On the day briefing: Consultation on draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027
Health Education England (HEE) has published Facing the facts, shaping the future, a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027. This follows the secretary of state’s commitment at the NHS Providers annual conference that for the first time the health and care system would have a long-term national workforce strategy.
A consultation on the draft strategy will run until Friday 23 March 2018. Regional meetings and webinars will be offered by HEE among other ways to contribute. We will submit a formal response and will engage with you on this in the New Year. The final version of the strategy will then be published in July 2018. This On the Day Briefing gives an overview of the draft strategy, our response, and next steps.
HEE is proposing a set of six high level principles that will underpin future workforce decisions:
- Securing the supply of staff, with particular attention on the supply of the UK workforce in order to lessen the need to recruit staff from other countries.
- Enabling a flexible and adaptable workforce through investment in education and training of new and current staff. While recognising that NHS professionals have distinct roles, HEE has acknowledged there is scope for blending clinical responsibilities which can be rewarding for staff.
- Providing broad pathways for careers in the NHS, with structured career opportunities to enable staff to progress both within and between professions.
- Widening participation in NHS jobs, so that people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to contribute and benefit and the NHS workforce of the future more closest reflects the populations it serves.
- Ensuring the NHS and other employers in the system are inclusive modern model employers, with flexible working patterns, career structures and rewards. Part of this involves addressing the changing expectations of all generations who work in the NHS.
- Ensuring that service, financial and workforce planning are intertwined. Alignment across these areas is intended to foster realism alongside creativity in considering what the workforce can contribute to a new or changing service.