What we do

The CfWI is a key contributor to the planning of future workforce requirements for health, public health and social care in England. We are commissioned by the Department of Health, as well as Health Education England and Public Health England, to look at specific workforce groups and pathways, and to provide materials, tools and resources to inform workforce planning policy decisions at a national and local level.

We provide high-quality intelligence which helps inform decisions on the millions of people working in health, public health and social care. We do this by running major projects and reviews to help inform the decisions our commissioners make as part of their annual workforce planning processes.

The work we undertake also has an international dimension, garnering interest from European member states and other international health economies. In particular, we are working with the Department of Health to share workforce planning capabilities with the EU Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting network.

The CfWI has now entered its sixth year, building on the formative work in year1 and the development of baseline data, approaches and tools developed during years 2, 3 and 4. Find a list of our various product offerings at http://www.cfwi.org.uk/products.

We engage with our stakeholders in the health and social care system to produce quality workforce intelligence and are always actively looking for stakeholders who can bring specific subject matter expertise to our project work.

In the last five years, the CfWI has led more than 20 major studies on the future workforce needs of the health and care workforces, which impact 2.8 million people working in health, public health and social care. Through the production of over 400 publications issued by the Centre since its formation in 2010, all of the Medical Royal Colleges and faculties, key professional bodies and associations, academic institutions and employers have been involved.

Over the last 12 months we have produced nearly 30 publications and infographics. This spectrum of intelligence helps stakeholders and commissioners – the Department of Health, Health Education England and Public Health England – to make informed decisions about the shape and size of the workforce of the future. Our stakeholders play a key role in helping us ensure that our intelligence is robust and fit for purpose. Over 61,000 visits have been made to the CfWI website in this period, with over 38,000 downloads of our content in this time.

We invite stakeholders to participate in our research through a number of methods, including steering and reference groups, workshops related to our horizon scanning and scenario generation methodology, and online engagement in our surveys and interviews. This year we updated our methodology to include expert elicitation using the SHeffield ELicitation Framework (SHELF) process. This new workshop style was used for a number of our projects over the last 12 months.

You can keep up to date with our forthcoming events and workshops, as well as CfWI news and projects, by visiting our website, engaging with us on Twitter and following @C4WI, which has over 1,600 followers. Alongside our Twitter account, we also have an active LinkedIn group with over 500 friends, and over 5,300 subscribers to our monthly newsletter, both of which are used to share updates on CfWI projects, upcoming events and blogs.

We are always improving CfWI approaches to workforce modelling and analysis by learning from best practices in other organisations. This includes organisations outside of health and social care both nationally and internationally, which involves developing research networks, and attending and presenting papers at relevant conferences in the UK and overseas.

Knowledge of best practices is shared in an on-going technical paper series and published on this website - http://www.cfwi.org.uk/our-work/research-development/cfwi-technical-paper-series. The technical papers focus on a variety of areas of workforce planning and are used to share new approaches that we have developed. In the future, this may include papers commissioned from external organisations and experts on topics of particular interest.