Workforce Planning in Health and Social Care

Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan were published over the course of 2017 and 2018. This event will examine the tools, guidance and strategies for improving workforce planning across health and social care.

Workforce planning within health and social care is complex and challenging

Scottish Government aims to improve 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. 

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.

Join us on 25 June as we scrutinise the recommendations being laid out and the next steps towards implementation. Fundamentally, we will examine how organisations get the right people, into the right place, at the right time to deliver sustainable, safe and high quality health and social care.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan: Parts 1, 2 & 3 and next steps
  • 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 
  • 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 

Who should attend?

This event is essential for anyone involved in workforce planning in health and social care in Scotland, including:

  • Service managers across NHS boards, IJBs and HSCPs
  • Head of people, staff development, staffing, HR, organisational development
  • Policy managers, officers and health specialists
  • Community nursing leads, community health workers
  • Allied health professionals
  • Heads of service for workforce planning, staffing and organisational development


09:00    Registration and Refreshments

09:50    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Jennifer Trueland, Journalist

10:00    Session 1: Examining Parts 1, 2 and 3 - Understanding Integration

  • Scrutinising Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan - what are the next steps?
  • Aligning workforce policy and planning nationally, regionally and locally 
  • Tackling fragmentation and delivering more consistency whilst protecting regional and local innovation and diversity 

10:30 Christopher Wroath, Director of Digital, NHS Education for Scotland 

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Workforce Planning Across Various Settings 

  • Safe staffing in health and social care
  • ​Innovative models of care delivery 
  • Complimenting and adding value to existing services 
  • Integrating across sectors: NHS, social services and primary care - how this can be done well and effectively

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Key Opportunities and Challenges for Workforce Planning - Digital Tools and Resources

  • 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 
  • Integrating statistical, demographic and labour market information 

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

Jennifer Trueland, Journalist

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Our events are CPD Certified. This event is equivalent to 2 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.



Central Edinburgh , venue to be confirmed.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635
25 June 2019


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