08 / 7 / 2013 10.52am
Effective workforce planning is key to ensuring that the NHS has enough staff, with the right skills and values to be able to provide excellent patient-centred care, now and in the future.
The new guidance issued by Health Education England (HEE) spells out the processes that it will oversee, with its Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), to plan for the NHS' education and training provision. It includes the roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for various partners to help HEE to assess need, and make decisions on how investments in education and training should be made. It also sets out the milestones and timelines for the planning process to be operated in 2013/14 which will produce 2014/15 workforce investment plans.
HEE has also issued a ‘call for evidence’ to gather the views of stakeholders on the future workforce. It is an opportunity for employers, and other stakeholders to submit your evidence and associated judgement, from a national perspective, on what the future workforce need will be. Your perspectives and experience will be used to shape the final plans for workforce planning processes and policy.
NHS Employers will also be submitting a response, on behalf of employers. It will focus not only on the importance of training the right numbers of staff, but on the need for them to be tested for (and display) the values and behaviours the NHS aspires to. You have also been telling us how you consider the whole workforce in your own planning processes, and how different roles are being used in innovative ways to deliver excellent care. We will draw on this in our response to HEE.
Find out more about the workforce planning guidance, and about how you can submit to the call for evidence here.