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NHS North west CHESHIRE AND MERSEYSIDE WORKFORCE UPDATE. liz.thomas@northwest.nhs.uk. WORKFORCE STRATEGY. Mike Burgess Mike.burgess@northwest.nhs.uk. LETB update. 1 LETB in the North West with 3 local workforce and education groups as per current geography

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Nhs north west cheshire and merseyside workforce update



Workforce strategy


Mike Burgess


Letb update
LETB update

  • 1 LETB in the North West with 3 local workforce and education groups as per current geography

  • Largest in NHS England, strong ability to influence on the national stage

  • LETB will need to go through authorisation

  • Focus on progressing the MPET Investment plan, 5 year workforce development plan, and authorisation criteria

  • Recruitment of the LETB Managing Director

  • Workforce and Education staff / Deaneries transferring to Health Education England to support the LETB

  • HEE website http://healtheducationengland.dh.gov.uk/

  • LETB information on eWIN https://northwest.ewin.nhs.uk/

Nhs north west cheshire and merseyside workforce update

Workforce Plans 2012/13 – 2017/18

  • Current refresh of workforce plans out in the system with deadline of 21st September 2012

  • The refresh covers update to multi-faceted narrative across 8 domains and a workforce risks / issues and mitigating actions paper

  • The coverage is inclusive of all NHS workforce and includes primary and community care, public health and other sectors where information is available.

  • Utilisation of the three workforce planning and modernisation networks across Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Lancashire and Cheshire and Merseyside

Nhs north west cheshire and merseyside workforce update

Workforce Assurance and Patient Safety

The national drive by the Department of Health and workforce leaders group (WLG) for workforce assurance

  • Plans need to be signed off CE, Director of Nursing and Medical Director

  • Workforce and patient safety links report included with packs issued to providers and commissioners

  • Workforce assurance matrix available to download from eWIN

  • Plans to be tested against a single assurance process integrating finance, activity, patient safety, clinical safety and performance metrics

  • The eWIN system allows providers to benchmark their workforce against other providers along QIPP indicators, priority areas and use knowledge management and best practice to implement changes.

  • Purchasing the National Workforce Assurance Tool for Providers

  • Plans / training / implementation been drawn together

  • Officially launched via HRDs and LETB in next quarter (Sept – December 2012)


    Workforce Demand spreadsheet

    Workforce Risks / Issues / Actions report

    (Optional) Workforce Narrative refresh

    Close of Play Friday 21st September 2012

The workforce assurance framework
The WORKFORCE assurance framework

  • The Workforce Assurance Framework is a method for achieving system assurance that the planned and available workforce can deliver safe and quality services.

  • Identify current workforce issues and is an early warning system when reviewing projected workforce changes

  • Reflects the key lines of enquiry agreed by the DH Operations Board1

1 – Key lines of enquiry referenced in DH KLOE on Safety and Quality Assurance of Workforce Changes

The need for a robust system to support workforce assurance
The need for a robust system to support workforce assurance

Expertise from 10 SHAs and the Department of Health have been drawn upon to support system design and to address the current limitations associated with attempting workforce assurance using static data and manual processes. The key challenges identified by this group in relation to workforce assurance and the related desired benefits of the system are detailed below:

Current Challenges

Solutions from the tool

  • Much of the data collected is currently retrospective and not forward looking

  • The tool will use trend data to project how the picture might change over time which can then be compared to actual performance

  • Process, dashboards and metrics collected are different in different regions

  • Good practice adopted consistently across Trusts and regions with a collation of all existing metrics

  • Individual indicators are often looked at in silos

  • Enables consideration of the importance of interrelationship between indicators and triangulation of workforce, activity and finance

  • Current processes are not supported by robust statistical analysis

  • Assurance processes underpinned by detailed information base and statistical analysis including detailed literature review

  • Current processes are labour intensive as mainly manual processes

  • Automation reduced manual data manipulation and handling burden

  • Currently workforce plans go backwards and forwards between Trusts and Assurers, increasing timescales / tensions

  • Greater visibility of assurance expectations between Trusts and Assurers – a shared tool that can be also be used by individual Providers

How we are approaching assurance
How we are approaching assurance

Our different approach creates a different conversation about assurance:

  • What is different?

  • A systematic approach enabling rigorous, structured evaluation

  • A statistically robust underpinning for assurance analysis

  • Analysis of correlation and relationships between triggers

  • Thresholds for triggering

  • Escalation routines to enable consideration of escalation in structured

  • This enables you to

  • Create and drive top table discussions

  • Changes the nature of assurance engagement with Trust Boards and Management Teams

  • Call on robust evidence and analysis as support for key decision making

  • Take a more integrated approach to assurance activities

  • Justify decisions

Underlying principles of the tool
Underlying principles of the tool

Fundamental Tenets

Effective workforce assurance is a critical component of helping ensure the ongoing efficient and effective delivery of services across the NHS system.

