This year has seen some major steps forward in our workforce planning for health and social care with the publication of the first South East London ICS People Strategy in the Spring, followed by the launch of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan in June. A key objective for the ICS People Programme since then has been to ensure our plans align effectively to the national strategy – identifying any gaps and what we need to do to address these in the short and longer term. Although at the current time, national funding to support delivery of Long Term Workforce Plan is yet to be confirmed.
We were pleased to note that the five interlinked strategic priorities we set out in our plan aligned well with the three priority actions identified in the national plan, which are to:
Our review showed certain gaps however and so, to address these we have added the following actions to our short-term Delivery Plan for 2023/24 (priorities 1 to 3 below) or scheduled them as longer-term actions (priorities 4 to 5 below).
Actions for 2023/24 will be to:
In the medium term we will:
We look forward to working together with our partners to deliver these priorities and will be sharing more information about our progress in the coming months. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact the People Programme Team by emailing SELICSWorkforce@gstt.nhs.uk.