Why Engage with the Excellence Centre?

  • Engaging with the WYHEC provides an opportunity to work collaboratively to develop and shape innovative and high quality workforce training and development solutions including
    • Advice and support related to Apprenticeship and Levy sharing WYHEC Apprenticeships Page
    • Find information on specific Career Pathways and what's happening locally in terms of Careers
  • There is no cost
  • You can see what's happening within the Excellence Centre by following us on Social Media, but if you would like to give us permission to use your email (request to be a named Partner) you can receive direct updates and information on WYHEC activities and personal invitations to attend conferences and development events
  • Local training and development opportunities are advertised on the Skills Platform in one central point
  • Access a web platform (Skills Platform) populated with learning and development options that are available for staff working within the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Areas 

Who can be a Partner?

Many of our Partners are organisations, some examples are outlined below.  However, if you work in the Health and Social Care sector within the West Yorkshire and Harrogate area, are a volunteer or carer,  and/or are interested in the development of the Health and Care Support Staff workforce, you can be a Partner.

Engagement with Partners

Affiliated with a national network of Excellence Centres through the National Skills Academy for Health, The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre works with partners from a wide range of different organisations within the statutory, independent and voluntary health and care sector as well as those who have an interest or role in development of the healthcare workforce and/or health and care system. Where possible we aim to compliment and support the ambitions and priorities for the Integrated Care System (West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership) and employer organisations of the Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB)

There is WYHEC representation at key regional strategic meetings and networks such as the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Delivery Group, Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB), Primary and Community Care Workforce Steering Group and Maximising the Contribution of the Current Workforce work-stream group.

Examples of some of the organisations that the Excellence Centre has been engaging with are listed below. Where possible we are keen to maximise impact and avoid duplication by working with and through existing established and emerging locality and professional networks and communities of practice. 

Health and Social Care Organisations that provide services and support including  NHS Trusts, Local Authorities & Social Care organisations; CCG’s, Prison Health Services, GP Practices/federations  and  Primary, Community and Domiciliary Care health and care services, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Hospices, Mental Health and Learning Disability providers

The six locality based entities in the Integrated Care System and associated Networks including the Leeds Health and Social Care Academy, Bradford Care Alliance, Wakefield GP Academy, Wakefield Connecting Care+, Bradford District Health and Care Economic Partnership (which includes the One Workforce Academy).

National Bodies: Examples include Health Education England, Skills for Care, Skills for Health, Public Health England , NHS England, Institute for Apprentices, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), Regional Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), NHS Employers.  

Schools, Further Education Training providers, Higher Education Institutions: including individual providers and the two key provider networks i.e. West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WCC) and the West Yorkshire  Learning Provider Network (WYLP).

National Charities: e.g. Alzeimers Society, MIND, MENCAP, Career Ready, The Princes Trust, Henshaws Society for Blind People.     

Regional Excellence Centres: South Yorkshire Regional Excellence Centre (SYREC) and the Humber Coast and Vale Excellence Centre (HCV).

Communities of Practice: Stroke Network, End of Life Care Network, Dementia and Older Persons Network


In previous years the Excellence Centre offered a no cost membership model. Having established more robust working links with stakeholders this approach no longer applies. Partners will be kept up to date regarding Excellence Centre activities through networking communication channels, our recently established website and better use of social marketing.

If you wish to find out more about the West Yorkshire and Harrogate excellence Centre or would like your organisation to become a named partner please email the team on: leedsth-tr.wyhexcellencecentre@nhs.net