The aim of this report is to explore a recently appointed trainee Human Resources Officer at St Patrick Nursing Home which is located in Central London and to explain the factors to be considered when planning the recruitment of individuals to work in this nursing home, the strategies for building effective teams, the systems for monitoring and promoting the development of individuals and the approaches for managing people working in the health and social care. Planning is very important in both our lives and the health and social care. A plan has to be made for all the processes and activities of the health and social care. It is Human Resources that oversee and implement these processes and activities and it is also important that health and social care sector plans for the people who would be entrusted with the job of making the organisation an effective and efficient entity. The Human Resources plans for what sort of people the organisation should have and how many people that would be required for the job. Human Resource Planning is about striking a match/fit as defined by Bulla and Scott, 1994 "The process for ensuring that the human resource requirements of an organization are identified and plans are made for satisfying those requirements".
Similar to the lines of Bulla and Scott, Reilly (2003) defined it as "A process in which an organization attempts to estimate the demand for labour and evaluate the size, nature and sources of supply which will be required to meet the demand."
HR planning sees the business plans with the lens of human resource requirements and tries to establish a fit where business plan is achieved with the availability of right person at the right job at the right time with the right resources.
Quinn Mills (1983) indicated that human resource planning is: "a decision-making process that combines three important activities"...