Medical Workforce Planning

What is Medical Workforce Planning?

Medical workforce planning (MWP) is part of the National Doctors and Training Unit. The MWP unit addresses future projections for the appropriate staffing of the medical workforce in Ireland. This involves:

  • The 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.
  • The analysis of how supply should be planned for in light of future population, societal and health service change.

Latest Medical Workforce Planning Reports

Medical Workforce Planning Ireland: A step wise approach

This methodology 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 will include recommendations to support the development of the medical workforce over a defined period of time, typically 10 years.

Medical Workforce Planning Ireland A Step Wise Approach.pdf (size 548.7 KB)

Medical Workforce Report 2021-2022

This report gives an overview of the publicly funded medical workforce in Ireland and includes an annual assessment of both consultant and NCHD posts in the health system.

NDTP Workforce Report 2021-2022.pdf (size 2.9 MB)

Demand for medical consultants and specialists to 2028 and the training pipeline to meet demand: a high level stakeholder informed analysis.

This report was developed with a view to providing evidence around the current and future demand for consultant/specialist doctors across medical specialties in Ireland, in order to inform postgraduate medical training and consultant appointment requirements for the country to 2028. This is a dynamic report which is constantly modified as information is updated.

Demand for Medical Consultants and Specialists to 2028 report (PDF)

A comparison of the publically funded medical workforce in Ireland with international jurisdictions.

This comparison was developed with similar models of health service delivery and postgraduate training. 

A comparison of the publically funded medical workforce in Ireland with International Jurisdictions (PDF)

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