The BOB Excellence Centre was launched this month to improve the quality of and access to, vocational training for support staff working in health and social care across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The Centre is a network of care providers who work together to run the virtual Centre, sharing resources and tackling system-wide issues facing this important workforce.

It is one of eight Excellence Centres in England, established by the National Skills Academy for Health.

The Centre is hosted by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

BOB STP is now inviting the region’s health and social care providers to join as members.

Membership is open to employers, providers and training organisations interested in developing the support workforce (bands 1-4 or un-registered staff).

It is free for the first year, thanks to funding received from Health Education England – Thames Valley. After this the Excellence Centre is expected to be self-sustaining through small contributions from members depending on the size and type of organisation. This will be agreed by the steering group and wider membership.

Members will have access to the digital Skills Platform, which is designed to share existing training amongst the wider support workforce, and receive regular updates, information on activities and personal invitations to events.

Joining organisations will receive a certificate of membership to recognise their involvement in the BOB Excellence Centre network.