Workforce Planning Processes

1.1 Learning Outcomes
By successfully completing this module, students will be able to:
Describe the key steps in the workforce planning process;
Undertake the appraisal of prospective workforce needs;
Understand how to determine current and future workforce supply;
Evaluate the adequacy of the current workforce;
Measure the gap between projected supply and demand and able to consider options to achieve a balance; and
Generate a thorough workforce plan for an organisation/facility including data requirements.

1.2 Content
The content of this module will cover the following:
Topic 11: Describing major steps in the workforce planning process;
Topic 12: Identifying key challenges including inadequate data, supply and skills sets;
Topic 13: Determining workforce need and how it is measured;
Topic 14: Demand: Assessing workforce requirements for the future, including links with organisational service planning and work redesign;
Topic 15: Supply: Determining current and future supply;
Topic 16: Determining adequacy of the current workforce;
Topic 17: Assessing the gap between projected supply and demand;
Topic 18: Exploring strategies for achieving a balance between projected supply and demand

1.3 Readings
Reading 4.1a: NHS (2014).Strategic Workforce Planning Tool. NHS foundation trusts: documents and guidance. Note: Author also cited as Monitor.
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Reading 4.1b: Mercer College(2009). Workforce Planning– Facilitator’s Guide.Department of Premier and Cabinet, New South Wales Government.
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Reading 4.1c: Department of Local Government (2012) Workforce Planning. The Essentials. A toolkit for Western Australian local governments.Government of Western Australia.(p. 21-39)
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Reading 4.2a:Centre for Workforce Intelligence (2015).Elicitation methods: Applying elicitation methods to robust workforce planning.CFWI technical paper series no. 0011.
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Reading 4.2b:Imison, C., Buchan, J., Xavier, S. (2009). NHS Workforce Planning. The King’s Fund, London.
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Reading 4.3a: Health Workforce Australia (2012a).Health Workforce 2025 – Doctors, Nurses and Midwives – Volume 1.
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Reading 4.3b: Health Workforce Australia (2012b).Health Workforce 2025 – Doctors, Nurses and Midwives – Volume 2.
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Reading 4.3c: Health Workforce Australia (2012c).Health Workforce 2025 – Medical Specialties – Volume 3.
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Reading 4.4:Ono, T., G. Lafortune and M. Schoenstein (2013).Health Workforce Planning in OECD Countries: A Review of 26 Projection Models from 18 Countries.OECD Health Working Papers, No. 62. OECD Publishing.
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