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BOB Excellence Centre launch

Published: 12 July, 2019

In healthcare alone, 60 per cent of patient contact is spent with health care assistants, yet this group of staff only benefits from five percent of the overall NHS training budget.

Partners from three counties health and social care providers recently celebrated the launch of the new Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP Excellence Centre, one of eight Excellence Centres in England, established by the National Skills Academy for Health.

The BOB Excellence Centre is a network of care providers who work together to improve the quality of and access to vocational training for the support workforce (bands 1-4 or un-registered staff) across the system, both NHS and non-NHS.  It is hosted jointly by Oxford Health Learning and Development and Oxford University Hospitals Practice Development and Education team.  The hosts will provide the infrastructure for the Excellence Centre but the activities will be run jointly with partners and delivered across the partnership. They are looking for members.

Membership is free for the first year, thanks to funding received from Health Education England – Thames Valley. After this the Excellence Centre is expected to be self-sustaining through small contributions from members depending on the size and type of organisation.

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Last updated: 11 July, 2019

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