An outline of the CfWI key project areas for the current year.

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Medical and dental workforce reviews

Our programme of work is helping decision-makers plan for the needs of the future medical workforce in England for specialist groups including GPs; psychiatrists; ophthalmologists; obstetricians and gynaecologists; anaesthetists and intensivists; dentists; dental care professionals as well as workforces providing acute and other medical services.

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Non-medical workforce reviews and tools

Any impact upon the workforce – such as changes in demographics and working patterns – means that the non-medical workforce we need in the future may be different to what we need now. We have undertaken a number of projects and piloted tools to help inform workforce planning for areas including nursing; midwifery; allied health professionals; pharmacy and psychological therapies.

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Social care

Our programme of social care continues to support the delivery of the white paper Caring for our future: reforming care and support and the Care Act. Our work involves forecasting the social care workforce over the next 15 years as well as contributing to the social work reform agenda.

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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

We have been commissioned to gather information on the public health workforce to enable our commissioners to make policy decisions relating to the future size and shape of the public health workforce. This includes a survey of consultants and specialists, published in May 2014; a mapping exercise of the core public health workforce; and a stocktake of the public health scientist workforce in England.

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Horizon scanning

Our Horizon Scanning work at the CfWI has worked to identify a series of big picture challenges that are fundamental for the workforces in our health and care services to consider when considering future workforce planning. Following on from this, our Horizon 2035 programme intends to engage sector experts and consider different workforce futures 20 years from now. The outcomes of this work will help ensure our health and care services can meet the challenges facing them. More information can also be found on the Hub - www.horizonscanning.org.uk.

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Research & Development

The purpose of R&D is to strengthen the current capability of the CfWI through developing, standardising and integrating our methodological approaches across all CfWI projects, in order to improve the credibility of our work.

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Overarching CfWI projects and tools

Alongside our workforce-specific stocktakes and in-depth reviews, we also produce work that is more overarching in nature including work for the National Shortage Occupation List and Migration Advisory Committee. We also have a suite of legacy tools covering care pathways, workforce information architecture and a workforce comparison tool for LETBs.

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