Date lodged: 12 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether the Specialist Nursing and Care Fund will support the provision of clinical nurse specialists in 2018 and, if so, how.
Answered by: Shona Robison 24 January 2018
Clinical nurse specialists make a valued contribution to delivering services and supporting patients and families who require specialist care. The Scottish Government has invested £2.5 million annually in the Specialist Nursing and Care Fund since 2015. The majority of this funding (£2.2m) has been transferred to NHS Boards' baseline funding.
As of May 2017, reports from NHS Boards show that specialist nursing capacity had been enhanced through the additional investment from the fund by 31.35 WTE and these roles are supporting and caring for patients and families affected by a wide range of conditions, across the life spectrum and across hospital and community settings.
In addition, and as part of the wider effort, the Scottish Government has fulfilled its pledge to double the number of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) clinical nurse specialists and ensure that they are paid from public funds.
A report of how NHS Boards used the additional funding (as at May 2017) can be found in the 'Report on the Specialist Nursing and Care Fund' published in September 2017 which can be accessed via this link http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/09/7753