WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Workforce development

Workforce Development Annual Calendar 2017-18

The workforce development calendar contains full details of all forthcoming development events including Practice Development Groups, WY-FI team meetings and regional Fulfilling Lives events. It will be updated regularly as more events are arranged. Download the workforce development calendar.

Multi-Agency Practice Development Groups

The WY-FI Project is establishing five Multi-Agency Practice Development Groups (PDGs) across West Yorkshire for front-facing staff who work with people who experience homelessness, addiction, re-offending and/or mental ill health (multiple needs).

Who should attend?
Any member of front-facing staff from organisations who support, or at least have contact with, people with multiple needs

Who facilitates the group?
The groups are facilitated by WY-FI’s Workforce Development and Learning Co-ordinator

Aims of the group
With a focus on people with multiple needs, the aims of the group are to develop practice by:

  • Improving confidence and skills in working with challenging individuals
  • To understand each other’s work
  • To share good practice
  • To support each other to overcome specific difficulties
  • To identify any gaps or barriers in services, and
  • To improve the service user experience of services

Format of the group
The main part of the meeting is an Action Learning Set following this model. There will be time at the end for reflection and suggestions for future work. For example, themed discussions on a particular topic (manipulation, attachment, complex trauma) or topics for presentations/workshops.

The format of a PDG does not necessarily have to mirror this format. It is important that the PDG meets the needs of the attendees and will be developed collaboratively with the above aims in mind. It is useful to consider existing practice development work in your area and ensure that this group enhances this and avoids duplication.

It is good practice for organisations to provide an opportunity for those attending the PDG to share their learning and experiences with colleagues in their teams and the wider organisation.

What topics are discussed?
Hot topics so far this year have been:

  • Engagement
  • Attachment and dependency
  • Vicarious trauma
  • The role of Peer Mentors
  • Boundaries
  • Critical health conditions
  • No recourse to public funds
  • Abusive relationships

We’re learning that:

  • PDGs are really useful for problem-solving, peer support and sharing best practice
  • Successful PDGs require senior managers to actively promote them
  • The role of Navigators is considered critical by the wider workforce

“Nice to know we’re in the same boat!”

“Good to learn about each other’s roles”

“Really useful”

“I feel re-energised” Feedback from PDG Participants

How do I book a place?
Multi-Agency PDGs take place monthly in each Locality: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

If you’re interested in attending please contact Roger Abbott, WY-FI Workforce Development and Learning Co-ordinator

Email: roger.abbott@disc-vol.org.uk
Telephone: 0113 887 0045
Mobile: 07885 806 114


The WY-FI Project offers a range of courses designed to improve the skills and knowledge of professionals working with people experiencing multiple needs.

See the Workforce Development calendar above for details.

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