Client: Brisbane South PHN

Project: Aged Care Workforce Development Solutions

Background: Beacon Strategies are partnering with Brisbane South PHN to deliver on an action out of the joint Brisbane South PHN and Metro South Health Brisbane South Older People Health and Wellness Strategy 2019-2024. As part of this joint strategy, a capable workforce has been identified as an enabler to achieving the vision and objectives within the joint strategy. One key action that was identified by the steering committee is to collaborate with stakeholders to co-design and enable the delivery of a workforce development strategy that focuses on:

  • upskilling Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) and in home care workforce

  • attracting and rewarding GPs

  • improving gerontic content in clinical training pathways

  • attracting skilled clinicians in geriatric medicine in both the hospital and community settings.

Purpose: The purpose of the project is to lead the collaborative development of a localised aged care workforce strategy that aligns with the Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy. As identified by the PHN, specific project objectives include:

  • Consolidate and understand existing datasets, policy reports, research and analysis required to inform a local workforce development strategy and action plan for aged care workforce development (cross-sectoral)

  • Review existing professional development options available for the aged care workforce and other sectors, identify any gaps or opportunities for improvement, and gain feedback from stakeholders about the value of existing professional development initiatives

  • Lead sector consultations and co-design activities including service providers and community members to better understand local issues and opportunities

  • Establish a cross-sectoral leadership group (an action identified in Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy) that seeks to develop effective clinical relationships to support service innovation, continuous quality improvement and benchmarking, and service integration across health, aged and social care systems within the medical neighbourhood

  • Develop a local strategy and high level 5 year action plan that:

    • addresses the different needs of diverse workforces working with older people

    • provides guidance for how services can work together to deliver on what the community needs and desires and to improve system integration

    • identifies a number of potential innovative models of care and evidence based solutions to address current and future workforce needs

    • outlines a strategic approach to effective planning and investment for the Brisbane South region (including place-based approaches where relevant)

    • provide practical recommendations for priority actions that focus on the after-hours period, older people, end of life/palliative care, primary care workforce and in-home care

    • outlines expected outcomes and measures of success

    • aligns with the PHN’s model for person-centred care and the Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy 2019-2024

  • Produce a report that will be used by Brisbane South PHN and other stakeholders to address workforce development needs and future opportunities over the next 5 years.

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