As demands upon the health service continue to increase, the shape of the workforce will need to change and new models of care explored to deliver effective services in the future.
In recent years research has been carried out which policy makers, governing bodies and organisations responsible for healthcare delivery may want to consider when looking at how they can meet this challenge.
The King's Fund report - Supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries
This report, commissioned by NHS Employers and the Local Government Association (LGA), argues that organisations should not just focus on creating new roles but also look at ways to share and develop the skills of the existing workforce so they can work more effectively 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 need to change considerably to respond to future demand, and that the workforce has a key role to play.
The report is available on The King's Fund website.
Nuffield Trust report - Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need
NHS Employers commissioned the Nuffield Trust to look at how, and where NHS staffing could be re-organised to support new models of care delivery. 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.
Further guidance and resources to support you to develop your future workforce are available on our workforce supply web pages.