What we do

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) produces quality intelligence to inform better workforce planning, in order to improve people's lives.

The decisions we make today about skill mix, training places and operational models will all impact on whether the workforce of the future is able to manage the key challenges of our changing society, particularly the rapidly ageing population with multiple long-term conditions.

Strategic workforce planning is central to ensuring the system can meet these needs, by reconfiguring the workforce to deliver better health and social care outcomes in the future.


The CfWI has now entered its fourth year, building on the formative work in years 1 and the development of baseline data, approaches and tools developed during years 2 and 3.

An important part of the CfWI's remit is to model, analyse and make recommendations on medical training numbers as well as advise the system on changes to future workforce requirements.

The CfWI modelling and analysis work uses data and intelligence which already exists elsewhere in the health and social care system and adds value through synthesis and analysis of that data.

The CfWI is not a data repository but works closely with the many organisations that hold data relating to the health and social care workforce, such as:

  • the NHS Information Centre
  • the Medical Royal Colleges
  • regulatory bodies.

These relationships are essential to the production of quality intelligence; to provide quality intelligence and to make accurate recommendations the CfWI needs access to the highest quality, accurate and timely data available.


The CfWI provides:

  • easily accessible resources for workforce planners in health and social care
  • long-term strategic scenario planning for workforce, based on research and evidence with careful analysis and measured comment
  • useful tools and models for workforce planning.

The challenges faced by senior leaders and practitioners are acute, particularly in the current financial climate. We support the health and social care system in a practical way by providing insight and evidence to help inform better decision making.