New system to improve scientific workforce data - are you onboard?

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26 / 3 / 2014 Midday

It's three months since the new healthcare science workforce classifications were introduced on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) - are you using them?

In December 2013, changes to the workforce classifications for the healthcare science (HCS) workforce were made available on the ESR.

These new classifications are effectively changing the way the HCS workforce is recorded on ESR, helping to ensuring a comprehensive workforce profile of this staff group.

Progress so far

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is currently measuring uptake of the new codes and will be issuing updates over the coming months.

They are continuing to work with NHS organisations to resolve any outstanding issues with the new arrangements. It is anticipated that revised guidance materials will be available shortly to ensure a consistent approach is adopted across organisations.

What this means for employers

If you haven't already started using the codes in your organisation then now is the time to do so. They allow you to effectively code all of your healthcare science workforce and improve the quality of your healthcare science data. In time this will assist in effective workforce planning and help to measure the valuable contribution of this part of the workforce on the delivery of patient care.

Download the available guidance materials.

Success relies on you

The success of this new system relies on the combined effort of HR and workforce information colleagues, along with your local lead scientist, making full use of the available guidance materials.

Further information

Further information is available on our ESR and the healthcare science workforce page.

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