Workforce planning tools


11 / 04 / 2014

These healthcare science workforce planning tools were commissioned by the Department of Health and are designed to help employers effectively plan their healthcare science workforce.

There is currently some work being done to improve the tools. We will update this page as the work develops.


NHS Employers is hosting these tools to ensure that HR, workforce and healthcare science departments have easy access to them.

What do the tools do?

The tools were developed for three areas of the healthcare science workforce; pathology, physiological sciences and physical science and engineering. They are designed to be used by staff responsible for collecting and analysing healthcare science workforce data to support employers with the healthcare science modernisation agenda.

The tools provide employers with a method for analysing the activity of the current healthcare science workforce and the services provided.

What should I use the tools for?

The tools will enable you to simulate the workforce you require by modelling different scenarios for service delivery. They can help you understand the demand for scientific services and plan your healthcare science workforce accordingly.

Pathology tool

Physical science and engineering tool

Physiological sciences tool

Shared learning

There is no longer user support available for these tools, however you may find it useful to visit our shared learning pages which bring together examples of organisations who have successfully re-profiled their scientific workforce using the tools.

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