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Plan published to develop the health and social care workforce

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 28th June 2017

New workforce planning paper identifies a series of priorities to develop the health and social care workforce.

A new Scottish Government workforce planning paper has identified a series of priorities to identify and develop the health and social care workforce.

The National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan, published today,  sets out how the Scottish Government will work with partners to secure sustainable NHS staffing alongside  its programme of change in health and social care.

Commitments in the plan include:

  • An estimated 2,600 extra nursing and midwifery training places will be created.
  • Extended ‘return to practice’ programmes.
  • The establishment of a new National Workforce Planning group to oversee the recommendations.
  • Further work with health boards to strengthen the recruitment and retention of staff.
  • Improved national, regional and local planning to ensure staff resources are allocated effectively.

Cabinet Secretary, Shona Robison MSP, said: “Along with our existing actions to increase the number of doctors, these steps are part of wide ranging measures to support and sustain our workforce. They will be delivered in tandem with work to shift the balance of care, and to ensure roles keep pace with changing needs. We will work closely  with our partners in the coming months to finalise these plans.”

National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan Part 1 – a framework for improving workforce planning across NHS Scotland (This link will take you away from our website)

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