Six Step Methodology
Effective and robust workforce planning support that improves patient care
Our Six Step Methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning is a practical approach that ensures you have a workforce of the right size with the right skills and competences.
In this section:
Mapping your need to make the method work (for you)
The Skills for Health Six Step Methodology identifies those elements that should be in any workforce plan, taking into account the current and future demand for services, the local demographic situation, and the impact on other services, whilst helping you work to the budget you can afford.
A robust strategic process that delivers
Six Step Methodology is tried, tested and recognised as the healthcare sector’s approach to strategic workforce planning, and can be mapped to any healthcare workforce need both clinical and operational. Our experts work closely with leaders in the NHS and national bodies to robustly prove that Six Steps can help build the future workforce that the public needs, by:
Ensuring a systematic practical approach, supporting quality patient care
Assures that workforce planning decisions are sustainable and make real impact
Offering scalable solutions, applicable to any workforce, in any organisation
Being joined-up with national workforce programmes, other NHS Trusts and social care organisations
What can Six Step Methodology do for you?
Six Step Methodology, developed by our experts in healthcare workforce strategy helps employers: define a plan that will make a real impact, map the services needed to deliver exceptional patient care, realise the workforce needs to achieve better outcomes, understand workforce availability from local and regional data, plan a process to develop the future workforce, and implement and review the effectiveness of your new team. With the right support, Six Steps can transform healthcare ensuring the right people, are in the right roles, with the right skills, crucially at the right time.
National Competency Frameworks
As the leading authority on national competency frameworks, national occupational standards, and healthcare apprenticeships, we are aligned closely with the Department for Health and Social Care and Health Education England. We are pro-active partners and support the NHS and healthcare sector to deliver high-quality, sustainable workforce competencies for the future.
Research & Evaluation
Our industry-leading expertise in national and international workforce research includes robust techniques to fully evaluate both workforce and healthcare service challenges, from scenario planning and labour-market intelligence to skills audits and much more. We have the critical evaluation solutions to really get under the skin of your workforce needs.
The Care Certificate
The Care Certificate is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life. Designed with the non-regulated workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.
Primary Care Workforce Strategy
We support the development of a skilled, sustainable workforce at local levels, for improved primary care services that deliver public benefit. Addressing primary care workforce challenges is our priority, helping to better understand and support the improvement of patient care before health issues escalate to acute settings.
Workforce Planning Insights & Events
Our annual programme of updates, news, and insights, as well as regional and national workforce planning events, brings together industry leaders, share best practice, and focus on today’s real-world challenges in the health sector. Our high-calibre thought-leadership insights and events raise the profile of workforce planning methods and issues.
Book a free initial consultation
We have specialists who can meet you virtually or face-to-face to discuss how to best implement Six Step Methodology to enhance your workforce strategy. Find out how we can help develop your integrated workforce to meet the needs of the future.
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
Workforce development insights and articles
Read specialist insight pieces from some of the health sector’s leading experts – or download brochures, case studies and healthcare research reports from the Skills for Health Information Hub.