Improving healthcare science workforce data - guidance now available

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22 / 11 / 2013 9.22am

Changes to the workforce classification values for the healthcare science (HCS) workforce will be made available in ESR from late December 2013.

Guidance has now been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which explains how to apply the new HCS values for those inputting records on ESR.

What this means for employers

The new values will need to be applied to your current healthcare science workforce. This will involve auditing your current workforce data to ensure the correct records are included in the changes, reviewing the new values and assessing how these will apply to your existing records, and then finalising the changes that you want to make to your records.

Human resource and workforce information colleagues are encouraged to access the available guidance materials to find out more about the changes, and to work with their local healthcare science leads to begin auditing their current HCS workforce data in preparation.  

When applied correctly, the new HCS values will allow workforce planners, HR teams and directors to better understand and manage their healthcare science teams, and improve data quality.  

Frequently asked questions

We have developed a set of FAQ's to help employers with these changes. You can access these in our ESR and the healthcare workforce section.

Further information

Further information will be made available via the ESR website and KBase in due course.

If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact the HSCIC, with ‘Healthcare Science Workforce’ in the subject line at

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