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Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019

The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 has been passed into law, and Scottish Ministers are expected to publish accompanying guidance prior to implementation of the full Act. That guidance is expected to be published in 2020.

The purpose of the Act is to ensure that at all times suitably qualified and competent individuals, from such a range of professional disciplines as necessary, are working in such numbers as are appropriate for the health, wellbeing and safety of patients, the provision of safe and high-quality health care, and in so far as it affects either of those matters, the wellbeing of staff.

In order to serve that purpose, the Act implements 10 new duties on Health Boards in Scotland:

  • Duty to ensure appropriate staffing
  • Duty to ensure appropriate staffing: agency workers
  • Duty to have real-time staffing assessment in place
  • Duty to have risk escalation process in place
  • Duty to have arrangements to address severe and recurrent risks
  • Duty to seek clinical advice on staffing
  • Duty to ensure appropriate staffing: number of registered healthcare professionals etc.
  • Duty to ensure adequate time given to clinical leaders
  • Duty to ensure appropriate staffing: training of staff
  • Duty to follow common staffing method

At present the Healthcare Staffing team is engaging with professional leads and other interested parties to ensure that the effects of the legislation are fully understood, and that appropriate preparations are underway to ensure NHSGGC can be considered fully compliant once all of the duties listed above are implemented. A communications strategy is being developed, so you should expect to see much more information displayed in and around clinical areas closer to implementation of the Act. In the meantime if you would like a member of the Healthcare Staffing team to attend an event to speak about the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 please contact us.

Last Updated: 10 March 2020