Workforce planning helps you find and keep enough staff who have the right values, skills and experience to provide high-quality, person-centred care now, and in the future.

(Skills for Care, 2020)

The PCTH have below collated a range of resources to support you with workforce planning:

HEE Resources: Star: Accelerating Workforce Design | Framework for Workforce Innovation

E-LfH Resources: Six Steps to Workforce Planning | System Workforce Planning


The EWIN Primary Care Workforce Evidence Brief is now available here providing an overview of reports, research and evidence related to workforce.










(Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership)



National Workforce Reporting System (NWRS)

What is it?

The NWRS is made up of two modules:

1) The data entry module is where General Practices and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) complete their workforce information, to fulfil their requirements for the workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS).

2) The reporting module is a suite of reports containing published, non-identifiable, based on the workforce data supplied by Practices and PCNs.


Why is it important?

Understanding staff capacity in the health service is more important than ever before. This information ensures that investment, training and resources are allocated appropriately across the Primary Care Network.

The National Workforce Reporting Service is used by general practices and primary care networks in England to include data on their current workforce. It is critical that this is updated regularly and the information submitted is accurate and complete.

Provision of workforce data is also a contractual requirement for practices and primary care networks as it is crucial for understanding changing capacity across the primary care workforce.

NHS Digital – Keep your NWRS up to date


What data is required?

Each member of staff on the NWRS has a record which should include:

Name | Date of Birth | NI Number | Proof of Registration (if medical/dental role) | Contract Type & Hours | Previous Work | Relevant PCN | Staff Group | Staff Role | Any Other Areas of Work

When a member of staff leaves a practice, the above information can be transferred to their new practice.


What is the data used for?

The information is published by NHS Digital and is used for a variety of purposes, including addressing workforce pressures in primary care.

The data that comes from NWRS can be used to calculate regional allocations for CPD funding, to then be broken down into locality allocations. This can be used locally for specific staff group funding.

Having knowledge of staffing levels is crucial for workforce planning.

The latest statistics following the NWRS can be found here


How do I access it?

The NWRS is now accessed via Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) using the same login you use to complete other data collections, such as the General Practice Annual Electronic Self-Declaration, also known as eDEC.

Visit the NWRS support page for more information about how to register for the NWRS.


What support is available?

NHS Digital have provided some additional support for GP practices and primary care networks who use the National Workforce Reporting Service (NWRS).

More information surrounding the NWRS and improvements made to the service can be found here.

User Guide FAQ

If you require additional support, email NHS digital on: and please quote 'NWRS' in the subject line of the email.


Looking to develop your workforce?


eWIN have provided this research for those looking to develop placements in primary care.

If you're looking at increasing your use of placements in Primary Care, click here to see how our Enabling Effective Learning Environments team can help you.

Workforce Planning:

Planning the workforce and global health system strengthening – Year of the Health and Care Workers Seminars

Health Education England is delighted to invite you to a series of seminars, focusing on the importance of strengthening the health workforce internationally in support of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Year of the Health and Care Workers (YHCW) programme. The first of which was held on 13 December 2021, 09:30 – 10:30 GMT. The below flyer is linked to the details of seminar one, and will be updated once the details of seminar two have been released.

For more information; click here to view the website, or email the team.


The PCTH arranged and posted the below webinars on Workforce Planning. Click on your locality to view.