PCN Workforce Planning

As you will no doubt have found out there is a shortage of skilled clinical staff and recruitment takes time! Effective workforce planning allows you to plan ahead, exploiting the pathways and training support that’s out there so you bring in new blood whilst also developing existing staff. It also allows you to identify the staff you are going to need to help you get there.

Time spent in recruitment of a dwindling workforce is a major disruption for practices. We need more clinical and administrative staff, doctors and nurses alongside new roles across General Practice in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Our current staff want to develop and there is national funding to support Primary care with our workforce crisis.

Working together we can understand our practices’ local needs now, and in the future. We must plan and support each other to develop enough staff to fill all the vacancies. CPTH knows that practices are best placed to know what they need but often unable to plan for the future due to local practical/financial constraints.

The Offer

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Training hub will fund you to bring a team together from your PCN practices to discuss your local challenges and opportunities.

We will provide you with the data we have around your workforce and pay for your time to ensure this is accurate to help us understand the true picture at a local level. We will support you in understanding your data and what help is available to your practices to help you recruit, retain and train your workforce.

  • A fully costed 6 month project which will include 2 workshops (see below) to be attended by a multiprofessional team from your PCN.
  • Full Support materials, including personalised workforce data.
  • 1-1 support from the Training Hub team to get best value for your PCN and your practices from this project.

The Programme

The programme involves attending 2 workshops that will support you to answer these questions:

  • Where are you now?
  • Where do you want/need to be?
  • How are you going to get there?


You will receive £4,000 funding per PCN to support backfill.

There are no maximum attendees i.e. you could bring a rep from each Practice in the PCN, but as a minimum we would ask for a mix of primary care representatives with an interest in workforce inc. a GP, a Manager and a Nurse/AHP.

*You must commit to attending both workshop 1 & 2 and submit your workforce plan for 2022/23.

Option A

Option B

Workshop 1: Tuesday 19th October 2021
Thursday 4th November 2021
Workshop 2: Tuesday 8th February 2022
Thursday 24th February 2022


Sign up now

Fill in the form below and click submit. You will then be contacted by our team to discuss who your delegates will be and which dates they will attend.


If you have any queries or to discuss further please contact Jo Oldfield jo.oldfield1@nhs.net