NHS Cancer Screening Programmes National Office
The national office is responsible for the NHS breast and cervical screening programmes, the new NHS bowel cancer screening programme and the prostate risk management initiative. The role of the office is to:
- Achieve the Cancer Reform Strategy objective to improve and expand cancer screening.
- Minimise harm caused by cancer screening.
- Ensure screening is available to all eligible people.
- Contribute to the development, implementation and improvement of NHS cancer screening programmes.
- Ensure standards are maintained and that there is a continuous drive for excellence.
- Carry out work at a national level to enable cost-effective local implementation.
Electronic Staff Record (ESR)
ESR is the national, integrated human resources and payroll system used by NHS organisations throughout England and Wales. ESR is central to the NHS workforce strategy and provides a complete workforce solution for the NHS. ESR supports evidence-based workforce planning at local, regional and national levels and empowers managers and employees to undertake staff development – leading to safer, more effective patient care whilst securing greater value for taxpayers’ money. The ongoing aim of the NHS central ESR project team is to maximise benefits through the uptake of all ESR functionality, including e- learning, talent management and self-service.
Altogether Better Programme
The aim of the Altogether Better Programme is to build our region’s capacity to empower communities to improve their health and well-being and reduce health inequalities through Community Health Champions. This locally-tailored approach involves engaging and providing training, development and support to individuals and employees to enable them to carry out voluntary activities in community and business settings.
There are currently 16 BIG Lottery funded flagship projects focused on communities and businesses and a learning network delivered by the Yorkshire and the Humber Public Health Observatory. Since January 2008, the programme has connected with nearly 1,000 individuals, employers and employees – it is estimated that these will reach a potential 28,000 individuals employees and communities.
As well as impacting directly on the health and well-being of our most disadvantaged communities, the programme is also working to integrate the approach into wider strategies for reducing health inequalities – looking at the contribution Community Health Champions make to the public health workforce, linking to health trainers and achieving priority outcomes such as healthy eating, physical activity and mental health.
In 2008/9 the programme began working with a number of strategic partners to ‘industrialise’ Community Health Champions. The team has also begun working with the Department of Health and the Communities for Health Programme, playing a key role in a national learning partnership around this community empowerment approach.
Yorkshire and the Humber Commercial Procurement Collaborative
The Commercial Procurement Collaborative (CPC) serves to deliver cash releasing savings for NHS organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber as well as being the centre for professional procurement knowledge within the region. It offers collective purchasing savings and also provides a range of commercial services including marketing communications, training and recruitment. In addition the CPC helps to deliver objectives and better patient care by providing value for money, sharing knowledge, delivering greater efficiency, and driving innovation, supporting PCTs to achieve excellence in commissioning and NHS providers to tender effectively for local and regional contracts.