Developments in workforce planning

A summary of wider developments in workforce planning.

July 2015

Closure of Children's Inpatient Services - St John's Hospital

Due to staffing and recruitment difficulties, patients will no longer be admitted to the children's inpatient service at Livingston Hospital from Friday 3 July 2015 to ensure patient safety. NHS Lothian will be assessing all viable options for a sustainable paediatric service over the next six weeks.

View the full article here: Changes to the Children's Inpatient Services at St John's Hospital

April 2015

Workforce planning in the NHS

The King's Fund explores in depth workforce planning and how it aligns with strategic policy in mental health, general practice and community nursing. Investigating how issues presented in the NHS workforce have been addressed across the system so far, this report also highlights the main challenges and recommendations in order to improve workforce planning, ultimately providing a more efficient service for patients.
Access the full report here: Workforce planning in the NHS

Frontline First: A look at efficiency savings and their impact on nursing, midwifery and the health visiting workforce

RCN builds upon the priorities of frontline services and the impending shortage of the nursing workforce in this report, highlighting the impact of efficiency savings on patient care.
The full report can be accessed here: Frontline First – The fragile frontline

March 2015

Service reconfiguration in the NHS: An Evaluation

The National Institute for Health Research investigates the current pressures within the NHS in England which necessitate reconfiguration and the solutions proposed.
The article can be accessed here: Insights from the clinical assurance of service reconfiguration in the NHS: the drivers of reconfiguration and the evidence that underpins it – a mixed-methods study

February 2015

2015 HEE Workforce plan for England

Health Education England (HEE) releases the most recent Workforce Plan for England which outlines objectives underpinning the investment decisions for ensuring a sufficient workforce and the improvement of healthcare services.
The full report can be accessed here: HEE workforce plan (2015)

Paediatric non-consultant non-training roles included on shortage occupation list by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)

The full report, partial review of shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland, produced by the Migration Advisory Committee, can be accessed here.

January 2015

Balance in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology workforce and future implications

Commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) and Health Education England (HEE), the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) has conducted a stocktake review exploring the balance in the current demand and supply for the Obstetrics & Gynaecology workforce, and how this may be affected in the future.
The full report can be accessed here: Securing the future workforce supply: Obstetrics and gynaecology stocktake

July 2014

The Department of Health has announced that trainee surgeons and doctors will be encouraged to opt out of the Working Time Directive.

More details can be found on the RCPCH news page or the article can be accessed in The Telegraph.

May 2014

Department of Health mandate to Health Education England (HEE)

This refreshed mandate sets out the governments strategic objectives from April 2014 to March 2015. Read the full mandate: Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: Developing the right people with the right skills and the right values.  

You can read the RCPCH response to HEE mandate here.

March 2014

The implementation of the working time directive, and its impact on the NHS and health professionals

The final report of the independent working time regulations taskforce was published in March 2014. It has reviewed the evidence on the effect of the regulations on the delivery of patient care and the training of doctors and has made some recommendations. The full report can be accessed here: Independent working time regulations taskforce report.

Department of Health, NHS and other national census information

England - NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) workforce statistics for medical and dental staff 2004-2014 - Health and Social Care Information Centre - published March 2015

England - NHS medical and dental staff 2001 - 2011 - Health and Social Care Information Centre - published March 2012

Scotland - NHS Scotland medical and dental staff - ISD Scotland

Wales - medical and dental staff by grade and year - StatsWales

Northern Ireland Health and Social Care workforce census 2011 - Health, Social Service and Public Safety (NI)

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