Workforce planning

The systematic identification, analysis and planning of future workforce needs.
Workforce planning is the systematic identification, analysis and planning of future workforce needs, based on future population needs and health strategy and policy.
Workforce planning is key to achieving the goal of health policy and strategy for service delivery. It helps to ensure that services have the right number of people, with the right skills and attitudes, doing the right work, at the right time, at the right cost, and with the right work output. (World Health Organization, 2010)
The Getting it right – Workforce planning guide: Getting the right people and skills in the future workforce is designed specifically to support DHB and NGO services to undertake and get the most out of their workforce planning activities. It describes a series of seven steps for workforce planning and compiles in one place a range of useful templates, tools and links to relevant resources. The principles and steps used are applicable to individual services or groups of organisations by DHB-locality, regionally and nationally.
In addition to the Workforce planning guide, Te Pou provides other resources, including:
  • Workforce planning templates. MS Word templates for workforce planning (this is a supplement to the planning guide)
  • Informing your planning guide to using data sources and metrics in workforce planning
  • workforce data reports that describe the size, composition, and profile of the mental health and addiction workforce by DHB locality, regionally, nationally and by DHB-size groups
  • other useful information such as population projections.