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Attracting and developing our workforce

It’s important that we attract people to the healthcare workforce to ensure that we have the right number of people, with the right skills, delivering healthcare at the right time, in the right place.

Our work also covers healthcare staff currently employed to ensure they continuously have the skills, competencies and behaviours to work in the NHS. We are currently working on a number of projects locally and nationally to ensure we attract and develop flexible, competent staff, who hold the NHS values at heart. 

The regulators also have an important part to play in this, as do providers who are ultimately responsible for employing, maintaining and developing their staff and the quality of care they provide.

On a local level this means that here in the Thames Valley we are responsible for the education, training and continuing personal development (CPD) of every member of NHS staff. We contract with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to commission the future workforce and develop the existing workforce through education and workforce transformation. Our annual workforce planning process links into our quantitative and qualitative workforce intelligence. This in turn feeds into our investment and planning process, helping us to deliver our vision, business plan and priorities through our mandate with the Department of Health (DH). We are focused on enhancing the quality of care and services through the delivery of a flexible and skilled workforce. This means the right people, in the right numbers, with the right skills, qualities and values at the right tine.  Almost 90% of our budget - nearly £142m for 2014/15 - is committed to supplying the future workforce. This investment is made into commissioning education and training programmes which will produce highly-skilled healthcare professionals who will deliver patient care for the future.