A strategic approach to workforce supply

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Workforce supply is about more than just recruitment. An effective workforce strategy is one which considers the whole workforce and the whole employment journey. 

It takes a long term approach to recruiting and retaining to get the right people with the right values and skills. An effective strategy aims to constantly improve staff experience and effectiveness, enabling them to provide the best patient care possible.


Workforce supply cuts across a number of existing NHS Employers workstreams. You may find the following areas of our website particularly useful:

Workforce planning 

Building a diverse workforce 
Essential advice, guidance and practical support to put equality and diversity at the heart of your workforce strategy.
Reducing agency spend
Resources to help you manage your temporary staffing issues, including how to guides and information on using e-rostering.


Values based recruitment
A range of information and resources on values-based recruitment, including toolkits and case studies, to help you recruit staff with values that fit with your organisation.

International recruitment
Need to know info about international recruitment, including the immigration points-based system, the shortage occupation list and the WHO code of practice.

Talent for Care and Widening Participation 
Discover how two strategic frameworks – Talent for Care and Widening participation: it matters – can support you to attract people from a diverse range of backgrounds and help you to recruit, retain and develop your healthcare support workforce.

Apprenticeship and traineeships
Discover the benefits of using apprenticeships and traineeships to improve productivity and performance, and ultimately benefit patients.

Retention and improvement

Education and training
Discover the key bodies responsible for training and educating in the NHS, and read about key developments including e-learning and the Shape of Caring report.

Managing your workforce
Tools and resources to help you manage and support your team. 

Staff engagement
Information, tools and resources to help NHS managers and organisations develop and improve staff engagement locally within their organisation. 
Health and wellbeing
Our health and wellbeing section contains advice on health and safety, stress, sickness absence, and a useful resource library.

 Pay and reward

Total Reward in the NHS
Access our Total Reward toolkit, a set of resources to help you think about the attractions of working for an NHS organisation in a holistic manner.


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