​Kendall Bluck Clinical Workforce Associates

The Clinical Workforce Specialists

About Us

Kendall Bluck Clinical Workforce Associates is the natural next step for Kendall Bluck as it recognises the large team of clinical workforce experts that help to deliver its bespoke workforce reviews.

With over 20 years of health care workforce and managerial experience gained in the UK, Middle East and Ireland, and posts in Medical HR, two Strategic Health Authorities, the North Western Deanery and three consultancy firms; Teamwork Management Services, Mott MacDonald and Kendall Bluck (formerly Zircadian consulting), Matthew Bluck has developed workforce methodologies that align staff to activity and are designed to improve patient care, improve work life balance for staff and provide the most efficient services whilst maintaining the focus on patient care.

These methodologies are delivered in partnership with a team of workforce specialist associates, who are all current practitioners in Nursing, Medicine, Professions Allied to Medicine, Financial Management and Data Analysis.

We believe our methodology in partnership with our clinical and professional credibility and understanding, is the only way to develop workforce plans that deliver, and can be applied to all specialties and departments.

To date we have applied this to a significant amount of successful reviews including: Emergency Departments; Paediatrics; reconfiguration projects; Radiology; Maternity Services; Sports Medicine Physiotherapy; Surgical and Medical Specialties; and Anaesthetics.

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Over the past few months we’ve been working on a secret project. Now we’re excited to finally be able to reveal what we’ve had under wraps…

Kendall Bluck have created the Pennine Messenger app, a tool created to help the busy days of NHS professionals run smoother.

Emergency Departments

Our Emergency Department Reviews deliver bespoke workforce plans for Trusts which ensure patient to nurse ratios are maintained throughout the year.

The methodology aligns staff to activity using real trust data, which is analysed day by day, 365 days per year and reviewed and assessed by practicing clinicians.

This analysis and clinical opinion provides Trusts with monthly rosters for their departments area by area – a workforce and leave management plan which ensures that departments are staffed appropriately 365 days a year and can cope with the peaks of activity.

This will undoubtedly improve/maintain standards of patient care, relieve pressure on staff, and reduce agency spending and panic agency bookings during the winter months.


With over a quarter of a million imaging tests and growing the norm for an average District General Hospital, Radiology is not only a critical business but a big one as well.

Consultants, Radiographers, Sonographers and Radiology Managers are facing considerable pressures with what feels like relentless growth in requests for imaging. Detailed analysis and job plan reviews can identify where there pressures are in the system, test by test, and allow a refinement of the workforce planning which will not only ease the pressure on staff, reduce any inefficiencies but improve access for patients to this critical service.

Through partnership with the clinical leads and interviews with all available staff, issues are identified and plans developed. These may be recruitment plans, revised timetabling or exploring extended roles.

Medical Workforce and Medical Staffing

Medical workforce planning and Medical Staffing are two distinct but related areas in which we have expertise in both. Our associates include: HSJ and NHS North West Award winning ex members of the Junior Doctors Advisory Team; ex members of the Consultant Contract Implementation Team; ex Medical Staffing Managers; Operational Managers; and Clinical Directors from a range of specialties.

We also have experience of supporting Trusts in successful resolution of pay banding appeals and recruitment of both Junior Doctors and Consultants.

We are therefore able to offer: Job plan reviews across all specialities which include alignment of workforce to activity and team job planning; Junior Doctor rota design and review; Monitoring analysis; Pay banding appeal support; and reviews of Trust medical staffing functions.

Nurse Staffing

Nurse Staffing is so much more than nurse to bed ratios. As with all areas, there is fluctuation in attendance and admissions, length of stay, acuity and skill mix requirements and local nuances such as ward and department design, recruitment issues etc…

We have access to both the clinicians working on the front line as ward sisters and managers and the analytical capability to deliver bespoke nurse staffing reviews that consider all the elements specific to a Trust.

Our reviews keep patient care at the centre whilst producing the most efficient workforce plans for Trusts.


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Tel.: 07890 435533
Tel.:01743 249992
Fax: 01743 249995
Email: matthew.bluck@kendallbluckconsulting.com