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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Workforce Development Integrated Adult Social Care Team

The team

The Workforce Development Commissioning (Integrated Adult Social Care) team supports providers to attract, train and retain people with the right values in adult social care.

The team has 3 sections:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Training and education
  • The Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme, funded by the European Social Fund

Please contact us by emailing Proud to Care proudtocare@devon.gov.uk

Sally-Ann Turner

HR Strategy Manager

I lead the team and can advise providers on all aspects of workforce development.

I work closely with colleagues across the Integrated Care System for Devon (ICSD).

Please feel free to email me sally-ann.turner@devon.gov.uk or phone me on 01392 383166 to discuss your workforce challenges, potential solutions and to get involved in any projects.


Nic Dunn

Senior Workforce Development Advisor- Recruitment and Retention

My role is to support all care and health organisations across Devon with recruitment and retention.
By working in partnership with care and health providers, we aim to attract the right people to the sector and retain them in the wider care and health workforce. If you’d like to get involved, please contact me nicola.dunn@devon.gov.uk.


Jackie Baxter

Senior Workforce Development Advisor- Recruitment and Retention

My role is to support all care and health organisations across Devon with recruitment and retention. By working in partnership with care and health providers, we aim to attract the right people to the sector and retain them in the wider care and health workforce. If you would like to find out more, please contact me on jackie.baxter@devon.gov.uk


Tracy Grant

Workforce Development Advisor- Recruitment and Retention

My role within Proud to Care Devon is to support health and social care Providers in North and Mid Devon with their recruitment and retention needs. This includes support in uploading your vacancies to our free Jobs Board, matching direct applicants who come through to us to suitable roles and promoting the health and social care sector in schools and colleges to encourage the future pipeline of employees.

I attend recruitment events across my area to promote roles and recruit staff to all areas of health and social care and use a variety of social media platforms to promote the sector as a whole and use community pages to promote Providers vacancies in their areas.

If you would like to know more please do get in touch tracy.grant@devon.gov.uk.


Kat Oliver

Workforce Development Advisor- Recruitment and Retention

My role is to support all adult health and care providers across Devon, with recruitment and retention; attracting and retaining the right people into the sector.

I am involved in recruitment campaigns as well as other various Workforce Development projects and initiatives.

If you’d like to get involved or find out more, please contact me Kathryn.Oliver@devon.gov.uk


Nick Coe

Workforce Development Advisor- Recruitment and Retention

My role within the Proud to Care team is to support adult health and social care providers in the Exeter and East Devon area with the recruitment and retention of staff. I aim to help providers attract people who have the right values for their organisations.

I can support providers to upload their vacancies onto our jobs board, and then actively search for appropriate applicants by utilising social media as well as attending recruitments events to find the right candidates. I am also involved in promoting the care sector within schools and colleges with the aim of attracting more people into the sector.

If you would like to find out more please feel free to email me at Nick.Coe@devon.gov.uk


Bianca Tolley

Workforce Development Coordinator – Proud to Care

In my role, I support Proud to Care Devon with all aspects of recruitment within the health and care sector across the county, including recruitment campaigns and the approving of job vacancies from care providers and trusts on our free-to-use jobs board. If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch bianca.tolley@devon.gov.uk.


Gemma Smith

Workforce Development Coordinator – Proud to Care

My role supports several areas of Proud to Care’s workforce development activities across Devon, within both the Recruitment and Retention Team, and Training and Education Team. I approve jobs on our free-to-use Jobs Board, coordinate attendees and Ambassadors for recruitment events, and collate monthly data to analyse and inform future recruitment and training campaigns and initiatives. If you would like to find out more, please do get in touch gemma.smith@devon.gov.uk.


Nicola Wright

Senior Workforce Development Advisor- Training and Education

My role is to work in co-production with providers from Devon’s external social care services, to identify and develop high quality training & education programmes that are designed to support the learning and development needs of the workforce at all levels. I provide guidance and support on training and education matters to providers, managers and staff working within Devon’s private, independent and voluntary adult social services. If you would like more information and if I can help in any way, please email me on nicola.wright@devon.gov.uk


Ruth Haynes

Workforce Development Advisor- Training and Education

My role is to work collaboratively and in partnership with internal and external providers in social care services to provide training and education opportunities. To also promote Workforce Development projects, initiatives and plans through Proud to Care.

If you would like to know more please do get in touch ruth.a.haynes@devon.gov.uk.


Jennifer Lunnon

Adult Social Care Nursing Lead

I am a Registered Nurse with nearly a decade of experience working in a variety of settings and feel passionate about providing good quality nursing care across the Health and Social Care sector.

I work with the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to ensure registered healthcare practitioners are competent in their Practice Supervisor/Assessor role by providing ongoing support within their placement settings and support Trainee Nursing Associates throughout their studies. Part of my role is to work with managers, supervisors and assessors to help them to develop their infrastructure to guide the Nursing Associate role into Adult Social Care. My role is also to guide social care providers as to how the role can fit within their organisations and monitor and increase access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for Registered Nurses and Nursing Associates.

If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch jennifer.lunnon@devon.gov.uk


Chrissy Stower

Programme manager- Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

I am overseeing the development and delivery of the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP). This exciting 3-year programme, part-funded by the European Social Fund, aims to attract people across Devon into careers in the sector, through the provision of education skills and training programmes.

I am keen to work with as many representatives from health and care as possible to ensure that HSSAP delivers what the sector needs. If you would like to know more, please email me chrissy.stower@devon.gov.uk.


Ellen Childs

Pathway Manager – Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

Working alongside the Programme Manager on the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP), I am responsible for managing the delivery of the pathways and outreach programme and the work of the Pathways Officers.

This exciting 3-year programme, part-funded by the European Social Fund, aims to attract people across Devon into careers in the sector, through the provision of education skills and training programmes.

As a team, our focus is to extend the reach of the HSSAP programme to a wide a group of new entrants to the health and social care sector, and to work with health and social care providers to ensure the HSSAP programme meets the needs of their organisation and their team now and in the future.

If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch Ellen.Childs@devon.gov.uk


Jordan Rabie

Pathways Officer- Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

In my role, I am involved in supporting the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP), part-funded by the European Social Fund. This project aims to attract people across Devon to entry-level skills and training in Adults Health and Social care and in turn opening new career pathways into the sector.

We are always looking for new opportunities to work in partnership with growing organisations that can utilise our fully funded training offers across Devon.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch jordan.r.rabie@devon.gov.uk.


Laura Parsons

Pathways Officer- Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

I am the Pathways Officer for the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP), covering the West and South of Devon. This programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund, with the aim to attract and support people into training and careers in Adults Health and Social Care across Devon.

If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch Laura.H.Parsons@devon.gov.uk.


Chris Davy

Pathways Officer- Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

My role as Pathways Officer for the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP) is to support the training and development of people and organisations. We are always looking to work with others across Devon to help them access this fully funded training. If you would like to discuss the opportunities that HSSAP has to offer, please get in touch christopher.davy@devon.gov.uk.

For more information about the programme please visit our page and sign up to the HSSAP e-bulletin, that regularly shares information about the courses on offer.


Karen Bower

Pathways Officer- Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

My role as a Pathways Officer for the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP) is to support the training and development of people and organisations. We are always looking to work with others across Devon to help them access this fully funded training. If you would like to discuss the opportunities that HSSAP has to offer, please get in touch karen.Bower@devon.gov.uk

For more information about the programme please visit our page and sign up to the HSSAP e-bulletin, that regularly shares information about the courses on offer.



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