Centre for Workforce Intelligence

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Centre for Workforce Intelligence
Formation 1 July 2010 (2010-07-01)
Managing Director
Greg Allen
Website www.cfwi.org.uk

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) is a national organisation delivering workforce planning advice across in England and is part of Mouchel Group PLC.

The CfWI provides an easily accessible route for health and social care planners, clinicians and commissioners seeking workforce planning and development expertise to improve health and social care services.

It supports long-term and strategic scenario planning for the whole health and social care workforce, based on research, evidence and analysis, in order to build strong leadership and capability in workforce planning.

Key strategic areas[edit]


Providing leadership within the system, helping senior leaders to drive workforce planning, strengthening the influence of workforce planners, and connecting different parts of the system.

Strengthening leadership in workforce planning: senior leaders in health and social care are driving workforce planning that is integrated with service and financial planning. Promoting long-range planning: organisations are taking a longer-term view of workforce planning.


Providing workforce intelligence to the health and social care system to inform decisions. This intelligence spans the ‘here and now’ through thought leadership, to planning the workforce in 10 to 20 years’ time through the use of foresight techniques. Delivering robust and timely intelligence: the CfWI is one source of workforce intelligence and is cherished by those improving people’s lives in health and social care. Sharing good practice and innovation: workforce planners are accessing, using and contributing to the CfWI's growing and validated body of knowledge.


Providing the support, resources and best practice to improve the effectiveness of workforce planning at local, regional and national levels. Improving skills and resources: organisations have the skills and resources they need to plan and develop their workforce. Matching the workforce to patient needs: service delivery has been improved through matching the workforce to patient needs and the CfWI's customers have been supported in improving the productivity and quality of health and social care.


In 2008 the Department of Health published a review, called A High Quality Workforce, looking at the future of the NHS workforce in England. The review highlighted the need for better workforce planning across the health and social care system.[1] The Government White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS published in July 2010 then suggested a role for a Centre for Workforce Intelligence which would "act as a consistent source of information and analysis, informing and informed by all levels of the system".[2]

In 2010 Mouchel Management Consulting Limited was contracted by the Department of Health (DH) to set up and run the Centre for Workforce Intelligence.[3]


Managing director, Greg Allen, is responsible for the CfWI's overall leadership, organisation and management.[4]

On 9 July 2014 a decision was made for the existing governance board and advisory panel to cease, setting in motion transition arrangements with the aim of establishing a new advisory panel.

The governance board members had included: Professor Dame Carol M. Black, Roy Taylor CBE, Sir Neil McKay CBE, Margaret Goose OBE, Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, Dame Donna Kinnair, Professor Michael Pidd and Miles Scott.[5]

The advisory panel members had included: Des Kelly OBE, Dean Royles, Sir Duncan Nichol CBE, Derek Marshall, Candace Imison, Professor Terence Stephenson, Dr Mark Purvis.[6]

A new CfWI health, public health and social care advisory panel is expected to operate from autumn 2014.


  1. ^ "A High Quality Workforce: NHS Next Stage Review" (PDF). Department of Health. Archived from the original on 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS" (PDF). Department of Health. July 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "House of Commons: Health Committee- First Report: Education, training and workforce planning". UK Parliament. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "About us: Who we are: CfWI Leadership Team". Centre for Workforce Intelligence. Archived from the original on 18 February 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "About us: Who we are: CfWI Governance Board". Centre for Workforce Intelligence. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "About us: Who we are: CfWI Advisory Panel". Centre for Workforce Intelligence. Archived from the original on 18 February 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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