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To inform long-term workforce planning it is necessary to scan the horizons of the health and care system for potential challenges, opportunities and likely developments. One horizon scanning approach is to ask those working in and being served by the system what they think might change and impact the services in the future. Bringing together a series of future-thinking ideas about the future health and care system impacts can help to inform those assessing the future workforce needs for the system under review.

During Horizon Scanning workshops and interviews the CfWI asked healthcare professionals and stakeholders their ideas on what could impact the health and care systems over the next 20 years. Their ideas have been gathered in this bank to provide a single source of detailed, informative and thought provoking ideas that could shape the future health and care services and workforce they require.

In our Ideas Bank you can:

  • Browse the ideas using the coloured themes table below
  • Use the filter options to focus on your area of interest (expand the filter by clicking the down arrow on the right hand side)
  • Search for phrases or concepts using the search field.

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  • Factors including UK and global economy, international trade, globalisation, resources and health and care spending.
  • Factors including the UK and global labour market, competition, employment levels, and wage levels.
  • Environmental factors including climate change, natural resource use, the built environment, ecology, and environmental pollution.
  • Factors including system design, care provided in the community, role of the private sector, governance and regulation, quality of care and care outcomes.
  • Factors including recruitment and retention, costs of employment, professional registration and regulation, retirement age, ways of working, quality assurance, and workforce flexibility.
  • Factors including attractiveness of careers, access to training and education, quality of education and training, and cost of training.
  • Factors including population health, health behaviours, heath/care literacy, public health initiatives, and self-care.
  • Politics including UK and global political systems, legislation, and governance of the health and care system.
  • Population factors including population size, age and composition.
  • Factors including investment in R&D, pace of technological development, technology transfer and diffusion, research areas (genomics, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, remote monitoring, information management), technology availability and effectiveness.
  • Factors including quality of life, poverty and social deprivation, socio-economic status, equality and social cohesion, family and social support networks, lifestyles and behaviour, culture, ethics, trust in health and care system, unpaid carers and volunteers.

Sector

Specialities

Projects

  • Acute medical care
  • Anaesthetics and Intensive care medicine
  • Future pharmacist workforce
  • Future psychiatrist workforce
  • General practitioner (GP) in-depth review
  • Informing the maternity workforce
  • Informing the nursing workforce
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Stocktake
  • Speech and language therapy stocktake


Health & care employment and workingFactors including recruitment and retention, costs of employment, professional registration and regulation, retirement age, ways of working, quality assurance, and workforce flexibility. Health & care service deliveryFactors including system design, care provided in the community, role of the private sector, governance and regulation, quality of care and care outcomes. Health & care training and educationFactors including attractiveness of careers, access to training and education, quality of education and training, and cost of training.
Employment and labour marketFactors including the UK and global labour market, competition, employment levels, and wage levels. Health and well-beingFactors including population health, health behaviours, heath/care literacy, public health initiatives, and self-care. Politics and legislationPolitics including UK and global political systems, legislation, and governance of the health and care system. Research and technologyFactors including investment in R&D, pace of technological development, technology transfer and diffusion, research areas (genomics, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, remote monitoring, information management), technology availability and effectiveness. Society, culture and behaviourFactors including quality of life, poverty and social deprivation, socio-economic status, equality and social cohesion, family and social support networks, lifestyles and behaviour, culture, ethics, trust in health and care system, unpaid carers and volunteers.
EconomyFactors including UK and global economy, international trade, globalisation, resources and health and care spending. EnvironmentEnvironmental factors including climate change, natural resource use, the built environment, ecology, and environmental pollution. PopulationPopulation factors including population size, age and composition.

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Disclaimer

The ideas within this bank have been provided anonymously by members of the public, healthcare professionals and those with an interest in health care, public health and social care. The ideas in the bank are fictitious and do not relate to any activity within the health, public health and social care sectors. Ideas provided are reviewed and edited by the CfWI and Horizon Scanning to remove any inappropriate material or references.