What is Working Voices?
Working Voices uses a Community Asset Based
approach in the workplace.
The project is funded for one year and will end on 31st
The project is part of a wider ‘Field Force’ programme
funded by NHS England.
Working Voices is one of 3 successful pilots in the North
The overarching aim is to engage the working age
population in the design, development and delivery
of NHS services. Increasing our collective voice in
participation at both a local and national level.
We will deliver the pilot projects at local and
national level by working with employers to extend
Working Voices into a range of workplace settings.
The North covers 68 CCGs and we will be using
our national assets to support a wider reach.
Who are we working with?
We are currently delivering the pilot directly with
three local CCGs:
• Leeds North
Each local CCG will select 5 local employers to
work with and develop workplace assets.
How we’ve worked with local CCGs
Setting up a multi-agency steering group to
oversee the delivery of the pilot.
Mapping the local demographics, identifying
opportunities and synergies.
Developing a local action plan to identify 5 local
Training work place ambassadors.
Using the learning to develop good practice
• Each CCG will have 5 local employers it can use as an
asset based approach to engaging the workforce
• Relationships between partners – including private
sector employers - will be strengthened
• The available target audience for engagement will
• There will be a partnership approach to addressing
wider health initiatives with employees
• There will be opportunities to gather wider insight and
include consumer champions like Healthwatch.
Creating national assets
Our three regional launch events in Leeds, Manchester and
Newcastle gave us a chance to gather ideas from local
CCGs. They told us:
• who they thought would be good national employers.
• where they had been successful in their own area on
Using this learning, we also identified people who could help
us and asked them to form an advisory group to choose our
5 national employers using a scoring system.
• A resource for all CCGs
• A platform for national conversations on broader
• Engagement opportunities for both health and
social care services
• Greater public participation.
• Platform to test out and develop national
• a real insight into the views of the workforce.
• everyone has a stake in their NHS and increases
• helps individual CCGs to develop a deeper relationship with
their local communities
• creates a channel which allows employees to have their say
on the services needed now and in the future.
• helps the public understand how services operate and
the challenges we face.
• gives people a development opportunity to become
• allows employers to create a happier, healthier and more
empowered work force
• To share the learning from the local and national pilots at a
number of launch events planned for the winter.
• A website which contains a number of ‘How to Guides’
• A buddy scheme set up for interested organisations to help
get them started.
• Access to a range of national and local employers.
• Trained ambassadors in the workforce championing
• Case studies and examples of how to work with various