Who does workforce planning well? Workforce review team rapid review summary

J.A. Curson (NHS Workforce Review Team, Winchester, UK)
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M.E. Dell (NHS Workforce Review Team, Winchester, UK)
R.A. Wilson (Institute of Employment Research, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
D.L. Bosworth (Institute of Employment Research, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
B. Baldauf (Institute of Employment Research, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Publication date: 12 January 2010

Abstract

Purpose

This paper sets out to disseminate new knowledge about workforce planning, a crucial health sector issue. The Health Select Committee criticised NHS England's failure to develop and apply effective workforce planning. The Workforce Review Team (WRT) commissioned the Institute for Employment Research, Warwick University, to undertake a “rapid review” of global literature to identify good practice. A workforce planning overview, its theoretical principles, good practice exemplars are provided before discussing their application to healthcare.

Design/methodology/approach

The literature review, undertaken September‐November 2007, determined the current workforce planning evidence within and outside health service provision and any consensus on successful workforce planning.

Findings

Much of the literature was descriptive and there was a lack of comparative or evaluative research‐based evidence to inform UK healthcare workforce planning. Workforce planning practices were similar in other countries.

Practical implications

There was no evidence to challenge current WRT approaches to NHS England workforce planning. There are a number of indications about how this might be extended and improved, given additional resources. The evidence‐base for workforce planning would be strengthened by robust and authoritative studies.

Originality/value

Systematic workforce planning is a key healthcare quality management element. This review highlights useful information that can be turned into knowledge by informed application to the NHS. Best practice in other sectors and other countries appears to warrant exploration.

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Citation

Curson, J.A., Dell, M.E., Wilson, R.A., Bosworth, D.L. and Baldauf, B. (2010), "Who does workforce planning well? Workforce review team rapid review summary", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 110-119. https://doi.org/10.1108/09526861011010712

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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