College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Workforce Planning: Introduction to Workforce Planning - Level 4

Why choose this course?

This course is for clinicians, across all healthcare professions, as well as healthcare managers, HR business partners and workforce analysts, seeking an introduction to the approaches of healthcare workforce planning, to enable them to develop more effective health workforce plans.

The course aims to:

  • help you use workforce planning concepts, tools and techniques to support colleagues and your own staff
  • enhance your employability through the development and demonstration of transferable workforce planning skills
  • develop foundation skills of personal development planning and reflection on learning experiences.

You will:

  • understand workforce planning core concepts and processes
  • develop your workforce planning skills
  • manage the key stages/processes of the six step approach to workforce planning
  • critically appraise your own performance in this area,

The course themes include:

  • what is workforce planning: Sets out the aspects and definitions of workforce planning that are reviewed in more detail later in the course
  • understanding the Education pipeline: Sets out the timelines for education commissioning, from the start point of initial planning to the time at which  a healthcare worker completes the training necessary for registration
  • introduction to health data sources: This section considers how quality of data can be assessed, an introduction to a number of data resources and an introduction to simple data manipulation
  • supply: Sets out the factors to be included in a supply model. What approaches could be used to model supply
  • demand: How healthcare demand can be assessed and future forecasts using some of the data sources
  • Patient Pathway: An introduction to a workforce planning which concentrates on the patients requirements rather than the silos of supply and demand for particular healthcare workforce professions
  • Policy Review: This section considers the national and local drivers for healthcare and considers how this may affect workforce plans.
  • interrogating your data: Making sense of your data you already hold
  • presenting a workforce plan: How to convert your ideas into a plan using the 6 step model that others will accept and implement
  • post course project: A self-selected project that enables the learning from the course to be put in place.

To benefit from this course, you will need to be prepared to reflect on work-based situations, take an active part in workshop activities and engage in independent learning.


  • £875 per person 

Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to all clinicians, advisors and managers with an interest in workforce planning.

  • normally you would have two passes at A-Level or equivalent
  • attendance at all workshops is a required element of the programme
  • you should be reasonably confident with using excel
  • this is a work-based learning course and you will need to be sponsored by an organisation. 

You do not need to have any existing workforce planning experience; the only prerequisite is to have a workforce challenge to resolve.

How will I be assessed?

Over the three day course you will be introduced to core concepts, relevant healthcare policy and the tools and techniques of demand and supply forecasting. The course is assessed through a short workbased project which involves designing and developing a workforce plan.

How to apply

Choose your preferred start date and location from the options below and click on the 'Apply online' link. We recommend your application is submitted to the University at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

After your application is accepted and you have been offered a place on the course, you will be sent information about how to enrol. You must complete enrolment before your course starts.

Start date Location Important dates Course leader Application link
12 March 2018 Berkshire Institute for Health, Reading

Study days (9:00am - 5:00pm):

  • 12, 13, 14 March 2018
Deirdre Kelley-Patterson Apply online
16 October 2018 Brentford site

Study days (9:00am - 5:00pm):

  • 16, 17, 18 October 2018 
Deirdre Kelley-Patterson Apply online
12 March 2019 Berkshire Institute for Health, Reading

Study days (9:00am - 5:00pm):

  • 12, 13, 14 March 2019
Deirdre Kelley-Patterson Apply online

What next?

Find out more about professional development courses with the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare.