Workforce Planning in Health and Social Care

Part 1 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan was published in June 2017, with Part 2 due to be published this autumn.

The plan begins the Scottish Government's aim of improving workforce planning across health and social care, seeking to support organisations to identify, develop and put in place the workforce they need to deliver safe and sustainable services. 

The government are also considering proposals to enshrine safe and effective staffing levels into legislation, requiring organisations to apply a nationally agreed, evidence based workload and workforce planning framework, embed key principles into planning and decision-making and monitor and report on their actions.

The context 

Workforce planning within health and social care is complex and challenging. Organisations must consider processes of integration, the ongoing shift towards community based care, an ageing population and workforce, rising demand for services for people with complex needs, resource constraints, skills gaps and recruitment challenges.

How can organisations get the right people, into the right place, at the right time to deliver sustainable, safe and high quality health and social care?

The event

Join us on the 22 November 2017 for an up to date briefing on policy for improving workforce planning across health and social care in Scotland. Understand the recommendations being laid out and the next steps towards implementation as well as considering the key challenges facing your organisation. 

Key issues to be addressed 

  • The National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan: Parts 1 & 2 and next steps
  • Key recommendations: governance and workforce planning roles at local, regional and national levels, workforce data, recruiting and retaining staff tackling persistent challenges, clear and consistent guidance, student intakes 
  • Proposals for safe and effective staffing legislation
  • The role for education providers for generating interest in health and social care professions
  • Recognising the interdependence of key workforce sectors - NHS, Local Government, Independent and Third Sectors, IJBs
  • ​Workforce planning methodologies: designing jobs and roles that make sense in an integrated context and make the most of staff skills
  • Regional workforce planning 


09:15   Registration and Refreshments 

10:00  Session 1: Policy and Contextual Overview 

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair 

Jennifer Trueland, Health and Social Care Journalist

10:05   Priorities for the NHS Workforce: Education and Training

  • Increasing the number of training places for medicine, nursing and midwifery
  • A strategic approach to recruitment and retention including youth employment initiatives 
  • Ensuring the NHS has the workforce it needs to address future demand for safe, high quality services 
  • Workforce data: how the NHS workforce fits within wider social care and local authority needs 

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive, NHS Education for Scotland

10:25  Questions 

10:30  Planning for the Social Care Workforce 

  • The role of local government and its partners in delivering social care services 
  • The relationship between a national workforce plan and local workforce planning
  • Social care workforce needs and demands

           Councillor Peter Johnston, Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, COSLA

10:50  Questions and Discussion 

11:15  Networking and Refreshments 

11:40  Session 2: Panel Discussion: Key Challenges and Opportunities for Workforce Planning

  • Tackling fragmentation and delivering more consistency whilst protecting regional and local innovation and diversity 
  • Creating more opportunities for career changes and progression within health and social care workforce
  • Stimulating demand and interest in health and social care professions
  • Projecting workforce needs intelligently: changing workforce demand and supply
  • Challenges for staff retention and recruitment 
  • Aligning workforce policy and planning nationally, regionally and locally 
  • Integrating statistical, demographic and labour market information

Richard Robinson, Audit Manager, NHS Workforce Audit, Audit Scotland

Jan Savage, Executive Director of Campaigns and External Affairs, Enable Scotland 

Phillip Gillespie, Head of Learning and Development, Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Peter Martin, Service Manager Workforce Intelligence and Planning, ISD Scotland

12:50  Networking Lunch 

13:50 Session 3: Recruitment and Retention

A series of case studies will share learning and experience into effective workforce planning for delivering improved services and outcomes for people.

13:50   Education and Partnerships Supporting an Integrated Workforce

  • Description of UWS educational programmes to support integration
  • Case study
  • Lessons learned

            Karen Wilson, Dean of School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland 

14:20  Keynote Closing Address

  • Scottish Government policy priorities for workforce 

Shirley Rogers, Director of Health Workforce and Strategic Change, Scottish Government

14:40  Questions and Discussion

15:15  Close of Event 

*Agenda subject to change


COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

22 November 2017



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