Integrated (Population-Based) Workforce Planning
The NHS workforce is a critical driver and key enabler for future service delivery. Integrated (Population-based) Workforce Planning considers the whole Health Care system. This spans from a comprehensive range of services within the hospital environments to a comprehensive range of services in the local health economy. It also considers the role that patient / carers play in the care pathway.
NHS Wales planning framework requires NHS organisations within Wales to submit a 3 year Integrated Medium Term Plan (IMTP) which describes a six stage approach to the planning cycle.
Many things impact on workforce planning, for example, technology changes, population trends, deprivation and chronic conditions, different generational expectations, changes in policy and local employment trend data. Workforce engagement and health & wellbeing of the workforce are also important factors in retaining staff.
Approximately 80% of NHS staff currently employed, will be the workforce of the future. It is important to understand what skills and competences are required to deliver planned services. Also to understand where these skills / competencies will come from and if they not readily available, make provision to develop these.
Therefore ensuring a workforce of: