The King's Fund

Workforce planning in the NHS

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Authors: Rachael Addicott David Maguire Matthew Honeyman Joni Jabbal
  • Publication date: 29 April 2015
The NHS workforce is the primary driver of future health costs. Given the substantial changes in population demographics and health care needs, the workforce needs to be fit for purpose. That means responding to immediate needs and financial pressures while adapting to deliver the future care models outlined in the NHS five year forward view. Getting the right balance requires a robust understanding of the nature of workforce pressures locally and nationally and what can be done to address them in the short and the long term.