Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to the Call for Evidence to support the development of a long-term strategic framework for health and social care workforce planning. This will review, renew and update the existing 15-year strategic framework for workforce planning, Framework 15. While Framework 15 focused on health only, this update will extend into social care, encompassing regulated professionals in social care for the first time.

Health Education England (HEE) is leading this programme of work in close collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Department of Health and Social Care, Skills for Care and key stakeholders across the social care and health sectors.

This work will look at the key drivers of workforce demand and supply over the longer term and will set out how they may impact upon the required shape of the future workforce, to help identify the main strategic choices.

To develop a shared understanding of the future, we hope to hear from as many stakeholders and partners as possible through this Call for Evidence, including people who need care and support, patients, carers, members of the workforce, as well as students and trainees. As such we are inviting both organisational and individual responses.

Please note that this is the first specific piece of engagement on this work, which will be an ongoing conversation. Insights and analysis from this Call for Evidence will be considered alongside wider evidence and information to ensure as detailed and broad a picture as possible. All of which will be built into further engagement opportunities so the conversation on future workforce can continue. Further opportunities to engage will be listed here as the programme of work develops.

This Call for Evidence closes 23:59, 6 September 2021.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this Call for Evidence, helping to build a workforce with the right skills, knowledge and values, in the right numbers and right place, both now and in the future.