There are over 300 different careers in the NHS and we commission education and training programmes for 129 different types of healthcare staff, ranging from paramedics and pathologists, midwives and biomedical scientists to GPs and paediatric nurses, and more.
Each year we identify the numbers, skills, values and behaviours that employers tell us they need for the future. Please view our Workforce Plan for England. Based on the national plan, we then develop local workforce plans.
Our planning and commissioning programmes ensure that the NHS has the right number of staff with the right skills, values and behaviours, in the right areas to provide safe, effective care for patients.
Planning and commissioning
It’s important that we attract people to the healthcare workforce to ensure that we have the right number of people, with the right skills, delivering healthcare at the right time, in the right place.
Our work also covers healthcare staff currently employed to ensure they continuously have the skills, competencies and behaviours to work in the NHS. We are currently working on a number of projects locally and nationally to ensure we attract and develop flexible, competent staff, who hold the NHS values at heart.
The regulators also have an important part to play in this, as do providers who are ultimately responsible for employing, maintaining and developing their staff and the quality of care they provide.
Attracting and developing our workforce
As part of our commitment to the Government’s mandate to HEE, we will develop a more flexible workforce. A workforce that is able to respond to the changing patterns of service and embrace research and innovation - meaning that that staff are able to adapt to the changing demands of public health, services and patients.
Our work focuses on doing more to make sure the benefits of research evidence are communicated, with a focus on innovation to drive up quality and productivity in all parts of the NHS.
Research and innovation