The approach to workforce planning in primary care was developed as a pilot. In partnership with two GP clusters and Skills for Health, the pilot aimed to provide a simplified methodology for practices and clusters to use to create their workforce plans and to support the requirements of the cluster integrated medium-term plans.
The approach is based on the six steps methodology, but breaks the process down into a set of four questions:
A number of resources have been developed to support workforce planning at cluster level;
The Workforce Planning Capability Self Assessment is a benchmarking tool that supports individuals/teams to gauge capabilities and identify what can be done to develop skills.