There has been a plethora of articles and discussions on integrated services particularly involving joint working with health and social care.  This has been going on for some years with great success in some areas and less so in others.  The importance and drive for integrated working feels like it is increasing particularly for primary and community care.  The impact and opportunity of this service model on workforce planning could be huge and start to reinforce 'in practice' the need to do workforce planning hand in hand with business/service planning.  Or will it - I can only hope so.  I recently saw a report on some studies on integrated service planning entitled 'Think integration, think workforce:  3 steps to workforce integration that I thought may be of interest to people as it does highlight many of the 'tricky'  HR issues (but not of course impossible with effective leadership) and how local relationships and partnerships can work together.  You may have already seen it but for those who haven't it does provide some very practical and useful guidance. 

Such changes to services and all the other drivers for integrated WFP make me feel quite optimistic that perhaps IWFP will start to be acknowledged as a 'must be done' in organisations.  Or am I being too optimistic?

Enjoy the article

Chris Mullen MBE 

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