The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse the development of a foundation degree, including a higher apprenticeship route, which enables learners to access both higher education (HE) and health and social care professional programmes. The underpinning rationale is the urgent workforce crisis in health and social care services.
The authors will review the multiple drivers which stimulated course development and the creation of a community of practice to ensure quality management. This case study illustrates the potential of a higher apprenticeship to enable both personal and professional development.
The paper provides insight into working with a number of further education colleges, how to ensure consistency in delivery and assessment and the strategies which contribute to quality assurance. This case study illustrates the potential of work-based learning to transform lives and to provide the workforce required by our public services.
This paper explores the lessons learnt from setting up a new collaborative partnership and the processes that need to be in place for success.
The paper discusses the potential of widening access into HE, the positive impact on recruitment to professional courses and the long-term effect on the public service workforce.
The government is committed to the expansion of apprenticeship learning in health and social care. This paper shares the authors’ experience of working with a range of employers and education providers, the challenges and successes and recommendations for development.
Hanney, N. and Karagic, H. (2019), "Responding to the NHS and social care workforce crisis: The enhancement of opportunities through collaborative partnerships", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 175-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-10-2018-0107Download as .RIS
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