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This tool has been developed to enable individual NHS trusts to benchmark their key workforce data with specific other organizations or with average figures for comparable organizations at a regional and national level. It is not trying to replace individual day to day trust performance management dashboards. The data is indicative and at a high level, to suggest some questions to think about, and areas to explore further.

The data should be used with thought. In some cases apparent differences in comparative data may seem counter intuitive, for example, where an acute trust has a major community provision and the trust being benchmarked against may not.

The data has been drawn from a variety of published sources including ESR and HES data. If you do not recognise your data the source will be identified in the model, we recommend you contact the source directly to verify.

In most cases, it is clear that a higher or lower figure is ‘better’.

For other data – such as skills mix – a figure that is higher or lower than comparators may not directly correlate to ‘better’ but may suggest areas for more detailed investigation.

The tool currently covers acute trusts only, it is hoped to develop this tool into Mental Health and community settings.

This project has been sponsored by the SHA Directors of Workforce.

This tool has been developed to enable individual NHS trusts to benchmark their key workforce data with specific other organizations or with average figures for comparable organizations at a regional and national level. It is not trying to replace individual day to day trust performance management dashboards. The data is indicative and at a high level, to suggest some questions to think about, and areas to explore further.

The data should be used with thought. In some cases apparent differences in comparative data may seem counter intuitive, for example, where an acute trust has a major community provision and the trust being benchmarked against may not.

The data has been drawn from a variety of published sources including ESR and HES data. If you do not recognise your data the source will be identified in the model, we recommend you contact the source directly to verify.

In most cases, it is clear that a higher or lower figure is 'better'.

For other data – such as skills mix – a figure that is higher or lower than comparators may not directly correlate to ‘better’ but may suggest areas for more detailed investigation.

The tool currently covers acute trusts only, it is hoped to develop this tool into Mental Health and community settings.

This project has been sponsored by the SHA Directors of Workforce.


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Following registration, or if you have a user account already, please contact the tools team to request access to the Workforce Productivity Benchmarking Tool.