Related posts:No related photos. Plans to overcome NHS skills shortages through the use of a skills escalatorwere outlined at the AHHRM’s national conference. Andrew Foster, the NHS’ director of HR, told delegates this meant givingemployees access to the necessary training so they can progress to the nextlevel. He said the skills escalator could be a powerful tool for the NHS and helpthe long-term unemployed find health jobs. Foster explained, “The skills escalator can help us fill skillsshortages and it also lets staff build a career path and increase theirexpectations. “I think it is one of the most powerful tools available to us and ithas been used successfully in Denmark and London. It also gets people out oflong-term unemployment and that is part of our responsibility as a publicemployer.” In his speech to the AHHRM conference, Foster said that HR was working toalleviate the employee shortages in the NHS, but it would have to beincreasingly competitive to succeed. “We want to expand recruitment aims but we are in a competitive marketwhere the police, education and others all have similar aims,” he added. He also promised a new study to highlight the value of HR and the effect ithas on improving the service. “In clinical terms better working practices will make people workbetter so hopefully we can provide some firm evidence,” he said. Fosteralso promised a new study to link HR to the effect it has on improving theservice. Employees to get training to build careerOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.