Posted by: Witch Doctor | December 22, 2007

Clare Chapman and workforce planning

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WORKFORCE PLANNING AT TESCO’S MUST HAVE BEEN EASIER THAN THIS TOO!

Clare Chapman on the subject of workforce planning had this to say:

“All the evidence from across the world would suggest if you want to try and get workforce planning better then you have to try and bring supply and demand as close together as possible. That is also a very good way of giving out much better demand signals for higher education so that we are truly demand led rather than supplier driven.”

“If we are going to improve workforce planning in a much more devolved health system we actually have to change not just the structure of it but the methodologies that are used. And so part of the NHS next stage review that Lord Darzi is leading, one of the enablers that is a critical piece that is being commissioned is what do we need to do to actually change the methodology………….there are a number of things that influence workforce planning like the shape of the service that he wants to have delivered, the demographics, feminisation issues. As Mr Greenfield pointed out there needs to be a better methodology for doing that.”

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AN IMPORTANT COMMODITY

Almost since Day 1 of this blog, The Witch Doctor has been bleating on about the effects of demographic change and feminisation of the workforce. These two factors alone make workforce planning difficult to predict. However these factors are secondary to this:

” The shape of the service that he (Lord Darzi, and presumably the government) wants to have delivered.”

It is not possible to plan anything, unless the shape of the service is clearly defined.

Yes. You can even connive to shape the service.

Take turnips.

If you are suppling turnips to Tesco Shoppers, then by all means note the demand, connive to enhance the demand by carving lots of fetching turnip lanterns, by having loads of tasty turnip recipe books at the checkout, and then employ enough staff to grow the turnips, dig them up, transport them to the supermarket, and arrange them meaningfully on the shelves so that everyone who passes the turnip counter feels an overwhelming need to buy a turnip.

The Witch Doctor would love to take on the job of convincing the public that everyone needs to eat a turnip every day and then having done that, balance the workforce so that supply of turnips = demand for turnips.

Turnips are easy.

You could even predict when everyone would get scunnered with turnips and the demand would fall. Then you could move on to pomegranates.

Turnips and healthcare are different.

You know that, Clare Chapman.

You know that, Lord Darzi.

You know that, Alan Johnson.

You know that, Gordon Brown.

Unless healthcare becomes a commodity.

Like turnips.

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