Job planning handbook

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28 / 8 / 2009 10.21am

The job planning handbook aims to guide, support and provide examples to maximise the potential of job planning within NHS organisations. The handbook is split into the following sections: 

Setting the Scene

This section provides insight into the wider context in which job planning takes place, including how the process links to appraisal, service development and the wider NHS.

Job planning tools

In addition to giving an overview of the job planning process, this section discusses how different approaches to job planning can be used in practice and provides some examples. 

Objective setting

This section of the handbook provides advice on how to go about setting objectives including some specific tips for clinical managers and consultants.


Effective objective setting is pivotal to the success of consultant job planning. This section of the Handbook provides advice on how to  set objectives including some specific tips for clinical managers and consultants.

  • : Local and national priorities and the job planning process  Appendix 1
  • : Illustrative examples of National Service Frameworks and other healthcare priorities  Appendix 2
  • Pay Circular Appendix 3: Comprised of pay progression  tables - now obsolete, for current tables please see relevant
  • : Preparation for job planning - review of workload and commitments  Appendix 4
  • : Approaches to team job planning  Appendix 5
  • : Using local information and data in the job planning process  Appendix 6
  • : Sample objectives Appendix 7


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