Meeting the needs of the future patient and every eventuality
Our expertise in healthcare workforce development combined with robust research & evaluation methods means our scenario planning solutions prepare to look beyond the patient needs of today, and focus on tomorrow.
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Supporting you to plan, prepare and tackle tomorrow's challenges
Our team of workforce specialists can help you understand the external context or environment which may affect the future patient needs, or challenges in your workforce in the years to come. Factors such as culture, ownership, service requirements, timeframes, human and financial resources and many others are all interdependent, and vital to understand to effectively plan for the challenges that tomorrow may bring.
A robust strategic process that delivers
Scenarios consider a range of possible futures which, wit the right support, can prepare you to look ahead at what issues may arise in your organisation. Scenarios encourage exploration of what might happen. They are constructed to explore ‘What if?’ rather than ‘Whether’ and are built upon combinations of identified drivers of the external environment. These are derived from what stays with us from the past and what we see as heading towards us from the future, and considers what will have the greatest impact to patient care.
They consider alternative possibilities for the future to properly plan
Consider multiple options that are interdependent but all impact your workforce
Provide a framework for thinking about workforce differently, the 'what if' possibilities
Are based on robust and extensive research and use with NHS and healthcare bodies
Six Step Methodology
Our approach helps ensure health employers have the right staff, with the right skills to deliver cost-effective, high-quality patient care. The critical six steps help NHS and healthcare employers identify the purpose and scope of a strategic workforce plan, why it’s needed, and what it will deliver.
Research & Evaluation
Our industry-leading expertise in national and international workforce research includes robust techniques to fully evaluate both workforce and healthcare service challenges, from scenario planning and labour-market intelligence to skills audits and much more. We have the critical evaluation solutions to really get under the skin of your workforce needs.
The Care Certificate
The Care Certificate is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life. Designed with the non-regulated workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.
Workforce Planning workshops & events
We deliver an annual programme of regional and national workforce planning workshops and events to bring together industry leaders, share best practice, and focus on today’s real-world challenges in the health sector. Our high-calibre speakers regularly join events delivered online and face to face, to raise the profile of workforce planning methods and issues, we do it all.
National Competency Frameworks
As the leading authority on national competency frameworks, national occupational standards, and healthcare apprenticeships, we are aligned closely with the Department for Health and Social Care and Health Education England. We are pro-active partners and support the NHS and healthcare sector to deliver high-quality, sustainable workforce competencies for the future.
Primary Care Workforce Strategy
We support the development of a skilled, sustainable workforce at local levels, for improved primary care services that deliver public benefit. Addressing primary care workforce challenges is our priority, helping to better understand and support the improvement of patient care before health issues escalate to acute settings.
Book a free initial consultation
We have specialists who can meet you virtually or face-to-face to discuss how to use scenario planning to enhance your future workforce strategy. Find out how we can help develop your integrated workforce to meet your specific needs.
The benefits we are now starting to see are largely due to the productive relationship with Skills for Health, drawing on the influence, advice, guidance, experience and expertise of the Skills for Health Workforce Planning team.
David Withers, Head of Education, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Workforce development insights and articles
Read specialist insight pieces from some of the health sector’s leading experts – or download brochures, case studies and reports from our extensive library.