Transforming care requires a shift in the balance of power to enable people with learning disabilities to live independently in the community wherever this is possible. This will require a workforce with the right skills and competences to support the deliver new services in the community.
For providers of social care this shift to new ways of working may require recruitment and development of a workforce with different skill sets. A guide to workforce planning is available to help plan a workforce for the future.
A range of tools are available to help health service providers with workforce planning - see HEE Workforce Planning Guidance, Six Steps Methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning and the NHS Employers website.
Our regional workforce planners can also provide information on NHS workforce supply and demand in your area, for more information contact your regional learning disabilities workforce lead.
Through our learning disability programme, we aim ensure that the learning disabilities workforce has the education, skills, values, knowledge and behaviours they need to effectively deliver and improve services, both now and in the future. Working with Skills for Health and Skills for Care we’re providing support and guidance to the transforming care partnerships - enabling the development and implementation of sustainable workforce plans to deliver new models of care.
The Capacity Modelling Tool will help Transforming Care Partnerships, commissioners and health and social care providers to estimate additional demand that may be placed on health and social care community services.
Community learning disability team service multiplier
It estimates the additional need across community provision for each inpatient bed that is no longer relied upon. This is support usually provided by Community Learning Disability Teams, Intensive Support Teams and Crisis Intervention Teams. It is based on providing the highest level of community interventions, and as real data becomes available assumptions within the tool can be adjusted.
Social Care Calculator
It is a ready reckoner to estimate the additional workforce need that will be required within a locality based on the average level of care that people requiring care packages will need. The Capacity Modelling Tool is one aspect of workforce planning and should be used in conjunction with intelligence and data obtained from other workforce planning methodologies.
The Transforming Care Partnership Workforce Plan guidance has been produced to assist Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) develop a workforce plan that is aligned to their service model. The guidance offers ideas and suggestions about how to write a plan and make it happen.
The guidance is based on Skills for Health’s six steps model and brings together elements of existing workforce planning tools and models. TCPs can use the methodology that best fits their local requirements - it is not intended that this guidance should be followed rigidly and it is recognised that alternative workforce planning methodologies are available.
This is also available in an accessible format.