Creating a workforce fit for the future

The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
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About this event

About this event

As the driver of 70 per cent of the budget, the workforce has always been a key issue for health care boards. But as the demands on health care providers change, budgets are constrained and medical training numbers fall, boards need to think not only about good HR practice but workforce training and development including the development of new and extended professional roles such as physicians, assistants and nurse practitioners. However, experience in England over the last decade suggests that changing roles and developing new ways of working is difficult and often unsuccessful. 

This evening seminar will describe the options for redesigning the workforce. It will also discuss the potential pitfalls and how they might be avoided, and frame a series of questions that boards need to address when they consider the issue of workforce and workforce design. There will be time for discussion about some of the difficulties boards face in implementing new workforce strategies.

This seminar is also open to executive colleagues and HR directors.


Richard Bohmer

International Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

During his fellowship with the Fund, Richard has been working on a variety of projects, including contributing to the work of the Commission on Leadership and Management in the NHS, supporting us with our thought leadership work and looking at how the delivery of health services can be transformed to produce better value for patients.

Richard is a New Zealand-trained physician and Professor of Management practice at Harvard Business School. He graduated from the Auckland University School of Medicine and has practised hospital and primary medicine in New Zealand and England.

At the Harvard Business School he teaches an MBA course on health care operations management and is the faculty chair for two executive programmes in health care delivery. He teaches and consults on health management issues in numerous locations around the world.

Richard has published on a number of topics including quality improvement, technology adoption and operations strategy in health care. He is the author of Designing care: aligning the nature and management of health care (HBS Press 2009).

Candace Imison

Deputy Director of Policy, The King's Fund

Candace became Deputy Director of Policy at The King's Fund in January 2009. Since joining the Fund she has published on a wide range of topics including polyclinics, community health services, workforce planning and referral management.

Candace came to The King's Fund from the NHS, where she was Director of Strategy in a large acute trust. She worked on strategy at the Department of Health between 2000 and 2006. Candace joined the NHS in 1987 and has held a number of senior management and board-level roles within NHS providers and commissioners. She is currently a non-executive director of an acute trust in South West London.

Candace holds a master's degree in health economics and health policy from the University of Birmingham.