HEFMA, in partnership with IHEEM, has today launched a new Workforce Strategy for healthcare engineering and estates and facilities professions. ‘Future Leaders – Healthcare Estates & Facilities Management Joint Workforce Strategy’ sets out a number of key long-term objectives to support all members in their career development across the many and varied roles within the sector. In addition, the document identifies and outlines its response to six key focus areas: Visibility, Development, Diversity and Process, Retention & Remuneration.
Jonathan Stewart, HEFMA National Chair says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to draw on the combined skills, knowledge and passion of all of us in the HEFMA and IHEEM families, and also our other valued partners and supply chain colleagues. Together we can drive this workforce development initiative for the future of healthcare facilities management.”
Pete Sellars, CEO of IHEEM says: “As set out in IHEEM’s five-year Business Plan, this strategy aligns with our long-term commitment to support our members, at whatever stage they are in their career, to progress and develop, to enhance their skill set and achieve their personal and professional goals. Therefore, I am delighted that IHEEM and HEFMA are actively investing resources into this much-needed programme which will not only raise the profile of the healthcare engineering and EFM workforce but will attract the next generation of professionals into our sector.”
On May 12, 2021 there will be a joint online webinar focusing on the wider workforce agenda. This digital event will focus on a number of topics, including the new joint strategy, mental health and wellbeing, and the forthcoming IHEEM apprentice programme. Speakers so far include Bethan Stanyon from the Prince’s Trust, Richard Williams OBE, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health Strategy at the University of South Wales as well as Lord Young of Norwood, Apprentice Ambassador at the House of Lords and Honorary Patron of IHEEM. Details of how to register for this event will be released shortly.
The strategy document is now available from the Knowledge Base section of this website for logged-in members. A more detailed feature appears in the March/April issue of HEFMA Pulse magazine.