A new body is being set up to help health and social care managers plan their workforce.

Health minister Ann Keen said the Centre for Workforce Intelligence would make care more people centred, focus resources on the front line and remove bureaucracy.

The plan follows a review into the future of the NHS workforce in 2008, entitled A High Quality Workforce. It highlighted the need for an organisation to provide leadership on the quality of workforce planning across the health and social care system.

The centre aims to:

  • promote best practice in workforce planning in NHS and social care services to make care more efficient and people centred
  • provide research and expert advice to NHS and social care planners, clinicians and commissioners
  • ensure everyone involved in workforce planning contributes to the collection of, and uses, high quality data, analysis and modelling
  • look out for labour market issues that are likely to have an impact on care pathways

Ms Keen said: “Planning and developing the workforce is essential to delivering care of the highest standard.

“As a nurse, I know that having the right numbers of doctors, nurses and social care workers means they can respond to the needs of their community and ensure that patients get high-quality and people-centred care.”