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Our work

Our work covers a range of professions, programmes and activity, from planning and commissioning, to recruiting and developing healthcare staff in a range of healthcare and community settings.

As the organisation responsible for the education and training of the healthcare workforce, our contribution to embedding research and innovation within the NHS is also crucial.

Planning and commissioning

Here at 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 are also responsible for commissioning under and postgraduate education, to ensure that we have a workforce in the right numbers, with the right skills, values and behaviours to respond to the current and future needs of patients.

Planning and commissioning

Attracting and recruiting

We are responsible for ensuring that we recruit the right workforce not only with the right skills and in the right numbers, but with the right values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care and experience. We have a number of programmes, across a number of professions in order to ensure we deliver a better health and healthcare workforce for England.

Attracting and recruiting

Developing our workforce

We’re responsible for not only attracting the right people to the NHS, but also for developing people already working within healthcare, to make sure they have the education and training, and the flexibility, to deliver high quality care to patients now and in the future. We have a number of areas of work, focussing on a number of professions, that is developing our workforce.

Developing our workforce

Person-centred Care

Developing a workforce and community with behaviours, skills and competencies that support and drive person-centred approaches to wellbeing, prevention, care and support.

Person-centred Care

Research, learning and innovation

As the organisation responsible for the education and training of the healthcare workforce, our contribution to embedding research and innovation within the NHS is crucial. Read more about our research and innovation strategy below, as well as our NHS Library Knowledge Service.

Research, learning and innovation