We are a team of staff from Northumbria University
based at the Northern Design Centre, Gateshead.
We work collaboratively with partners to understand
and effectively meet their workforce development needs.
What is workforce development?
"…a multi-faceted approach which addresses the range of factors impacting on the ability of the workforce to function with maximum effectiveness in responding to…..problems. Workforce development should have a systems focus. Unlike traditional approaches, this is broad and comprehensive, targeting individual, organisational and structural factors, rather than just addressing education and training of individual mainstream workers."
Australia’s National Research Centre on Alcohol and other drugs Workforce Development (2002)
What are the drivers?
What theory underpins our work?
We use a work force development approach that has been developed through Doctoral study at Northumbria University (McNall 2012) and successfully applied in different contexts.
McNall, A (2012) An emancipatory practice development study: using critical discourse analysis to develop the theory and practice of sexual health workforce development. Thesis submitted for the award of Professional Doctorate in Nursing. Northumbria University
What theory informs our work?