HEE Workforce Plan for England 2016
Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to help improve the quality of care by ensuring our workforce has the right numbers skills, values, and behaviours to meet the needs of patients. HEE’s main way of achieving this goal has been the planning and development of the future workforce supply, through the investment of our dedicated £5bn budget on high quality education and training. HEE has previously identified a range of workforce issues beyond the provision of future supply that require the collective, collaborative, and co-ordinated action of other partners across the NHS to solve. HEE has established the Workforce Advisory Board (WAB) to act as a vehicle through which such collective action can be assured. This approach is consistent with the wider collaborative working across the NHS Arms-Length Bodies (ALBs) that has now become the norm as we move to implement the vision for the future NHS outlined by Five Year Forward View (FYFV). The WAB is able to escalate issues to the FYFV Board if ALB Chief Executive level sponsorship or agreement is required.
This, our third Workforce Plan for England, starts to address the full range of workforce issues facing the Health and Care system regardless of HEE’s own specific responsibilities. Indoing so it aims to address the important issues raised in both the National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee reports on ‘Managing the supply of NHS clinical staff in England, and will also reflect on the observations made in the Health Foundation’s recent report on workforce policy in the English NHS. In addition to future workforce supply this report therefore considers current workforce shortages and how they may be addressed and also builds on the opportunities presented by the Shared Delivery Plan and the new Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) to outline the critical service and workforce transformation agenda.
Each of these three areas is critical to the overall delivery of health and care through prevention activities and sustainable high quality services. However we also need to ensure that our actions future proof the health and care system, and to that end HEE continues to promote use of our ‘Framework 15’ strategic framework , to ensure the needs of future patients are at the heart of our and our partners’ plans.