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At its simplest, workforce planning is about understanding the future strategic direction of the organisation and therefore the demand for different types of skills and seeking to match this with supply. Effective workforce planning is an important tool to help councils maximise their resources and build current and future capacity in a structured and planned way in order to meet outcomes.
Workforce planning has a significant role in delivering improved services including supporting councils and their partners in the transformational change required by public service reform, health and social care integration and the move to more locality and place-based interventions. It assists strategic resource planning by corporate management teams and helps them achieve strategic priorities such as efficiency gains and tackling equalities. It can help:
Crucially, to be fully effective, workforce planning needs to include longer term thinking about future corporate and service provision; councils and their partners need to put strategies in place to link service, financial and change management priorities alongside people plans.
To find out about the Improvement Service's services to support councils and CPPs with workforce planning, click on the tabs on the left. Workforce planning is a strand in the wider “Outcomes Resourcing” support offered by the IS.
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