Roles and Responsibilities

This page gives you further information about the roles involved in workforce planning, as well as the Stages in the Recipe for which each role has actions. Some of these roles may have different job titles within your organisation, and some responsibilities may be split between roles, but all responsibilities will be carried out within an organisation.

Finance Lead (Trust)

This role has responsibility for ensuring the affordability of the workforce plan.

Commissioning Lead (CCG/CSU)

CCGs determine which services are needed and are responsible for commissioning those services for the local population. CSUs provide a number of services on behalf of CCGs.

Activity Lead (Trust)

This role has access to patient information that is necessary to inform scenario modelling e.g. admissions, number of procedures, waiting lists.

Health Education England (HEE)

HEE is the NHS Arm's Length Body responsible for ensuring the NHS clinical workforce supply has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

    Stages involving this role:

Executive Team (Trust)

This is made up of the board members, including the Chief Executive, who have responsibility for signing off workforce plans.

STP Lead (STP)

Each STP has an identified lead responsible for overseeing and coordinating that STP’s process. The STP lead is a senior and credible leader from within the system, such as a CCG Chief Officer, Trust Chief Executive or Local Authority Chief Executive.

STP Workforce Lead (STP)

Each STP has an identified workforce lead who is responsible for leading on the workforce elements of STP workstreams.

Learning and Development Lead (Trust)

This role is responsible for identifying learning and training needs within an organisation and developing training packages to meet these needs.


Higher Education Institutions provide degree courses for clinical staff.