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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Workforce Development Commissioning (Care and Health) Team

The team

The Workforce Development Commissioning (Care and health) 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 or find out more, please contact me nicola.dunn@devon.gov.uk.


Tracy Grant

Senior Workforce Development Co-Ordinator- Recruitment and Retention

My role within Proud to Care Devon includes supporting providers to upload their vacancies in care and health throughout Devon, free of charge, on our Jobs Board.  I manage all our social media accounts and plan posts and messaging across all platforms.

I also co-ordinate our Proud to Care Ambassadors who attend events at schools, colleges, universities and recruitment fairs to champion the care and health sector as a great place to work, demonstrate to variety of roles available and promote the many different pathways in and career progression opportunities available.

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


Bianca Tolley

Workforce Development Co-Ordinator- Recruitment and Retention

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.


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


Maureen Holman

Placement Development Facilitator

My role involves working closely with Devon’s Adult Social Care providers to plan, co-ordinate and support the development of placement learning for Trainee Nursing Associates (TNA). As part of my job, I ensure that TNA placements are planned and co-ordinated for the duration of the academic programme and have helped to develop and implement innovative practice education opportunities that support the expansion and sustainability of placements for all TNA’s within a community of learning and practice.

If you would like to find out more please contact Maureen.Holman@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.


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 partnerships with Health and Social Care representatives across Devon.

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


Natasha Breen

Pathways Officer- Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

I am the Pathway Officer for the West & South of Devon for the Health & Social Care Accelerator Programme (HSSAP).
The Pathways Officers work across Devon, Torbay and Plymouth to support pathways into entry-level careers and training in Adult Health and Social care, part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) Growth Programme in England.

I have also had the opportunity to work in partnership with care providers across East Devon supporting them with the management of Devon County Council care plans for existing and new DCC residents.

If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch natasha.a.breen@devon.gov.uk.



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