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Local authorities in Wales urged to move away from ad-hoc workforce planning

There needs to be a shift from operational to strategic workforce planning, supported by investment locally, regionally and nationally, Social Care Wales has concluded in a new report.

Social care workforce planning fit for the future concludes that increased support, capacity and resources will be vital if local authorities in Wales are to develop a sophisticated approach to social care workforce planning.

This could even include a national approach to strategic workforce planning, as well as aligned corporate and social services strategies, and teams working together.

 To support a future workforce, the report makes several recommendations:

  • Create a central online resource hub that links to guides, tools and templates
  • Establish a workforce planning network to encourage collaboration, peer-to-peer support and advice, and to share experiences
  • Target support and intervention for local authorities currently carrying out ad hoc workforce planning
  • Review the function and capabilities of Social Care Wales Workforce Development Programme (SCWWDP) teams and the role of Regional Partnership Boards.

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