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Business Challenges
Interim NHS People Plan


To help you plan your next steps and to assist you in developing a greater understanding of the ESR capability, and how it supports you to meet the business challenges set out in this segment, there are a wide range of resources available.

To read case studies from NHS organisations that are using the functionality which you have read about within this segment, and to access key guidance and support material please see below.

Case Studies



Operational Resources

Your operational leads can access a range of implementation guides, user manuals and other project documentation. The following documents are relevant to this section and will help you as you define your next steps.  (Log into ESR Kbase to access these resources).

  • ESR Guide to Mandatory Employment and Illegal Working Check Functionality
  • HR Best Practice Guidance
  • Guidance to IAT
  • IAT Contents of Portable Data Sets
  • ESR Supporting the Streamlining Programme
  • ESR-NHS0165-Disclosure and Barring Link with ESR
  • ESR-NHS0111Streamlined ESR and Junior Doctor Interface Guide V3.0

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Business Challenges

  1. Are your recruitment activities putting you in a strong position to attract the workforce you need?

  2. Do you know where you recruit/attract applicants from?

  3. Do you have an understanding of your current organisation’s establishment, vacant positions, and approved vacancies?

  4. Has your organisation reconciled ESR to your financial ledger as per Carter’s Recommendation 12?

  5. Is your organisation actively involved with the regional/national streamlining programmes?

  6. How does your organisation record and monitor mandatory employment checks such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Professional Registration, and Right to Work?

  7. How do you monitor mandatory employment checks once the applicant is an employee? Do you use the automation and interfaces in ESR to help you?

  8. Do you have sufficient information to enable you to proactively recruit in response to workforce trends and changes in service needs?

  9. Are you able to respond to Sustainability and Transformation Plans in your area, in relation to workforce needs to meet service demands for now and the future?

  10. Is your on-boarding process quick and efficient, getting your new recruits into the workplace as soon as possible?

  11. How do you ensure your new starters do not repeat mandatory training when moving to your organisation, if their training is still valid?

Latest Resources

To discuss the functionality available in ESR, to undertake an ESR Assessment on your current and potential usage, or for further information, advice and support please contact your local NHS ESR Functional Account Manager.