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Staffing is about how we plan to make sure there are the right number of trained staff, now and in the future.

Health Education England works with a wide range of partners to help plan for the future workforce and ensure there are effective ways to recruit and train healthcare staff and to support them in their job. We have resources to help everyone involved in planning and delivering services. This includes, service commissioners, service providers and family carers who are directly buying services.




Transforming Care Partnership workforce planning guidance

Helps to develop a workforce plan for local service model. It offers ideas and suggestions about how to write the plan and make it happen. Download the Transforming Care Partnership workforce planning guidance report, this is also available in an accessible format.

Capacity modelling tool 

To help determine the number of staff needed in learning disability services. There are two versions of the tool:

Community learning disability services multiplier for staffing needed in Community Learning Disability Teams, Intensive Support Teams and Crisis Intervention Teams.

Social care calculator for staffing within a locality based on the level of care that people requiring care packages will need.

Generic staff roles

Generic role templates – to design new and different roles in learning disability community teams and services. They contain the core skills needed; the relevant competences can be chosen based on the type of role that is being designed. Visit the Learning Disability useful resources page.

An accompanying user guide provides further information

Transition support roles

Transition role templates – to design new roles working with young people in transition from children’s services to adult services.

Transition pathway competency framework

Safe staffing

NHS Improvement guidance on safe staffing in learning disability and autism services 

Finding and keeping good staff to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism 

Shows individual and organisational factors effecting recruitment and retention of staff. There are two resources:

Recruiting and Retaining Staff to Support People with Learning Disabilities, Autism or both – a detailed guidance, including example’s of best practice

Finding and Keeping Staff to Support People with Learning Disabilities, Autism, or both – a digital booklet about different ways to find and keep good staff.

Values-based recruitment

Values based recruitment is about attracting and recruiting trainees and staff whose values and behaviours support the values of the NHS Constitution, alongside assessment of their aptitude and skills. Also visit Health Careers.

Flexible routes to recruitment

Health Education England is supporting new and more flexible routes to become part of the healthcare workforce, including apprenticeships, associates or assistant practitioners, part-time training and flexible working roles.

Children and young people’s workforce

The Children and Young People Transforming Care Workforce Report and Recommendations – to understand what staff need to know to support children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both. The report includes:

- A skills matrix setting out the range and level of skills required in services, and including case studies showing how it can be used.

- Recommendations for next steps in developing the workforce for children and young people with learning disability and/or autism.

For more information about working with people with learning disabilities or autism or both, please go to www.healthcareers.nhs.uk.