The workforce data model

The workforce data model helps you to project supply and demand for the physiotherapy workforce until 2030. The model has recently been updated and now uses more recent data available (2015-16).


Video – introducing the workforce data model

Andy Lord introduces the workforce data model, along with some of the issues facing physiotherapy services in the UK.

The workforce data model supports planning by helping you to do the following:

  • Compare supply and demand based on the latest data
  • Predict whether there is likely to be a workforce shortage or surplus
  • Apply different scenarios to further refine your work

Use the workforce data model

If current trends continue, demand for physiotherapists will outpace supply by 500 each year. You can use the workforce data model to strengthen your input into local planning processes.

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If you're not directly involved in workforce planning you can highlight the current situation and support workforce planning based on patient need.


Why do we need the workforce data model?

To date, much workforce planning has been based on what the demands of current services are, rather than considering what services of the future will need in order to meet changing patient needs.

The workforce data model is supported by detailed guidance, and aims to achieve the following broad goals:

  • To provide a strategic means of workforce planning based on patient need
  • To encourage innovative ways of meeting the increasing demand for physiotherapy
  • To influence physiotherapy education commissioning

Further information and instructions can be found in the workforce data model guidance as well as the  feature Model answers: Frontline magazine's workforce data Q&A.

The workforce data model tool is provided for illustrative purposes only. It has been published with the intention that it will be useful, but without warranty, implied or explicit, of fitness for purpose.

The tool, the information contained within it, and the results generated by it, are accessed and used at your own risk.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is not responsible or liable (directly or indirectly) for any damages whatsoever resulting from the tool’s use (or misuse).