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CSP to develop online tools about workforce planning and safe and effective staffing levels

1 October 2014 - 3:47pm

The CSP has launched two projects that aim to provide members with valuable information about safe staffing levels and workforce planning.

The projects have a UK-wide remit and both will lead to the development of online tools and supporting guidance for members.

The first, on safe and effective staffing levels, will develop an evidence-based approach to help determine safe and effective staffing levels for individual workplace settings. The work is being funded by the CSP Charitable Trust and is scheduled to finish by April 2015.

CSP professional adviser Rebekah Middleton, who is leading the project, told Frontline: ‘Achieving staffing levels which uphold high quality compassionate care is a strong priority. But, against a background of increasingly constrained resources, it is a complex issue.

‘The project results will help physiotherapists in any setting or service to set their staffing levels according to current staffing, environment and patient factors in play locally.’

The second project will develop a workforce planning model for physiotherapy in the UK, and is due to be completed by July 2015. It will map the number of physiotherapy staff against data on current and projected population, patient, commissioning and service needs.

The project will produce a practical web-based resource for members. This will aim to help them influence decision-making on workforce planning.

The society has awarded a contract to Oxfordshire-based Allied Health Solutions to deliver both projects. Their directors, Professor Mary Lovegrove and June Davis, have extensive experience working with allied health professionals, including the British Dietetic Association. The company will work in partnership with research consultancy Strategic Modelling, Analysis and Planning (SMAP).

Ms Middleton said members’ input will be essential to both projects. Members interested in being involved can email the workforce planning model project team at or the safe and effective staffing levels project team at

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