Date lodged: 26 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase nursing recruitment from within Scotland.
Answered by: Shona Robison 24 October 2017
The Scottish Government is taking forward a number of actions to support nursing recruitment and retention within Health Boards across Scotland. There are now over 3,000 more whole-time equivalent nursing and midwifery staff working in our NHS, as compared with 5 years ago.
In June 2017 we published Part 1 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan to help address current workforce planning challenges. To support this, we are investing an additional £40 million to create an estimated 2,600 extra training places over the next 4 years, as part of a wider package to support recruitment and retention efforts.
Furthermore, we have committed some £450,000 in a return-to-practice scheme, which has successfully engaged some 310 former nurses and midwives and is supporting them back into work within NHSScotland.