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Workforce planning is recognised as one of the key development areas in health and social care. Effective workforce planning not only benefits good patient care, but can play a key role in helping to meet service and productivity targets by ensuring the right people are in the right jobs at the right time. The Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning has been developed in response to the increasing demand for specific training and education of those involved in workforce planning.

Course detail

The Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning is underpinned by the UK-wide Workforce Planning Competence Framework and Options for Excellence: Building the Social Care Workforce of the Future. The course is taught through a combination of classroom and action learning including:

• workshops

• assignments

• workforce project

• personal development planning

• study skills support.

The course will enable you to:

• Connect and integrate the workforce planning function to service and financial planning.

• Respond to the complex nature of planning required to achieve the plurality of service provision.

• Move the focus away from short-term planning to medium and longer-term strategic planning.

• Provide a consistent approach to equipping organisations with workforce planning skills.

• Raise the profile and improve perceptions of the role of workforce planning among planning colleagues.


• The Context of Strategic Planning

• Workforce Planning for Service Improvement

• Leading Workforce Planning.

Career and study progression

As a result of completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning, you will have increased workforce planning capability and capacity. The benefits for organisations include:

• gaining the underlying knowledge and skills and the supporting tools and resources for effective strategic workforce planning

• better decision-making

• improving patient, client and user-centred care

• increased confidence in workforce planning for organisations and the Department of Health.

The postgraduate certificate is awarded on successful completion of the modules. The 60 (Level 7) credits gained from this course can be accumulated and transferred to the MSc Strategic Workforce Planning.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.

Visit the PgCert Strategic Workforce Planning page on the University of West London website for more details!




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