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

With the implementation of the European working time directive approaching, now is the perfect time to develop a new workforce plan.

Step six of the Six Steps Methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning, produced by the Skills for Health workforce projects team, focuses on the final implementation of a new workforce plan, plus ways to monitor and refresh it in the future.

Review and adjustment

This stage highlights the importance of ensuring that periodic review and adjustment is performed, allowing successes to be measured and updates and changes made to any areas requiring review.

The healthcare workforce portal features a range of resources to support the methodology, including a sustainability model, NHS workforce scorecard and good indicators guide.

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

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