Getting your workforce planning right is crucial!

Workforce Planning

Skills for Health’s exceptional workforce planning service ensures your organisation has the right skills, and is the right size, to deliver high quality patient care at a cost you can afford.

Using Skills for Health’s proven Six Steps Methodology our team of expert healthcare consultants can work with you to:

  • Provide practical advice and guidance on workforce change and improvements
  • Develop comprehensive workforce plans for every level of your organisation
  • Ensure draft plans are fit for purpose and meet best practice standards
  • Support the implementation of workforce redesign
  • Mentor staff to maximise benefits of change

"Skills for Health's Six-Step Methodology builds into the process of workforce planning essential elements to ensure the quality of services are both discussed and planned for."
David Withers, Head of Education, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Integrated Workforce Planning Course

    Integrated workforce planning is an important approach to ensuring you have a workforce of the right size and skills to meet your organisation’s short and long-term objectives.

    With growing financial constraints and an uncertain workforce supply, workforce planners in the health sector are under growing pressure to ensure their approach is evidence-based, sustainable and robust enough to address both current and future workforce demands.

    If you are involved in workforce planning at any level, then this course will provide you with a complete understanding of the workforce planning process and the tools and techniques to support strategic decision-making concerning the acquisition, development and deployment of your workforce.

    Click here to find out more about the course.

  • Integrated suite of tools, training and solutions

    Alongside a tried and tested methodology you’ll also have access to our bespoke tools, training and information resources to increase capability, capacity and knowledge within your organisation:

    Realtime Rostering and Doctors Rostering System (DRS): Skills for Health’s award-winning*, cost-effective online solution for managing your doctors’ rotas; ensuring smooth New Deal and European Working Time Directive compliance.

    “The tool has helped us reduce locum and administration costs and as a result it has been adopted as one of our Trust’s Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) projects.” Andrea Padgeon, Medical Staff Officer, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Research and Labour Market Intelligence Services: Skills for Health is the industry expert for research on skills and workforce issues, scenario planning, and intelligence on current and future service demand in your area. Find out more here.

    Workforce Planning courses and workshops: A range of programmes for all levels, to increase capacity and capability so you can undertake robust workforce planning. Bespoke programmes also available on request. Find out more.

    Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclasses: For executives and leaders, giving an overview of effective workforce planning methodologies and tools. Find out more.

    "The benefits we are now starting to see are largely due to the productive relationship with Skills for Health, drawing on the influence, advice, guidance, experience and expertise of the Skills for Health Workforce Planning team." David Withers, Head of Education, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Benefits of accessing training that will help you develop your healthcare workforce

    • Unlock quality and productivity gains
    • Improve the quality of your workforce planning
    • Ensure your planners are experts in their fields
    • Enhance continuous professional development for your workforce and service planners
    • Increase engagement in workforce planning across your organisation
    • 90% of attendees felt our workshops fully met their objectives

Contact our Regional or Country Director for your area to find out more, discuss your requirements and see how we can help you.

Or you can learn more about our Workforce and Planning Management Service and training in our FREE catalogue.

To download an electronic version click here

To order your free printed copy click here

*BMJ Careers 2010 award for supporting medical staff

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