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Workforce Planning

Workforce planning tools to help you to understand your current workforce and future need in order to implement transformed care for people with learning disabilities in your partnership

Transforming care requires a shift in the balance of power to enable people with learning disabilities to live independently in the community wherever this is possible. This will require a workforce with the right skills and competences to support the deliver new services in the community.


For commissioners this may mean developing existing markets or exploring new markets in order to support people to live in their own home within a community setting. Resources are available to help commissioners with stimulating new marketsworkforce shaping and workforce commissioning.

Social care providers

For providers of social care this shift to new ways of working may require recruitmemnt and development of a workforce with different skill sets. A guide to workforce planning is available to help plan a workforce for the future.

Health providers 

A range of tools are available to help health service providers with workforce planning - see HEE Workforce Planning GuidanceSix Steps methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning and the NHS Employers website

Our regional workforce planners can also provide information on NHS workforce supply and demand in your area, for more information contact your regional learning disabilities workforce lead.

Through our learning disability programme, we aim ensure that the learning disabilities workforce has the education, skills, values, knowledge and behaviours they need to effectively deliver and improve services, both now and in the future.  Working with Skills for Health and Skills for Care we’re providing support and guidance to the transforming care partnerships - enabling the development and implementation of sustainable workforce plans to deliver new models of care.

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