There is increasing interest in workforce information, especially for Mental Health / IAPT services, so the need for consistent and available data to support meaningful workforce planning is paramount. However, information is only as good as the data which is input and the systems and standards which are used to capture it; therefore, we need to work together to maximise the quality of the data with what we have available to us.
Additionally, achieving good quality workforce information in the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and the workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) will reduce the need for separate workforce related data collections about IAPT services which will reduce burden on individual organisations.
The NHS Long Term Plan identified mental health services as a key priority for future investment and service development. The role of workforce planning will be key to delivering this expansion, by ensuing that there is a mental health workforce with the right skills and values in the right place at the right time to meet the needs of our population.
High quality workforce information will be essential to ensure that workforce, service and finance plans are based on the best available evidence. Detailed information on staff employed in the NHS and those delivering NHS commissioned services in the independent sector is required. To ensure that workforce information systems have the capacity to capture the whole mental health workforce, including new roles, NHS Digital has been co-ordinating work to develop enhanced codes and recording options.
Therefore, organisations and partners are encouraged to make every effort to ensure that workforce information systems, particularly the Electronic Staff Record (ESR), take full account of the latest coding guidance to ensure that workforce and service planning decisions at national, regional and local levels are underpinned by the highest quality and most up to date information.
The broader Mental Health Workforce Coding Guidance which will cover all Mental Health services other than IAPT is planned for development and will be published once complete.
This guidance should provide the information required by ESR end users and users of the wMDS, to correctly code those staff working in the Adult IAPT service; however, if further guidance / clarification is needed, please contact the Data Quality and Data Standards Team at NHS Digital via email@example.com quoting ‘IAPT Workforce Coding Manual’ in the subject line.
Also, this guidance document is intended to be a 'living' document which will be reviewed and updated as required. NHS Digital welcomes any comments, questions and suggestions for additions to this document. Please contact the Data Quality and Data Standards Team at NHS Digital via firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ‘IAPT Workforce Coding Manual’ in the subject line.