An outline of the CfWI's current and recent projects.

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Medical and dental workforce reviews

Our work is helping decision-makers plan the future medical workforce in England. We have recently published reports on acute medical care specialists, anaesthetics and intensive care consultants, and obstetricians and gynaecologists. Current projects include a review of the future requirements for general surgery specialists.

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Non-medical workforce reviews and tools

Our clinical team is responsible for the research informing workforce planning for nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals, pharmacy and psychological therapies. Recent projects include reviews into the speech and language therapist workforce and the launch of the Maternity Care Pathways Tool for Health Education England.

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Social care

Our 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. We are working 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 inform plans by the Department of Health, local authorities and other care providers.

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Integrated care

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

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Public health

Our intelligence on the public health workforce enables our commissioners to make policy decisions on the future size and shape of this diverse and important workforce. Recent publications include a stocktake of public health scientists and a review of public health knowledge and intelligence staff in England. We are currently mapping the wider workforce which contributes to improving the nation’s health.

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Horizon scanning and International

Our Horizon 2035 programme looks at the fundamental questions that face England’s health and care services in twenty years’ time while our work on the European Union’s Joint Action programme considers similar questions at a European level.

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Research & Development

Our Robust Workforce Planning Framework is at the heart of our work. We are constantly reviewing and refining our approach to researching and interpreting data to improve the robustness of our findings. We share our latest thinking through technical papers which we publish in the technical papers section of our website.

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Overarching CfWI projects and tools

Alongside projects looking at individual workforces, we also carry out research on cross-cutting issues that affect all aspects of the health and social care workforce. Recent examples include our 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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