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What's Cooking

Current planning stages

Below you can see the active Stages of the process map.  These are the Stages where work is currently being completed as part of a Trust's annual workforce planning cycle.

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Develop Transformation Plan & Learning and Development Plan

  • Develop transformation plan. This should reflect system priorities as identified by the STP. The transformation plan should also include the workforce implications of planned changes.

  • Review Trust workforce plan and update to reflect planned changes in the transformation plan.

  • Review Trust workforce plan and transformation plan to identify workforce development and training needs and create learning and development plan.

  • Ensure transformation plan and learning and development plan are clearly communicated.

Bespoke Workforce Planning for System Planning

  • Clearly define the problem to control scope and manage as a project.

  • Conduct research into the identified workforce group or service area. This is likely to include both local and wider intelligence, literature searches and reviewing intelligence available through professional bodies.

  • Identify stakeholders, including:

    • Experts in the workforce area
    • Holders of data or intelligence related to the workforce area
  • Identify what information is required and whether some or all of this can be provided by intelligence already held.

  • Create method(s) to capture intelligence. This may include:

    • Data template
    • Narrative questions
    • Survey
    • Focus group or action learning set

    Consider using a range of methods to ensure your picture of the workforce group or service area is sufficiently comprehensive.

  • Communicate with stakeholders to capture intelligence within agreed timescales. This may be iterative, rather than a single collection, and should include testing potential solutions and recommendations with stakeholders.

  • Produce report and recommendations and submit to Service Lead for smaller projects, or Executive Team for larger projects as appropriate.

  • Agree recommendations to take forward with defined ‘owner’ for each recommended action.

  • Communicate report and outcomes to stakeholders.

Submit Sustainability and Transformation Plan

  • At 15 April 2016, each STP footprint will submit a short return including priorities, gap analysis and governance arrangements.

  • At 30 June 2016, each footprint will submit their initial STP return.

  • Further iterations of STPs will be submitted in September and October 2016.

  • Final sign off of STPs will be in March 2017.


Recent topics and comments

  • Discussion Forum

    Want to contribute to a thread or set up your own discussion? Simply go to the discussion forum and click on register.  Add a few details and your account is created.

    Chamberlain, Sarah (HEE WM)
  • New to Workforce Planning

    New to Workforce Planning? Have a look at the Workforce Planning for Beginners Cookbook.

    Chamberlain, Sarah (HEE WM)