Are you considering your healthcare workforce plans? The Six Steps Methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning can help.

Workforce planners have another major tool to help them deliver redesigned services and achieve European working time directive compliance - the Six Steps Methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning.

Step five of the methodology, produced by the Skills for Health workforce projects team, determines the most effective way of ensuring availability of staff to deliver redesigned services, even if this means more changes to your workforce plan.

Managing change

Step five requires users to establish the key changes needed to the current workforce, plan their priorities and work out the most significant areas for change. They must also confirm how they will manage any potential change and build momentum and enthusiasm among staff.

The workforce projects team has developed a series of resources and tools to help managers with step five. These include the change readiness tool, maximising staff engagement briefing paper and working time directive scenario solutions.

The methodology is constantly improving, with a brand new e-learning programme planned for 2009. Keep an eye on the healthcare workforce portal in the new year for updates.

More details are available at www.healthcareworkforce.nhs.uk