WSP has developed a framework for strategic workforce planning called SWiPe®.  This is now being adopted in a number of locations as the basis for integrating service transformation, workforce and finances.  SWiPe benefits from the use of systems dynamics by providing models that help local partners to explore workforce transformation priorities for recruitment, development, or the shift between hospital and community.


The distinctives of SWiPe include:

  • The ability to integrate assumptions and outputs for underlying health needs and demand drivers, service transformation and activity changes, finance and strategic workforce planning;
  • The ability of the framework to work across agencies and organisations, thus enabling a truly ‘whole workforce’ approach based on population/patient cohorts of need;
  • The use of ‘care functions’ as the building blocks for service change, enabling existing and new services to be framed in the language of outcomes;
  • Working with skill levels rather than professional or grade definitions, thus enabling new and existing roles to be mapped against an ideal future skill mix for a particular care function, delivered in the context of population health needs.

SWiPe can be applied at different levels, as illustrated in the picture below:


Examples of SWiPe models can be seen on our model hosting page or by searching our library of projects, and a briefing on the framework can be downloaded here.

To find out more about what we mean by workforce planning download our ‘Workforce Planning in a Nutshell’ briefing here.

For more information please contact Peter Lacey.

[Note: SWiPe is a Registered Trademark owned by WSP. We encourage people to share the framework and adapt it locally under a creative commons © arrangement that requires attribution to WSP and non-commercial use.]