Work undertaken by the CfWI

An outline of the CfWI's projects.

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Medical and dental workforce reviews

The work of the Centre for Workforce Intelligence was commissioned to help decision-makers plan the future medical and dental workforce in England.

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Non-medical workforce reviews and tools

The CfWI conducted numerous research projects and unveiled tools to assist non-medical workforces with their future skills planning - including nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals, pharmacy, sonography and psychological therapies.

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Social care

CfWI insights into social care continue to support the delivery of The Care Act 2015 and the creation of a skilled and integrated workforce to support people in need in our society in the future. CfWI worked with our commissioners to consider what the future health and social care workforce might look like and the skills it will require. This work will continue to inform plans by the Department of Health, local authorities and other care providers.

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Integrated care

The paper 'Think integration, think workforce: Three steps to workforce integration' comprised part of the CfWI's programme of work exploring the workforce implications of delivering joined-up health and social care services. The report provided workforce leaders and senior workforce specialists with clear steps to support workforce integration.

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Public health

The CfWI's intelligence on the public health workforce enabled its commissioners to make policy decisions on the future size and shape of this diverse and important workforce. Publications included a mapping of the wider workforce which contributes to improving the nation’s health, and reviews of the public health specialist and practitioner workforces. The CfWI also supported PHE’s review of the future public health workforce. To see a summary of CfWI public health reports over the last two years, please see the publications page.

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Horizon Scanning and International

The CfWI's Horizon 2035 programme looked at the fundamental questions that face England’s health and care services in 20 years’ time while the centre's work on the European Union’s Joint Action programme considered similar questions at a European level.

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Research & Development

At the heart of the CfWI work was the robust workforce planning framework (RWPF). The CfWI constantly reviewed and refined its approach to researching and interpreting data to improve the robustness of its findings. Latest thinking was shared through technical papers published in the technical papers section of the CfWI website.

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Overarching CfWI projects and tools

Alongside projects looking at individual workforces, the Centre for Workforce Intelligence also carried out research on cross-cutting issues that affect all aspects of the health and social care workforce. These included the CfWI's contribution to the Migration Advisory Committee’s review of the National Shortage Occupation List and a workforce architecture information tool to help workforce planners identify sources of workforce information in their region.

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