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How can this support me in workforce planning?


Current Workforce  Data

The GM Virtual Workforce Information System (VWIS) will provide you with up to date current workforce data for your locality for: Social care, LCO’s and Primary Care

For more info visit:

GM Workforce Future’s Site

Or contact the team at:

(If you require further workforce data that VWIS doesn’t provide, you can get this information from your organisations local data analyst / information team)

Population data

There is a wealth of information around our local population’s health from long term conditions

to ethnic diversity. This is an important step in workforce planning to ensure we are creating the right roles in the right place for our communities needs now and for the future.

There are many sources you can retrieve this data and different leads within the system and people from communities themselves that can provide you with advice when workforce planning

Office of National Statistics (ONS)

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and Labour Market Reports are usually conducted by your Local Authorities or the GMCA at a GM level. Contact your local council for more information

Population Health data can be found from the GM team at GMHSP and locally sits within the Public Health Teams within the Council

Public Health England (PHE)

Fingertips data

The Community Wellbeing Index

Activity data

To understand the demand in the system, we need to look at the activity performance data for your organisation and how this may change/increase over time. This can help us determine how many and what type of workforce we need to meet the outcomes required for our services.

Tableau is an online tool that the GM uses to look at all locality activity performance data in one place.

You can always contact your local performance team to who can help you retrieve this data and advise on during your workforce planning process

Finance data

Financial data can help you understand what is possible within the financial envelope of your

organisation when workforce planning. E.g. if it is not financially possible to recruit 100 more doctors, then alternative realistic solutions should be included within your plan.

This data will need to be provided from within your internal finance team who should be included as part of your workforce planning process who can advise on what is financially possible.

Supply / Pipeline data

It is important to understand the information around the number of graduates coming out of e.g.

universities for some of the key professions. This will help us to gage the projected pipeline of recruits for what the future workforce could look like.


Management Tools

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