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Primary Care Trusts: Population

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts on the use of workforce modelling as a means of reviewing and improving their approach to population models. (242725)

The Department has not issued any guidance to primary care trusts on the use of work force modelling as a means of reviewing and improving their approach to population models.

Local organisations are responsible for work force planning in the national health service, as they are best placed to assess what is required to deliver the health care services that their local population require.

Through the NHS Next Stage Review, the Department has committed to establishing professional advisory boards and a Centre of Excellence to strengthen work force planning and strategy across the NHS. The professional advisory boards will provide advice and guidance to strengthen clinical input to work force planning at regional and national level. The Centre of Excellence will provide high quality intelligence and develop models and resources to support work force planning at all levels.