Organisations should be supported to be rigorous in their self assurance processes, to improve outcomes and reduce the need for external assurance.

By using data appropriately, users can be supported to make better assurance decisions. This is a decision support tool, not a decision making tool.

Consistent high levels of assurance across regions.

Considers a cross section of demand, activity, quality, finance and service information rather than considering workforce alone.

Balances forward looking assessments with previous performance: i.e. Historic dashboards are a useful input but do not tell the whole story.

To minimise effort, Nationally available data will be used wherever possible to reduce the administrative burden.

Differences in data quality and availability need to be allowed for and highlighted within the system.

Throughout the life of the tool, the system will be actively managed so that as new national datasets become available each period they are uploaded into the tool.


Assurance in Practice

Data usage

What is the tool intended for
What is the Tool intended for?

The Tool IS intended to provide:

  • The workforce element that will link with wider system level assurance

  • Triangulation between workforce, activity and finance data

  • A national platform to workforce assurance that can be adapted as appropriate for each SHA

  • Best practice approach that is built on existing published literature

  • An approach that recognises that assurance criteria will change and be refined over time

The Tool IS NOT intended to be:

  • A tool to publish information

  • A performance management tool

  • A data collection tool; existing data is used

  • A directorate, divisional and professional assurance tool as other resources are available for this

Nhs north west cheshire and merseyside workforce update

The Workforce Assurance Portal

The key components that people use within the portal are illustrated in the table below:

Workforce Assurance Portal

My Qualitative


My Plans

My Assurance Logs

My Flags

My Threads

My Notes

My Actions

My Analysis

My Resources




Supporting Materials


Data Sources




Workforce Dictionary

Nhs north west cheshire and merseyside workforce update

Indicators, Metrics and Thresholds

Example: Indicators, Metrics and Thresholds

  • Indicator

  • The base level of data used to make metrics

  • This data comes from various source data sets

  • Metric

  • Metrics display information about an aspect related to workforce

  • Metrics can also be direct (taken directly from one indicator) or compound (calculated by combining more than one indicator)

  • Threshold

  • The threshold is the level at which metrics turn green, amber or red, indicating the risk associated with each metric

  • The threshold is different for each metric and based on the value needed for them to be considered high risk, and turn red, or low risk, and turn green

  • The threshold can take the form of a scale or range

An indicator could be the number of midwives, or the number of births. The data from these indicators is used to create different metrics.

Metric e.g. Midwife: birth ratio

Target Value

Intervals from Target Value

The metric will be assigned a risk level depending on the threshold. Some thresholds are scales where one extreme is good and the other is bad. Other thresholds are ranges where there is an ideal level and anything either side increases risk. In our example a threshold would be a scale, and less than e.g. 3 midwives per birth is ‘high risk’.

Intervals from Target Value

Intervals from Target Value

Nhs north west cheshire and merseyside workforce update

The Assurance Map

There are 4 assurance groups, 3 are based on data and are shown below, the 4th is based on qualitative data. Each of the 3 groups below contains trigger groups, triggers, and below each of these are the metrics.

Health visitors update

Health Visitors update


Monday 17th September 2012

North west performance 2011 12

The North West target for Mar-13 health visitors is 1489.0 FTE (1463.0 is the absolute minimum required)

The Jul-12 ESR downloads show the current North West performance.

Preceptorship reporting

  • Trust will be paid a preceptorship fee for all newly employed Health Visitors who are new to the profession and joined the trust from September 2012.

  • Payments will be quarterly and based on numbers collected directly from trusts on a quarterly basis. The collection will form a ’bolt-on’ to the health visitor manual collection

  • Numbers for September (Q2) will be collected in October and payments will be made to trust in December (Q3)

Health visitor working group

  • Inaugural meeting on the 25th September at Piccadilly Place

  • Group will look at improving Health Visitor workforce information and sharing of Health Visitor strategies and modelling tools

  • Target audience: Workforce Analysts, HR Managers, HV Service Leads

  • To register or for more information:

  • https://northwest.ewin.nhs.uk/knowledge/resource/650/Health-Visiting-Working-Group-Call-for-participants

School nursing workforce audit

  • Manual collection coordinated by Macaila Finch (SHA)

  • Deadline for completion was 24th August (snapshot as at 1st August 2012)

  • Work is underway to complete an analysis of the current school nursing service in the North West.

