Workforce Planning

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Developing a Strategic Plan for the Workforce of the Future

The NHS workforce – an estimated 1.4 million people – is the primary driver of future health costs. The economic and demographic challenges facing the health system in England are intensely felt by the health care workforce delivering services on the front line. Given that around 70 per cent of recurring NHS provider costs relate to staffing, and that the NHS is one of the world’s largest employers, it is vital that the service invests in making the best use of staff to ensure they can deliver the care required by patients into the future. Focusing attention on this workforce is essential to addressing cost pressures and the delivery of future care models such as those outlined in the NHS five year forward view (Forward View) (NHS England et al 2014).

The Course

This two day workshop has been developed with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).   The programme will enable anyone interested in Workforce Planning to explore options and to understand what they can do to help build this important capability. Some of the participants will already be working with workforce planning tools and others may be quite new to it. The workshop could provide an environment where participants can explore how to improve their offer to the area they advise.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the key elements of business strategy and where workforce planning fits
  • Explore various tools and techniques applicable to workforce planning
  • Practice the application of techniques in exercises and case studies
  • Develop an action plan to improve the attraction and retention of key talent
  • Confidently participate in the business planning process and use tools to conduct a ‘future look’ exercise
  • Construct and implement workforce plans

Course Tutor

Rita McGee, FCIPD, FRSA, is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Previously HR Director of The Pepe Group, she now works as a consultant, tutor, facilitator and executive coach. She has worked in most areas of human resource management and development including positions as Director of Personnel and Non-Executive Director. She is a Member of the Institute of Directors, Chatham House and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. She was the Chair of the West London CIPD branch and their representative on the CIPD Council for three years and continues to support the branch by speaking at events.

Rita is a published author and has completed seven toolkits for the CIPD including the best-selling Talent Management and Succession Planning. Rita has been working with a major government department on the talent pipeline for managers. The programme included briefing the Board on different aspects of Talent Management, facilitating the HR and Career Development team discussions on approach to talent management, the launch of the talent management process, career development planning and involvement in the design and delivery of a leadership development suite of workshops. There are three programmes which support managers from their first line management role through to Director. She was involved in early discussions about assessment of talent and introducing a talent review process and has subsequently provided coaching for top talent in the same organisation. 


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