The three Workforce Plans focus on Medical and Dental workforce issues and will form part of an overarching plan which will include other elements of the Acute workforce including Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals and all other NHS staff groups. Significant work has already been undertaken in Nursing and Midwifery in identifying the workforce challenges with further work for AHP staff and non-clinical roles underway. All workforce plans will form part of a comprehensive Board Workforce Plan and link to National workforce plans.
The Acute Services Medical Workforce Plan describes the current medical workforce challenges facing the Acute Division in delivering clinical services in 2017/2018. The plan takes into consideration key Acute Strategy documents including the Acute Division Delivery Plan and Strategy for Acute Services.
The Mental Health Services Medical Workforce Plan provides a summary of the workforce data across Mental Health services within Partnerships. The document references the Royal College of Psychiatrists recommendations for a standard workforce model, which has been developed and applied for Medical Staffing, and this work is the first step in being able to develop such a model within NHSGGC. NB - a link will be added to access the plan on publication (Autumn 2017)
The Oral Health (Dentist) Workforce Plan focuses on the need to support our current workforce to meet future service needs. The workforce plan contains a series of actions designed to initiate the changes required to create a workforce with the capacity and capabilities required to meet future needs. The workforce plan focuses on Dentists working within Acute Secondary Care Dental Services and the Public Dental Service (PDS) i.e. direct employees of the Board. NB - a link will be added to access the plan on publication (Autumn 2017)
While each of the plans reflects the specific needs of the service area they cover some of the common themes include
• Medical staff recruitment and retention;
• Creating a stable medical workforce by reducing medical locum usage;
• Developing the current and future medical workforce ensuring access to clinical skills, training and leadership development for clinical leaders;
• Improving medical workforce productivity through application of the ALLOCATE job planning tool and review of EPAs across the Acute Division;
• The ageing medical workforce and the impact of this changing demographic for the future medical workforce;
• Shared Services and how this will impact on the future Medical Workforce.