New conference puts future of health sector under the spotlight

The Action for Health conference is being organised by Gateshead College and will create a platform for organisations working in the health and social care sector to share valuable advice, knowledge and guidance including how to access relevant funds and grants.

The college has also incorporated a jobs fair into the day-long event which will enable employers to tap into a skilled and work-ready pool of talent including current and past Gateshead College students, while Jobcentre Plus will be referring appropriate candidates.

Taking place on Tuesday July 2 at Gateshead International Stadium, the Action for Health event will include a number of talks on how health and social care organisations can develop their workforce.

Gateshead College has called on its partners in the health and social care sector to host the event. Organisations with representatives speaking at the conference include the Tyne and Wear Care Alliance, National Apprenticeship Service, Skills for Care and Jobcentre Plus.

Tom Aust, business growth manager at Gateshead College, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting Action for Health, the first event of its kind in the North east.

“The conference and jobs fair will give organisations in the health and social care sector the opportunity to hear from leading bodies about the changing shape of the industry, including planning for a sustainable future and workforce development.

“Following on from the topical discussion at the conference, a jobs’ fair will provide an ideal opportunity for employers to meet a talent pool of trained candidates who can bring with them the latest skills and add value to their business.”

Topics covered at the conference will include ‘current changes in the health sector and an insight into care ambassadors’, ‘workforce development and training’ and ‘how to access the workforce development fund’.

Among the companies already signed up to attend are Barnados, home care service provider Carewatch and Dementia Care.

Companies wishing to attend the conference, jobs fair or both should visit www.gateshead.ac.uk/actionforhealth by Tuesday June 18. Queries can be directed to Joanne Smith on 0191 490 2290 or joanne.smith@gateshead.ac.uk