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Welcome to the Demand & Capacity Trainer Programme where we are aiming to train 300-400 trainers in demand and capacity planning over the next three years, starting in July 2017.

How it will work: We are planning to roll out the programme in 10 cohorts (staggered over 3 years) with 40 people allocated to each cohort. Within the cohort, there are 4 modules of different subject areas which require pre-module learning, classroom based learning, webinars and an Action Learning Set. There will also be optional online sessions after each module to support learners. Each course is conducted over a 6 month period.

We are inviting colleagues in the NHS to apply for cohort 2 in the North West.
We are inviting the following organisations to apply:

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cheshire And Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
East Cheshire NHS Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
Liverpool Heart And Chest NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Manchester Mental Health And Social Care Trust

Mersey Care NHS Trust
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Southport And Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
St Helens And Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital Of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Warrington And Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Wirral Community NHS Trust
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Wrightington, Wigan And Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Please note that you can apply even if your organisation is not on this list but we will prioritise organisations we have invited to apply.

The deadline for application is COP Sunday, 7th January 2018.

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Application for Courses

To book a place on this course you must first complete the application form (see ‘apply for this course’ button above) once submitted, you will be informed if your application has been successful and that you have been allocated a place on this course. Due to demand, it may be that you will be offered alternative dates of subsequent courses, again, you will be notified of this.

Before you commence your on-line application, please have a look at the pdf version of the questionnaire so that you can familiarise yourself with the style of questions it asks. Also, it gives you a good chance to practice the written statement you will need to provide.

When you apply for this course, you will be requested to provide some basic personal details which are required to register you with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and for contact purposes by both ELS and the NHS to inform you of your selection for the course. By completing this area with your details, you are consenting to ELS using these details to register you with the ILM (for certification requirement), for contact purposes and that your personal information will not be used for any other purpose. Personal data collected will be managed in accordance with ELS 030. Data Protection Policy (of which can be provided on request).

Reasons for Applying

If you are the kind of person who enjoys learning new things and is interested in becoming an expert in Demand and Capacity planning in your local area, then this programme is a great opportunity for you. We are looking for applicants who:

  • Work in an NHS provider organisation
  • Are either directly involved in Demand and Capacity planning at service level, or in a supportive role.

With regard to personal qualities, we are looking for applicants who:
  • Are curious by nature
  • Are problem solvers, able to see the bigger picture
  • Like to understand how systems and processes work
  • Are detail –oriented
  • Are enthusiastic communicators, keen to engage with others

Upon graduation you shall obtain an official certification from the Institute of Leadership and Management as the Demand & Capacity Trainer Programme is a certified course, designed and delivered by an ILM Approved and Accredited Centre.

Please download a copy of the Student Prospectus by clicking on the link below.

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Course Programme

Module 1 – Change: Effectively leading Demand and Capacity Initiatives

Pre course Learning: (Individual and self-directed)
Classroom Based Learning: (Compulsory attendance)
Webinar: (Individual and self-directed)
Optional online session with trainer

Module 2 – Demand and Capacity Planning: Theory and Modelling

Pre course Learning: (Individual and self-directed)
Classroom Based Learning: (Compulsory attendance)
Webinar: (Individual and self-directed)
Optional online session with trainer

Module 3- Training: Engaging and Empowering Demand and Capacity Stakeholders

Pre course Learning: (Individual and self-directed)
Classroom Based Learning: (Compulsory attendance)
Webinar: (Individual and self-directed)
Optional online session with trainer

Module 4 – Coaching: Developing and Supporting Demand and Capacity Stakeholders

Pre course Learning: (Individual and self-directed)
Classroom Based Learning: (Compulsory attendance)
Webinar: (Individual and self-directed)
Optional online session with trainer

Action Learning Sets

Note: Compulsory attendance of 1 date – individual selection, the cohort will be split into 5 x groups of 8.
To support your learning, you will also have access to a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find learning material, activities, resources and content to support you throughout the cohort, and after.

Live Training Session

The ultimate goal of this course is to provide the skills and training necessary for students to deliver training to others locally. In order to demonstrate this you will be required to deliver a live training event before you are able to graduate. The training event will need to be delivered to a minimum of 15 colleagues between the training module and the action learning set at the end of the course.

Face to face Virtual
Module 1
Pre module learning 5 February – 2 March
Classroom dates 6 & 7 March
Webinar dates 12 or 15 March
Module 2
Pre module learning 19 March – 6 April
Classroom dates 9-10 April or 11-12 April
Webinar dates 17 or 18 April
Module 3
Pre module learning 23 April – 11 May
Classroom dates 15 – 16 May
Webinar dates 21 or 24 May
Module 4
Pre module learning 28 May – 15 June
Classroom dates 19-20 June
Webinar dates 25 or 28 June
Action learning set
Exact date to be agreed once training has commenced One full day between 16 July and 20 July
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