GE Healthcare Partners led a blended team from Lancashire Care NHS Trust and industry staff to deliver a web-based Workforce Repository and Planning Tool (WRaPT) comprising two elements:
• Workforce Repository; creating a single source of the regional Health and Social Care workforce, allowing HENW to see the current and likely future shape of the workforce.
• Planning Tool; using workforce and activity data from health and social care organisations, including NHS Trusts, Councils and GP surgeries, to
model the effects of changes in care delivery on the workforce and activity levels.
Once created, we engaged with organisations and whole systems, such as “Vanguard” organisations across the region to continue its development and promote the tool. We realised cost reduction and transformation benefits within teams at Lancashire Care, North Cumbria and Morecambe Bay, amongst others.
GEHCP was instrumental in the design and project management of the tool delivery. As well as bringing knowledge of workforce planning software, a key part of our role was the governance across the programme to focus on benefits, manage multiple stakeholders and ensure delivery with a blended team. We believe that this has helped HENW to maximise its value from the programme. Finally, we were able to flex resources and engage third parties much more quickly than would have been possible within the NHS. All of this has resulted in a free, web-based workforce planning system, that is fundamental to HENW's plans for system workforce transformation in response to the significant financial and workforce challenges. Further details can be found at www.wrapt.org.uk
GE Healthcare Partners was also shortlisted for a 2016 HSJ Value in Healthcare Award in the Workforce category for this work.