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Workforce planning

With over 1.3 million staff performing over 300 different types of jobs across more than a 1000 different employers, the NHS requires a robust workforce planning process to ensure we have staff in the right numbers, with the right skills and the right values and behaviours to deliver high quality care.

At Health Education England (HEE), part of our core role as an autonomous national body is to provide system wide leadership and oversight of workforce planning, education and training. We will work to ensure that healthcare staff are recruited in the right numbers with the right values and behaviours to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and drive improvement.

You can read more about our national workforce planning, including the Workforce Plan for England, on our national page.



In line with the five year forward we have developed a three year workforce development, education and training strategy to focus on local workforce requirements. This can be found in the related documents below.  We hope that this publication gives a holistic view of our approach to educating and training the current and future workforce.

The strategy is split into three themes:

  • Patient experience at the heart of what we do
  • New ways and places of working
  • Live, train and retain

The strategy addresses how the three themes will be delivered in each area of the workforce. This should make for ease of reference if you are interested in a particular area of the workforce.

This document is a product of discussions with our governing body, partnership council, subgroups and stakeholders.

If you have any queries relating to this strategy please email Enquiries.NE@hee.nhs.uk 

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