Workforce Planning Programme Overview

In Leeds, we believe that the ability to understand our current and future health and care workforce is essential to keeping pace with changes in the needs of our local population, and of service provision to support those needs. Our collaborative approach is designed to deepen our insights and to better inform our shared priorities for education, resourcing, development, and the retention of our city’s workforce.

The Leeds approach to collaborative workforce planning began in late 2021. To develop the programme we worked with our Population and Care Boards, Health Education England (now NHS England), West Yorkshire Workforce Observatory (hosted by the University of Bradford), higher education providers and health and care employers across the city – including NHS Trusts, Leeds City Council, Skills for Care and the third sector. This engagement, alongside external research, informed the development of our bespoke and unique approach to workforce planning. You can access some of the external research references here

In order to deepen the understanding of our workforce, we developed a City Workforce Profile and a place-based Learning Needs Analysis, which you can learn about below. We also conducted a bespoke piece of work focused on the city’s Allied Health Professionals in Leeds, you can find the project summary on our blog.

For further information on what helped inform our approach to workforce planning, you can read our co-authored Health Policy journal report (June 2023): Strategic workforce planning in health and care – an international perspective: a scoping review.

City Workforce Profile

The health and care workforce profile identifies the overall size and shape of the workforce in Leeds. Originally compiled in 2014, we have systematically refreshed this figure in 2024 which will allow us to set the baseline to identify future trends of size and scale when we repeat in October 2026. You can find the 2024 figure on our blog

Place-based Learning Needs Analysis

The Academy is developing and coordinating a city-wide approach to Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) with health and social care partners across Leeds. The aim of the LNA is to systematically and regularly capture the immediate, emerging and transformational learning needs of the health and care workforce, allowing collaboration between partners, and across the city, on delivery.  All Leeds health and social care service providers are involved in the design of a new process, either as an individual organisation or through a respective professional body or sector network.

For further information on any of the workstreams listed above, please contact Chris Tissiman, Head of Collaborative Workforce Planning at the Leeds Health and Care Academy, via