This document is primarily for SHA Directors of Workforce, DH and PCTs, and will also be of interest to employers, educational providers and professional bodies. It aims to set out the key priorities and issues for the healthcare workforce, as identified by the NHS Workforce Review Team (WRT) during the course of their workforce planning work and taking into account feedback from the service and planners.
Each year, WRT has been commissioned by the DH and the 10 SHAs to make an assessment of priority issues within workforce in health and social care, based on healthcare policy and workforce need.
The Assessment of Workforce Priorities (AWP) document has served as an executive summary to WRT’s work since July 2008 and is primarily for SHA Directors of Workforce, DH and PCTs. It will also be of interest to employers, educational providers and professional bodies. It aims to set out the key priorities and issues for the healthcare workforce in England.
WRT carried out a significant development programme for 2009/10. Workforce intelligence and information has been increasingly gathered through WRT’s networks on a pathway basis. WRT worked through the eight Darzi areas and eight separate patient pathways and published workforce reports on these groups over the course of 2009.
For more detailed information on individual specialties and professions, there are workforce summary documents for each of the specialties and professions on the WRT website. Workforce planners and commissioners are encouraged to refer to these documents when working on their plans.
The final version can be downloaded below: