Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB)

What is the Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB)?

The Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB) is a board which meets bi-monthly with membership that spans health and care providers, place based care representatives, Local Authorities, Public Health, the voluntary sector, commissioners and education, innovation and development bodies.  The Board’s focus is workforce and education of our current and future healthcare workforce.

Why does the LWAB exist?

LWABs are a core part of Health Education England (HEE) to:

  • Support systems across a broad range of workforce activity
  • Enable the local delivery of the HEE mandate from the Department of Health and other key workforce priorities in line with national policies

What does the LWAB do?

The LWAB does several things:

  1. Ensures collective and system-wide discussion and decisions on workforce and education, where possible for health and care
  2. Ensures connectivity across the system on workforce schemes, developments and strategies to make best use of resource and energy
  3. Manages an allocation of HEE investment for local workforce schemes which are designed to support the core aims of the LWAB

During 2018/19, the current focus of the LWAB is shown below:

Meeting

Programmes

Key workforce areas

May 2018

Primary Care

Workforce modelling

July 2018

Transforming Care Partnerships

Careers and Centre of Excellence

September 2018

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Nursing

Pharmacy

Carers & volunteers

November 2018

Urgent Care

Careers and Centre of Excellence review

January 2019

Workforce Strategy

Medical schools

March 2019

Women’s and Children’s Partnership

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What is funding is currently available?

In 2018/19 the C&M LWAB was allocated £500,000 for local workforce initiatives that support the delivery of the Health and Care Partnership’s Workforce Programme and HEE’s mandate requirements. This is in addition to the wider system investment from HEE, and slippage from 2018/19.

The process for funding schemes is managed by the HEE C&M team, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How does the LWAB fit into Cheshire and Merseyside?

The LWAB is the delivery arm of the Health and Care Partnership for Cheshire and Merseyside’s Workforce Programme. The Workforce Programme is governed by the Strategic Workforce Programme Board, and is one of the four enablers for the Partnership. Figure 2 shows the Partnership’s programme structure.

How can you influence the LWAB?

If you work within Cheshire and Merseyside you can influence the work that the LWAB does.

  • Do you have workforce initiatives you’d like to discuss?
  • Do you have ideas that require pump-priming?
  • Do you know who represents your sector or area on the LWAB, for health and care?

Contact us to tell us what matters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or speak to one of the team directly.

The HEE Cheshire and Merseyside Team

  • Liz Thomas, Workforce and Education Transformation Lead, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07770 656 651 
  • Emma Hood, Workforce Planning Lead, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07733 225 479
  • Jo Hancock, Education Transformation Programme Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07870 850910
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Working in partnership with the Health and Care Partnership for Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Karen Howell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CEO Wirral Community Trust and Workforce SRO
  • Christine Samosa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Strategic Workforce Lead

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