Guidance

Here are some of the best examples of guidance for health and social care workforce planners. They include a six-step planning guide to help councils through the workforce planning process, and Skills for Care’s new guide for providers of adult social care. Use search or the filters to find the guidance you need.

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NHS Occupational Code Manual Version 8.1

Occupation codes are the traditional way of identifying numbers of staff in specific work sectors of the NHS in a consistent way. Occupation codes cover staff in the Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS), including both medical and non-medical.

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Taking Steps: A guide to workforce planning for providers of adult social care

This guide by Skills for Care has been produced in conjunction with Skills for Health and The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), to support workforce planning for providers of adult social care. The guide incorporates the Six Step Methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning (Skills for Health 2008) and aims to provide a shared model of working with service providers across social care and health.

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SHA maps with example

Guidance on how to use the SHA maps available on this site. Using the most recently available data, these profession-specific maps allow comparison of the local workforce circumstances with the national picture. In isolation, an SHA map does not provide an answer to what commissioning levels should be; each map is intended to be used in conjunction with local knowledge.

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE): People management: Workforce planning

SCIE guidance on effective workforce planning in the social care sector.

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE): People management: Retention best practice

A useful guide to problems posed by staff turnover, covering best-practice strategies for staff retention.

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Radiology Presentation

A presentation from WRT's 2007 multi-professional imaging review, by Paul Maltby from the UK Radiopharmacy Group. It provides a background to radiopharmacy and highlights contemporary issues, such as a critical shortage of senior radiopharmaceutical scientists in the UK. .

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Skills for Care: Integrated Local Area Workforce Strategy (InLAWS)

The Integrated Local Area Workforce Strategy (InLAWS) project is a joint initiative between Skills for Care and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). The project aims to develop effective ways to support Directors of Adult Social Services (DASS) with workforce commissioning across their local area.

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NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement: What to look out for... Workforce

The 'What to look out for...' series of guides is designed for directors and programme / project managers who are leading service change designed to bring care closer to home.

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Institute for Employment Studies (IES): Workforce planning guide

An eight-step approach to help both HR practitioners and managers through the workforce planning process.(Not specific to social care).

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Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA): Workforce planning: introduction and six-step approach

Introduction and six-step workforce planning guide to help councils through the workforce planning process.

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