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Fylde Coast Health and Social Care Career Academy

This case study forms part of the Care and Health Career Academy toolkit which provides guidance for those who want to establish their own career academy. It was commissioned by the North West Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (NWADASS) and the Local Government Association (LGA)

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The Fylde Coast Health and Social Care Career Academy is a result of the partnership between local care providers, Blackpool and The Fylde College, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Council.

It was developed as a response to the challenges that local providers have in relation to workforce development, and builds on plans, people, strategies and commissioning needs.

The partnership exists at a strategic level with the CEOs of each organisation working together, creating a vision and signing a memorandum of understanding of partnership working to make a positive difference across the Fylde coast, addressing the skills gap and current vacancies. 


Blackpool and The Fylde is a district within the county of Lancashire located between the settlements of Preston and Blackpool.

The vision and purpose

The vision of the academy is to facilitate the education, training and development needs of Fylde coast health and care providers. 

The academy is a cross-sector platform and focal point for activity, support for all those driving it, and a space for emergent ideas to grow and evolve.

The academy exists to support the vision for the Fylde coast health and social care sector which is, according to the Plan for Fylde - Plan for the Future, to: 'create new models of care, wrapped around the local population and spanning across health and social care, to improve jointly the health and wellbeing of the Fylde coast population.' 

Overarching aims

The academy's overarching aims are to:

  • support the development of good quality jobs leading to good quality care through the provision of high-quality education and training 
  • support the engagement of the public in improving health and wellbeing 
  • improve public perception of health and social care 
  • increase collaborative working opportunities 
  • develop specific work streams which can be adapted to other healthcare providers and organisations to benefit clients, carers and families, employees and the professional development needs 
  • develop outstanding resources to support future focussed education and training locally 
  • become a nationally/internationally recognised, renowned collaborative working model for care. 


  • Quality is at the core of everything we do and every decision we make.

  • We manage our business with integrity and the highest ethical standards.

  • We have a culture of service that values teamwork and focuses on the needs of others.

  • We have a culture of innovation that creates new solutions for our communities.

  • We operate with transparency by measuring our results and sharing them with others.

  • The partnership is formalised through a memorandum of agreement which is operationalised through the academy's steering group and its members.


What the academy does

What makes it work?

  • Partnership with the clinical commissioning group, local authority, the college, Job Centre Plus and providers.

  • Leadership and sign up from local authority, the college and NHS.

  • Funding for learners from the college, local authority and Job Centre Plus.

  • Understanding the community, knowing opinion-formers and connectors in the area.

  • Relationships and trust. 


  • Just over two-thirds of learners (75 out of 110) were successfully offered employment in the social care sector in the first year.
  • Around 350 people trained in level 1 and 2 qualifications in health and social care from the continuing professional development courses.
  • There has been a 33 per cent increase in resilience of our learners on the sector based work academies. 
  • We have distributed over 3,000 vacancy guides to promote employment opportunities.