From our Chair and Chief Executive
National pride in the NHS has grown further over the last two years. Staff worked under tremendous strain every day, with COVID-19 cutting a swathe through the workforce even as they cared for others. This has been the toughest period since the NHS was created, exacerbated by shortages in key workforce areas.
The NHS needs to recover from the pandemic, deal with a huge backlog of care, and prepare for longer term challenges such as rising numbers of people with more than one condition, an ageing population, and mainstreaming new technology.
That is why HEE has been commissioned to produce a new strategic planning framework to identify the drivers for workforce planning in 2037, including social care for the first time, and why we are building a new organisation with NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHS Digital to align workforce, service, finance, and technology.
This Business Plan recognises the need for continued and consistent delivery as we transition to the new organisation over the coming year. It focuses on workforce transformation, skill mix, and growth; education and training reform; widening workforce participation and diversity; and our role in the global health workforce marketplace.
The plan places people at the centre of our work because healthcare is about people; the people who require it and the people who deliver it which is why we need more and different trained and educated staff to deliver for patients and citizens.
We outline how we will use the public money we receive to expand education and training in professions where shortages are most acute. It recognises the need to look after people who already work for the NHS through staff wellbeing, tackling health inequalities, developing multi-disciplinary teams, expanding advanced practice and using quality improvement to drive up quality, safety and productivity.
This Business Plan outlines what we will do to support NHS workforce needs now, over the next year, and into the future.
Chair - Sir David Behan CBE
Chief Executive - Dr Navina Evans CBE