AphA response to NHS workforce plan

Posted : September 19, 2023 -

NHS England published the long term workforce plan on 30 June 2023, it sets out the case for long-term change for the NHS workforce.

Analysts are pivotal to the NHS’s data goals, yet we are absent from the workforce plan.

On behalf of AphA, supported by FEDIP, we wrote to Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England, we have also shared the letter with Steve Barclay, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Wes Streeting Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Please see our letter: AphA Response To NHS Workforce Plan

We all know that the NHS is home to an untapped goldmine of healthcare data, the NHS clearly recognises the importance of this work.

The word “data” appears more than 100 times in the workforce plan. Yet “analyst” doesn’t appear once, despite the fact there are already 13,000 of us working in the health service. From the latest NHS England observatory findings, we expect this number to grow to 35,000 by 2030.

We are offering our expertise to explore how we can offer advice and solutions as the recognised professional body for Data and Analytics workforce in health and care.

Data and analytics workforce MUST be part of the NHS workforce plan, there’s no two ways about it.