Saba razaq senior workforce analyst saba razaq@northwest nhs uk 0161 625 7774

Saba Razaq

Senior Workforce Analyst


0161 625 7774

Data quality update august 2012 data

data quality update: AUGUST 2012 DATA


Data quality update

  • Acute and mental health trust in England data quality results published in Health and Social Care Information Centre report:

    • Available on HSCIC here or eWIN

  • Woven report ex-employees validation limited to leavers since 1st July 2012

  • Woven report GMC/GDC registration validation been corrected. Scores might have changed but are now correct

  • Emphasis on putting in place strong data collection & validation processes remains

  • Would a data quality summary page in eWIN be useful?

Data quality update north west score
Data Quality update – north west score

  • NW retained first place Dec ‘11 to Aug’12

  • Error count increased by 3,060 (24.0%) errors Jul-Aug

  • Error count reduced by 28,462 (64.3%) errors Sep11-Aug12

Data quality update high impact priority areas
Data Quality update – HIGH IMPACT priority areas

  • Destination on Leaving is blank – no longer a high impact error

  • New % baselines established for five high impact errors

  • 40.1 Recruitment Source is Blank: 31.4% of total errors

  • 19.1 Sexual Orientation is Blank: 13.7% of total errors

  • 31.1 Disability is Blank: 16.4% of total errors

  • 16.1 Religious Belief is Blank: 13.5% of total errors

  • 2.1 Area of Work is Blank: 10.1% of total errors

  • Five high impact areas account for 85% of total errors

Data quality update1
Data Quality update

  • Two organisations in the North West in August 2012 had maximum scores of 10,000

  • Halton And St Helens PCT

  • Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Data quality update final score c m current month august 2012
Data Quality update: FINAL SCORE C&MCurrent month August 2012

Data quality update error count c m current month august 2012
Data Quality update: ERROR COUNT C&MCurrent month August 2012

Accessing ewin reports


Select QIPP Dashboard

Accessing ewin reports1


Navigate to the Woven Data Quality Reporting “speed-o-meter” and select graph

Accessing ewin reports2


  • 4 data reports are available and a data guidance page

  • All reports can be exported to PDF

  • Demo WebExes can be set up on request liz.thomas@northwest.nhs.uk

Liz thomas senior programme manager workforce strategy liz thomas@northwest nhs uk 0161 625 7793

Liz Thomas

Senior Programme Manager, Workforce Strategy


0161 625 7793

Ewin update c m planners



Monday 17th September 2012

Ewin current and pending projects
EwIN current and pending projects

  • QIPP Dashboard Review

  • Health Visitor Working Group / Priority Dashboard Review

  • Knowledge Exchange Redesign

  • Equality and Diversity Proposal

  • Health and Well-Being Homepage & Dashboard

  • eWIN Research Project

Ewin qipp dashboard review

  • QIPP Dashboards developed to assist NHS organisations identify efficiencies and savings

  • Twelve metrics for review

  • Functionality and design for review

  • Meeting 2nd October, 11am-1pm at NHS North West

  • Contact liz.thomas@northwest.nhs.uk / 0161 625 7793

Ewin health visitor working group

  • To facilitate collaborative working between Health Visiting workforce leads and service leads

  • Motivate competition and challenge complacent operations

  • To define reporting methods on eWIN in respect of Health Visitors

  • To share Health Visitor workforce planning tools/strategies

  • To produce the redesigned Health Visitor workforce dashboards

  • Meeting 25th September, 12-1.30pm at NHS North West

  • Contact saba.razaq@northwest.nhs.uk / 0161 625 7774

Ewin knowledge exchange redesign

  • To make the Knowledge Exchange search clearer and easier to use

  • Stage 1 produced a single search bar which displays results

  • Results can be filtered as required

  • Stage 2 discusses the requirements of an Advanced Search function

  • Contact christine.stewart7@nhs.net / 0161 625 7285

Ewin equality and diversity proposal

  • Produce automated reports to support EDS requirements and CQC equality prompts

  • Support production of annual equality data publication

  • Provide organisational data and benchmarking data

  • Assist in developing analysis skills within the E&D community

  • Meeting 19th September, 12-1.30pm at NHS North West

  • Contact liz.thomas@northwest.nhs.uk / 0161 625 7793

Ewin health and well being page and dashboard

  • Health and well-being homepage coming soon

  • Potential to develop data dashboard based on ESR Data Warehouse sickness reasons data

    • Days Lost by Sickness Absence Reason

    • Days Lost Per Quarter Average FTE

    • Average Length of Absence

    • Incidence by Long/Short Term

  • Call for participants will be released in October

  • Contact liz.thomas@northwest.nhs.uk / 0161 625 7793

Ewin research project
EWIN research project

  • Conducting interviews with eWIN users

  • Inform eWIN team’s strategic planning

  • Contacting primary care representatives

  • Developing links with HEIs and academic research hubs

Liz thomas senior programme manager workforce strategy liz thomas@northwest nhs uk 0161 625 77931

Liz Thomas

Senior Programme Manager Workforce Strategy


0161 625 7793