 2020. Conference information and bookings will be posted on the Skills Platform. Keep an eye out on social media and the events pages of this website.

Workforce Well-being Initiatives

Look out for Workforce Wellbeing initiatives that we are promoting on Twitter

A number of resources and development options to support Workforce Wellbeing are available on the Skills Platform 

Stroke Network

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Clinical Stroke Network are supporting a number of Masterclasses around Stroke.

All masterclasses are advertised on the Skills Platform where recording of some of the sessions can be accessed.

An Annual Conference is planned for October 2019  Stroke Clinical Network Conference

Find out more about the work of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Stroke Programme

End of Life Care

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre provided some funding in 2018 for the Kirklees and Calderdale End of Life Care Education Group to develop an End of Life Care Home Workbook.

Following successful events, the workbook can now be accessed free from the Skills Platform enabling staff to develop their confidence and work practices around End of Life Care.


Skills Platform

As an Excellence Centre we have use of the Skills Platform, a national web-based platform where we advertise all training and development opportunities available across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.  We strive to keep this as up-to-date as possible.  If you would like to advertise any training that you provide or promote for others, please let us know by emailing us at

Evaluation and Feedback

We are keen to promote courses of high quality that have improved participants confidence and work practices. If you have previously undertaken an advertised course please leave feedback for others and help us promote useful learning.

We would particularly like to hear from you if you have brought about a change or measurable impact followng attending any of the courses advertised. See some of the feedback we have received already and leave your own review on the Skills Platform


Support Staff Workforce Development Fund

One of the key activities of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence is to allocate the Support Staff Workforce Development Fund (previously known as SSLDF).  This is the second year that we will be doing this on behalf of Health Education England (HEE) and the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care System.

In past years, allocations went directly to NHS Trusts. However, this year a different process is in place to ensure that a working system is in place and to seek better alignment of proposals with the prorities of the locality and the Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB).

A request for proposals in currently in place. Proposals need to be submitted by noon on the 23rd August, 2019 in order to be considered.

Guidance Document which outlines the process

Funding Application Form

We would like to hear from organisations who accessed the funding last year and have seen positive impact as a result of the activities.  Please email us to share your stories on


Evaluation Framework for Training

In the next few months we will be developing an Evaluation Framework for all the training we advertise on the Skills Platform. If you already use an evaluation framework for training, please let us know so we can consider it and share what works.