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CSP response to Department of Health consultation: Developing the Healthcare Workforce


Please use the download below to read the full CSP response to 'Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce'.

Key points from the CSP response are given immediately below:

  • We would like to see the proposals developed to recognise that creating a co-ordinated, sustainable approach to workforce planning has to take account of professional development needs of existing staff (including qualified practitioners and support workers). It is not sufficient that support for CPD is simply left to employers.
  • Higher Education Institutions should have an expanded role in providing high-quality CPD and post-registration education opportunities, in line with identified patient, service and workforce needs.
  • The security of advanced practice roles, and succession planning, is of paramount importance to ensure clinical leadership.
  • We support the role of the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) in providing leadership and expert advice on workforce planning.
  • We are concerned that the loss of regional level (SHA) oversight of workforce planning will result in a fragmented approach to workforce planning that will lead to a 'boom and bust' in staffing provision.
  • We believe it is vital that alternative providers of healthcare services take their fair share of responsibility for student placements, the funding of both pre-registration education and CPD, including the provision of rotation posts for newly qualified staff.
  • We welcome the creation of Health Education England (HEE) to provide sector-wide leadership and oversight of workforce planning, education and training, but it is unclear how this will inform workforce decisions at the local level and to ensure that the commissioning of training places will fit with projections of national need.
  • There is little detail in the consultation about the impact of the Browne Review and how Higher Education Institutions can be engaged in new arrangements for workforce planning, when they are themselves are in a state of flux.
  • We believe that the Government’s plan to expanding the 'any willing provider' approach for NHS funded services will undermine the intention to increase cooperation between NHS and non-NHS providers in workforce planning and education provision.
  • We believe that the public health workforce must be included in NHS workforce planning and development structures and there should be reciprocal links and representation between Health Education England and Public Health England.
  • We do not feel that adequate consideration has been given to how healthcare providers can be deterred from diverting funding away from training when they are urgently looking at ways to save money.
  • Physiotherapy is an enabling profession, which can offer solutions to current healthcare challenges. It is both clinically and cost effective and can maximise productivity in a rapidly changing health and well-being economy, while providing high quality care and delivering the outcomes that patients value.


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