Health academy launched for better NHS workforce

A health academy has been launched to help the NHS get the best workforce in the West Midlands and enable health workers to get jobs in the sector.

The academy, a partnership between universities and the NHS Trusts in the region, will aim to provide the best advice and guidance on employment within the NHS as well as movement into and between each educational institution for thousands of people.

The Midlands’ Health Academy (MHA) was initially developed through a partnership between Aston University, Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust, Birmingham City University and Matthew Boulton College. It now involves a wide range of employers, Midland universities and organisations including the Learning and Skills Council, Staffordshire University and Keele University.

The Academy will target local schools, colleges and universities to inspire young people to become part of the NHS workforce and will also encourage returners to work from this country and refugees who already have health care experience from their own countries and require additional training. Existing NHS workers will also benefit from the academy by having the opportunity to advance their careers through additional training and guidance.

For more details see Aston University

South Asian population has reduced cancer screening

People from the South Asian community are less likely to take up screening for bowel or breast cancer, research at Warwick University has revealed.

South Asian people are only half as likely to take up an invitation for bowel cancer screening and 15 per cent less likely to attend breast cancer screening, the study showed.

As a result of the research the director of the NHS cancer screening programme has vowed to do more to encourage greater uptake among the South Asian community.

For more see University of Warwick.