Health Workforce Planning
Leads: Sarah Simkin & Dax Bourcier
Patients experience the health system through the health workforce, and so the workforce should be a necessary focus of efforts to meet patients' needs. For the health system to respond to the needs of patients amidst emerging challenges, workforce planning is necessary. Planning supports the quintuple aim and is arguably foundational for improving population health, enhancing the patient experience, reducing costs, supporting provider well-being, and advancing health equity.
CHWN researchers have been building capacity for health workforce planning though research, advocacy and knowledge translation.
Family Medicine Workforce Trends in Ontario: Context & Policy Implications (CAHSPR - May, 2023)
Since 2017, CHWN researchers have been working with Ontario Health Toronto to co-develop an integrated planning process to support evidence-based workforce decision-making for the region. The result of the collaboration is a health workforce planning toolkit that incorporates planning processes, environmental scanning tools, and a quantitative model. The outputs of the toolkit provide a body of evidence around the current (and projected future) states of population health needs and primary care service provision at a neighbourhood level within the City of Toronto. The planning process estimates population needs and workforce capacity at the neighbourhood, sub-region, and whole city levels. It addresses challenges specific to Toronto, such as patient mobility, anticipated rapid population growth, and physician retirement.
The Docforce Platform is a web-based tool that allows interested parties to interact with the most relevant public data on current and projected physician workforces across Canada. The goal of Docforce is to fulfill the healthcare needs of all Canadians by equipping students, professionals, and change-makers with the right tools to make data-driven decisions on workforce resource allocation.
Research Handbook on Contemporary Human Resource Management for Health Care | Chapter 11: Key Issues in Health Workforce Planning (Edward Elgar Publishing, in press)
Poor health workforce planning is costly, risky and inequitable (October, 2019)