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S5W-11957: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the future workforce requirements of (a) registered nurses and (b) health care support workers in care homes.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2017

We are working with all major stakeholders across Health and Social Care, including NHSScotland Boards, COSLA, Scottish Care and other organisations as we take the Plan forward.

  • Part 1 of the Plan focuses on NHSScotland workforce planning and was published on 28 June 2017.

  • Part 2, covering the Social Care workforce, will be published jointly with COSLA later this year. This approach will enable different workforce planning systems to take stock, and move forward incrementally towards improved integrated planning across the full Social Care landscape.

  • Part 3, covering the workforce in primary care, will be published following the conclusion of GMS contract negotiations.

The National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan will strengthen and harmonise workforce planning practice, take full account of the future demand for safe and high quality services for Scotland’s people and help to more accurately identify and address gaps in supply, including within the Social Care workforce.