Workforce Intelligence Unit

IPEM’s Workforce Intelligence Unit provides accurate data on the UK medical physics and engineering sectors, for the benefit of both the profession and patients. IPEM is uniquely well placed to collect and interpret this data from a complex workforce landscape, across the UK.

The Unit comprises the Workforce Intelligence Manager, Jemimah Eve, along with the Workforce Intelligence Administrator, Adam Hyett, and reports to the Professional and Standards Council.

Data, surveys, reports and guidance notes from the WIU are available on our members' pages

Why do we need accurate workforce data?

High-quality data is vital to ensuring the right decisions are made on issues such as training, recruitment, staffing and services. The Unit was set up in 2013 to meet a widely recognised lack of comprehensive data in this area. The information we collect is used to:

  • Advise on policy. Decision makers such as Higher Education England and the National Shortage Occupation List need such data, often at short notice. The information could prove particularly important for a possible future review of NHS healthcare science.
  • Inform our members. The data is available for our members to use to help them influence local, regional or national decisions.
  • Shape IPEM’s own work. The Unit’s work improves IPEM’s knowledge and understanding of the sector and helps form policies and priorities.

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What is the unit working on?

Nuclear Medicine Workforce Survey

We conducted a Nuclear Medicine Workforce Survey this year, which has now closed for comments, and we are now collating and analysing the responses. Headline figures will be on the website shortly.

Upcoming Planned Workforce Surveys

  • Radiotherapy Workforce Survey - planned for Nov 2021

 Visit the members' pages for results of mapping and surveys.

Electronic Staff Records (ESR)

NHS England and Wales updated the ESR coding for healthcare science staff. The new codes are much more detailed than before and an important opportunity to collect better workforce data.  To ensure the codes are applied consistently, the Unit worked with heads of department to produce guidance notes. Visit the members' pages for more information and guidance notes.  

Workforce watch

A confidential way to report any workforce changes that could threaten service delivery, such as band downgrading or non-replacement of staff. The aim is to develop a nationwide picture of any concerns, with which to address senior officials, if necessary. We do not intercede in individual cases.

Workforce watch.

How is access to the data controlled?

All information collected is treated in strict compliance with the Data Protection Act. We also recognise other confidentiality issues. Some of our information is being made available to IPEM members only, at least in the first instance. You can view our Data Usage Policy here.

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