‚ÄčKendall Bluck Consulting & Clinical Workforce Associates

The Clinical Workforce Specialists

About Us

Kendall Bluck Consulting is a clinician-led healthcare consultancy firm specialising in workforce analysis, development, redesign and efficiency. Our healthcare consultancy is led by senior doctors, nurses and AHPs, supported by finance, HR, and operational managers, all with extensive NHS experience.

With over 25 years of clinical and non-clinical healthcare workforce and managerial experience gained in the UK, Middle East and Ireland, incorporating posts in medical HR, strategic health authorities, the North Western Deanery and three consultancy firms, Kendall Bluck has developed workforce methodologies that align staff to activity with the intention of improving patient care, staff work life balance, and the efficiency of clinical services, whilst maintaining the focus on patient care.

Through activity-driven workforce reviews and development planning Kendall Bluck Consulting help organisations make effective use of their clinical workforce. We review clinical utilisation and drive patient-orientated clinical service design.

Our hand-picked teams work in partnership with organisations to address the challenges presented by a modern healthcare system, adopting a future focussed approach. We help you enhance the environment in which your clinicians can deliver high quality patient care by maximising efficiency and productivity, all the while embracing and exploring innovation.

Our mission is to be a valued partner to the NHS, delivering services that offer a demonstrable improvement to our clients. This is underpinned by our values of honesty, integrity, transparency and innovation.

Medical Workforce and Medical Staffing

Medical workforce planning and medical staffing are two distinct but related areas in which we have considerable expertise. Our associates include HSJ and NHS North West award winning former members of the Junior Doctors Advisory Team; ex members of the Consultant Contract Implementation Team; former medical staffing managers; operational managers; and clinical directors from a range of specialities.

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.

Emergency Departments

Our Emergency Department reviews deliver bespoke workforce plans for trusts and health boards, 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 practising clinicians.

This analysis and clinical opinion provides trusts with monthly rosters for their departments area by area and a workforce and leave management plan which ensures that departments are staffed appropriately 365 days a year, enabling them to 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.

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, as well as recruitment issues.

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 our clients.


With over a quarter of a million imaging tests and counting 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 demand for imaging. Detailed analysis and job plan reviews can identify where the pressures are in the system, test by test, and allow a refinement of the workforce planning. This not only eases the pressure on staff by reducing any inefficiencies, but it also improves access for patients to this critical service.

Through working collaboratively with the clinical leads and conducting in-depth interviews with all available staff, issues are identified and appropriate plans developed. These range from recruitment plans, revised timetabling and exploring extended roles.


Tel.: 07890 435533
Tel.:01785 333495
Email: matthew.bluck@kendallbluckconsulting.com