A recipe/cooking theme was chosen to make the resource more fun and engaging for users, whilst maintaining a professional tone.
This unique resource is the first of its kind, developed by Health Education England working across the West Midlands, and is being shared for use across Health Education England. Interest in the Recipe has expanded across the system as well as in areas such as Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Recipe process map, created in collaboration with workforce planners across the West Midlands, shows the stages that should be completed in order to create a good workforce plan: Users can click on a stage to open a Stage Page showing:
- Ingredients – documents and resources needed to complete that stage which users can download
- Method – activities necessary to complete that stage with assigned roles
- Hints and Tips – any useful advice or intelligence that will support the completion of the stage
What should I be cooking this month? Each stage in the Recipe has a date range during which that activity should be completed. Users will be able to see the stages within the Recipe which are currently ‘active’ at the time they visit the site.
Roles and Responsibilities :
Each of the activities within a stage has an assigned role e.g. Workforce Planner, Finance Lead, Service Lead, Executive Team. Users will be able to sort and filter the site to view only the stages and activities relevant to their role.
The Recipe has a discussion area where planners can share ideas and ask questions or queries. The discussion area will also be used by HEE WM as a forum to test out ideas and gain feedback on specific topics.
Cookbooks Users can select their favourite resources from the site (Word, Excel, PDF documents) and download these into a pack, or Cookbook.
There are also readymade Cookbooks for particular users and scenarios e.g. Workforce Planning for Beginners, Meeting with the Executive Team, Workforce Planning for Commissioners.
Links and Resources: The resources – or Ingredients – available to users for each stage are added to and updated as new resources become available. However, there may be useful resources, reports, articles or links that are not relevant to a particular stage but may be of interest to workforce planners.
These are available on the Links and Resources page that will include an archive of all the resources on the site. The Recipe also includes a search function and an interactive glossary.