Jane Hadfield

Jane Hadfield


Jane’s current role is with NHS England, as National Lead for NHS Apprenticeships and  Talent for Care, including - Widening Access and Participation, Volunteer to Career, Project Choice, The Care Certificate, pre employment programmes and Senior Programme Manager for The development and Implementation of Apprenticeships.

Jane has worked for the most of her career in the NHS in Bristol, and now holds a national role in the NHS, managing the introduction of the apprenticeship reforms, using her experience, garnered during her career, in leading, facilitating and overseeing implementation of new apprenticeship education pathways. The programme Jane leads is designed to move from development, and implementation, to a quality focussed, sustainable apprenticeship strategy for the NHS, now enshrined in apprenticeships being embedded in the Long Term Workforce Plan for the NHS.

Jane’s career includes many high points, particularly as a national Ambassador for Apprenticeships, in leading and supporting people fulfil their potential; in seeing the careers of many apprentices develop and flourish over the years; in raising the profile of widening participation and establishing new career pathways into health and care roles.

Jane was honoured with a national award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships’ in 2020, and her team gained the Team Award in 2021.

Jane was also awarded recognition as Highly Commended for partnership working with Health Education England and Skills for Health in the Health Service Journal Awards, 2020.

In 2023, Jane was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration (DBS), by The University of the West of England, in recognition of her contribution to widening access to education, and advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in leadership.


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