Manpower Planning/Workforce Development Strategy Volunteer


Manpower Planning/Workforce Development Strategy Volunteer


We believe that all dying people and those close to them deserve to have the best care and support, wherever and whenever they need it. We do all we can to make this happen, providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to over 7,500 people across southeast London every year. Our workforce deals with many external challenges on a daily basis; this includes societal changes such as people living longer, many with more than one life-limiting condition, the impact of a challenging socio-economic climate and a rise in public expectations. We are also facing a nationally recognised shortage of qualified nurses and doctors with numbers continuing to decline, changes in the way care is both commissioned and there continues to be high levels of uncertainty around the potential impact of ‘Brexit’.


Why we need your help


We need to understand our workforce; where we are at present, what gaps we have and how we may look in ten years’ time. We need to look at the data that we have already, decide what new data we need and produce a new workforce strategy.


Our Director of People & Organisational Development (OD) is drawing together a small group of people from within and outside of the organisation, who have a natural curiosity around workforce planning and is able to convert people/workforce data into business intelligence, drawing conclusions about gaps and opportunities that may exist.  We currently have 3 places remaining.


Our hope is that this work will not only help to shape the new People & Workforce Development Strategy for 2020 and beyond but will also provide the organisation with helpful information that will feature and feed into a range of different organisational strategic priorities and business decisions.


The project will conclude with a sophisticated analytical presentation, to be delivered to our Trustee Board in May 2020, which should tell the story of what our workforce currently looks like and what some of our workforce challenges might be in the future.  Our preference at this stage is to put this in the context of PwC’s report “Workforce of the Future – the competing forces shaping 2030”.


What time should you offer?


It is difficult for us to identify at this stage how much time we believe this work will need, as it will depend upon a number of factors.  However, we anticipate that much of the work will be carried out on two days in particular, Thursday 12th March and Thursday 2nd April 2020, when we will be hosting facilitated ‘thinking’ workshops at our Sydenham site.


What skills you will bring to this volunteer role


  • Ability to look at people/workforce data and come up with ideas about what other data we may need and why.
  • Able to draw conclusions from data and convert this into useful business intelligence
  • Able to think creatively, innovatively and laterally
  • Ability to read and digest information to understand the broader context of manpower planning and workforce strategy issues and its relevance to the organisation
  • Ability to articulate conclusions and reflections clearly following data analysis.
  • Have a genuine interest in workforce /manpower planning and be able to recognise its importance in today’s and tomorrow’s world of work.


Unsupported image type.What you can gain from volunteering in this role


  • Knowing you are contributing to an important piece of work which will impact the shape of our workforce to ensure its future sustainability.
  • Join an enthusiastic team, meet new people and get more involved in your local community.
  • Use and develop your skills in project working, data analysis - enhancing your CV if that is important to you.
  • A reference outlining the activities you supported us with.
  • Know you are contributing to an organisation which is committed to supporting dying people in our local community by ensuring they have access to appropriate care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.


Support provided


  • Working as part of a team all committed to achieving the project
  • Direction and clarification from the Director of People & OD
  • Independent facilitator to ensure the project is completed on time and to good standard.
  • Access to people/workforce data via member of the HR/People team.
  • Contact point with the PA to the Director of People & OD for any queries
  • Relevant literature for you to refer to


Where you will be based


The People Directorate is based at our Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham site. Although we anticipate that much of the work could be carried out off site and we are therefore flexible about this aspect of the role.


Application Process


  • Please feel free to contact the Director of People & OD for an informal discussion about this project.
  • To be part of this exciting team, we’d like to learn about the skills, knowledge and experience you have which matches what we have outline in this role description. 
  • For those not currently volunteering with St Christopher’s: Please complete the online application form by clicking ‘apply here’ and write your statement under the section titled “Why do you wish to volunteer for St Christopher’s?” We will contact you for your CV after we have received your online application.
  • This role will be subject to the standard pre-volunteering checks


Equality and Diversity


St Christopher’s recognises the qualities and strengths that a diverse group of volunteers brings to the organisation and we therefore particularly welcome applications from our underrepresented groups from within the local communities and from a range of different cultures and backgrounds.