About VAST

The VAST programe was undertaken by the North West Paediatric Critical Care, Surgery in Children & Long Term Ventilation Operational Delivery Network (ODN).The VAST Programme is the ODN’s response to the aims of the Respiratory Surge in Children Programme. The ODN recognised that it is crucial to understand the effects of the pandemic, including how these affected personnel and services, to meet the current and future demand for children’s services. This included any changes to service delivery and their effects on staff resilience and well-being.

What is the VAST Programme?
VAST stands for Valuing All Staff Together (VAST)


The key aim of the VAST programme was recognising the recent challenging times faced by the NHS, and the impact this has had on wellbeing in children’s areas, to further grow, train and develop the future workforce.


  • To undertake a training needs analysis across the ODN footprint’s paediatric workforce
  • To identify key themes of challenges and areas of best practice derived from the training needs analysis
  • To devise an educational or development package and disseminate across the ODN footprint’s paediatric workforce.
  • To develop a clear implementation plan to ensure continuity of this work, and optimise sharing and learning

The programme was open to all staff who were involved in children’s services, or were moved out of them, since March 2020. This was to include the Covid-19 pandemic and respiratory surge. VAST was an inclusive project and strived to embrace clinical and non-clinical staff across all roles. It acknowledged the fundamental changes to normal working experienced by staff across the workforce and aimed to reflect this.


The VAST program will use the following processes to collate the information:

  • Stakeholders engagement –All Staff Groups in Paediatric Services
  • Questionnaires
  • Focus groups / Interviews –discussion about recurring themes
  • Develop training resources & programmes

The VAST Programme will benefit stakeholder by:

  • Decreasing staff sickness
  • Improving staff retention
  • Make staff feel valued
  • Shape future learning

The final report from the VAST programme is expected early Spring 2023 and will available for view on this website.

VAST Introduction

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VAST Documents

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VAST Article
After COVID-19: preparing staff for future surges in respiratory illness in children and improving well-being
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Cheshire and Mersey Vast Presentation
Cheshire and Mersey Vast Report Presentation
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Lancashire and South Cumbria Vast Presentation
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Greater Manchester VAST Presentation
VAST Project Full Report
VAST report full (2023)
VAST All Region Presentation
VAST Project Report Presentation
VAST Executive Summary
VAST report Executive summary (2023)
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Valuing All Staff Together Programme – Introduction Slides
The key aim of the Valuing All Staff Together Programme (VAST) is to recognise the recent challenging times faced by the NHS during the Covid Pandemic, and the impact this has had on staff wellbeing in children’s areas. The output for the programme is to further grow, train and develop …