Workforce planning is a continual process used to align the needs and priorities of the project with those of its workforce to ensure it can meet its requirements and organisational objectives.
We used Physical Activity Champions within our pathways, who are responsible for delivering the intervention and assisting with development and improvement of the service. These clinical champions came from a variety of different backgrounds – in the maternity pathway, our Physical Activity Champion was a midwife whereas in the TAVI pathway, we used an exercise physiologist.
Educational background and previous experience will vary between Physical Activity Champions and depend on the needs of each specific pathway. Job analysis for a Physical Activity Champion should be analysed to identify the right person for the role. Here is an example job advert for one of our Physical Activity Champions.
Job descriptions should move beyond education and experience to include work and character traits that can impact a person’s ability to thrive in your organisation. Aligning with your Trusts vision and values is an important consideration. It is also important to identify potential future evolution of the pathway to ‘future-proof’ recruitment of Physical Activity Champions.