Medical Workforce Planning

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What is Medical Workforce Planning?

Medical workforce planning (MWP) addresses future projections for the appropriate staffing of the medical workforce in Ireland. This involves analysis of the supply of specialists into the medical workforce today and analysis of whether or not that supply is appropriately matched to the demand for specialist health services and patient need.It also involves the analysis of how supply should be planned for in light of future population, societal and health service change.

NDTP have developed, Medical Workforce Planning Ireland: A Stepwise Approach which outlines a simple methodology which guides the user through a series of phases to develop a strategic workforce plan for a specific or multiple groups of medical health professionals within the Irish healthcare system. The plan, when developed, will include recommendations to support the development of the medical workforce over a defined period of time, typically 10 years.


Representatives from the medical professions, health service management and the Department of Health recently attended a seminar Planning the Medical Workforce of the Future; Strategic Medical Workforce Planning for Ireland held by the HSE’s National Doctors Training & Planning (NDTP), HR Division.


Attendees were briefed on work being carried out in this area in Ireland, Britain and the Netherlands by a variety of speakers. For more information on the seminar, click here.

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