Mapping Health and Social Care Workforce Shapers

Barbara Jones, Rafael Popper, Mercedes Bleda

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Workforce planning is a vital process shaping the future of over 3.6 million people working in the health and social care sectors in the UK. For this reason, the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) is using Horizon Scanning to monitor, anticipate and prioritise emerging and “frontier” issues that are relevant for workforce policy, research and strategic agendas (Popper, 2008). This paper is the first in a series of publications aimed to (1) support the scoping of CfWI Horizon Scaning (HS) research; and, (2) inform the CfWI HS technology development activities. In so doing, the paper introduces key elements of workforce planning, the wider framework for NHS workforce planning and key factors shaping workforce demand and supply. This is complemented with international approaches to workforce planning followed by a discussion about challenges and future prospects. Finally, the paper provides a short description of the web-based technologies supporting the CfWI HS activities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherCentre for Workforce Intelligence (CFWI)
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study


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