Workforce planning

Investing in workforce planning is essential in ensuring that you effectively recruit and retain a workforce who have the right values. 

Our 'Practical approaches to workforce planning guide' will take you through the practical steps using the ‘analyse - plan - do - review’ approach.

An accompanying workbook provides recognised business tools and templates, hints and tips.

Visit the operational workforce planning section of our website for resources to support you through the process of developing your own workforce plan.

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (previously National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) provides access to a range of high-quality data and reports which can inform your workforce planning.

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set is an online data collection service that gathers information about the adult social care workforce in England.

It helps to identify:

  • local labour market information
  • future demand for care services in your area
  • trends or patterns in worker information such as sickness rates
  • how your turnover and vacancy rates compare with other providers locally, regionally and nationally. 

If you haven’t already, set up your Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set account and find out how to use it.

Learn from others

Manor Community (Accolades 2019 winner and CQC rated ‘outstanding’ provider) share what they do to plan their workforce.

Other resources to help

NHS Employers have information on the potential impact of Brexit and the health and social care workforce.