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30 / 6 / 2016 4pm

As demands upon health services continue to increase, the shape of the workforce will need to change. New models of delivery will be required to deliver effective patient care in the future.

Policy makers, governing bodies and organisations that are responsible for healthcare service delivery are looking at how they can meet this challenge.

The King's Fund report - Supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries

In a new report commissioned by NHS Employers and the Local Government Association (LGA), The King's Fund argues that organisations should not just focus on creating new roles but look at ways to share and develop the skills of the existing workforce to effectively work across the boundaries of health and social care.

In the report, Supporting integration though new roles and working across boundaries, author and The King's Fund fellow Helen Gilburt recognises that health and social care needs to change considerably to respond to future demand, and that the workforce has a key role to play.

Visit The King's Fund website to download the report. Further guidance and resources to support you to develop your future workforce are available on our workforce supply web pages.

Nuffield Trust report - Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need

NHS Employers commissioned the Nuffield Trust to look at how NHS staffing could be re-organised to support new models of delivering care.  In the report Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need, it is argued that trusts should consider developing the workforce as an urgent priority.

The research considers the impacts and benefits of developing the following roles within the non-medical workforce:

  • the support workforce, including healthcare assistants 
  • registered healthcare professionals
  • advanced practice roles for nurses
  • the new physician associate role.

The study highlights key considerations including time, capacity and the need for careful role redesign.  It has been informed by case studies, interviews, a literature review and a survey of local Health Education England leaders.

Shape of Care report

The Shape of Caring review report published in May 2016, Raising the Bar, commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) in partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), made a series of recommendations for the future education and training of nurses and care assistants. 

The report focused on how the NHS can ensure that the education and training of the registered nursing and care assistant workforce is fit for purpose for the next 10 to 15 years.

Read more on our Shape of caring report web pages.

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