Workforce planning guidance 2014/15 – NHS Health Education England – 16 April 2014
Extract from the Foreword:
“The £5bn Health Education England (HEE) invests annually on behalf of taxpayers funds the training and development of the health care workforce in England. The NHS employs 1.4m staff in over 300 different professions across more than 1,000 different organisations who meet the needs of 1m patients every 36 hours.
This is a complex business with labour markets cutting across health, social and independent sectors and operating at all levels from local to international. The National Health Service needs a workforce plan that delivers locally and for the sum of the parts. HEE is the single accountable national body which leads and co-ordinates investment in the development of the health and public health workforce. Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) are the regional presence of HEE, charged with ensuring that local commissioners and employers, informed by the needs of patients, are at the forefront of the planning and forecasting process.
Our guidance this year is structured as follows:
.Section 2 establishes the importance of planning the workforce based on current and future patient need, and outlines the high level process for developing plans this year;
.Section 3 describes in more detail the roles of HEE and our partners in the workforce planning process;
.Section 4 sets out the timetable for delivery of components of the planning process;
.Appendix A elaborates on the context and on systemic improvements that are in train to improve the planning process.”