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’ supports workforce planning using the analyse, plan, do, review method.

These resources have been designed to help you to pull together a clear picture of what your organisation looks like now so you can think about and plan for the future by completing some of the key tasks.

Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS)

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 online data collection service that gathers information about the adult social care workforce in England can help you 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. 

Set up your Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set account and find out how to use it.

Recruiting temporary staff

Our 'Recruiting temporary staff checklist' can advise you through this process to ensure you recruit safely and effectively. Our 'Safer recruitment checklist' also offers guidence to ensure roles that involve safeguarding adults or children are recruited into safely.

Other resources to help

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

Learn from others

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