This document provides an analysis of the responses received to a second consultation launched by the Scottish Government on 22 January 2018 and closing on 20 February 2018, along with 3 regional events held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
The discussion document invited views on proposals to introduce legislation that would require organisations providing health and social care to apply nationally agreed, evidence-based workload and workforce planning methodologies and tools; ensure that key principles - notably consideration of professional judgement, local context and quality measures - underpin workload and workforce planning and inform staffing decisions; and monitor and report on how they have done this and provide assurance regarding safe and effective staffing.
A total of 73 responses were received to the consultation via the Scottish Government's Citizen Space consultation hub. Of these, 31 were received from organisations and 42 from individuals. The types of organisations that responded were: Health and Social Care Partnership (3), Independent or Third sector health or social care organisation or committee (6), NHS based professional body or committee (1), NHS Body or Board (8), Other public body (5), Professional body, group or union (8).
A total of 182 people attended the consultation events, with 26 discussion groups held.
The discussion document asked respondents to consider the importance of a coherent legislative framework covering health and social care, monitoring of requirements, whether there should be guiding principles (and what these should cover), opinions on requirements for Health Boards, how future tools and methodologies should be developed and the support required, the inclusion of social work, and any potential risks that should be taken into account.
The responses received to the online discussion document and local events have been used to further develop and inform the legislation, with the Bill due to be introduced to Parliament before the summer recess 2018.