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The National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan

Published in June 2017 the 2017/18 National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan (Part 1) covers NHS Scotland and:

  • Aims to support NHS Scotland organisations, including independent NHS contractors in the community, to identify, develop, retain and support the workforce they need to deliver safe and sustainable services to Scotland’s people;
  • Will enable NHS Scotland organisations to work together over time to broaden this aim in order to help deliver a whole system approach to health and social care;
  • Provides an overview of the current NHS Scotland workforce and an assessment of what it could look like in the future;
  • Sets out how improved workforce planning can benefit NHS Scotland services at national, regional and local levels.

Part 1 of the Plan has made workforce planning recommendations specific to NHS Scotland.

Parts 2 (Social Care) and 3 (GP supplement) of this Plan (to be published in late 2017, early 2018) will recommend actions for different parts of the system and will be undertaken using a phased approach, reflecting on-going discussions between NHS Scotland, local authorities, primary care, professional and regulatory bodies, trade unions, Integration Joint Boards and the third and independent sector.