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  1. The Strategy for Our Veterans - taking the strategy forward in Scotland: refreshed action plan

    Refreshed action plan detailing how we intend to continue to take forward the Strategy for Our Veterans in Scotland.

  2. International recruitment of health and social care personnel: Scottish Code of Practice - August 2022 (revised)

    Update to the Scottish Code of Practice for the international recruitment of health and social care which ensure that all international recruitment undertaken in Scotland is ethical.

  3. Primary care services - mental health and wellbeing: resources

    Resource developed to support staff working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in mental health and wellbeing in primary care service. It provides a directory of additional sources of help and support to help all staff.

  4. Pay increase for medical and dental staff

    4.5% pay award for NHS workers.

  5. Neurological care and support - framework for action 2020-2025: midpoint progress report

    The midpoint progress report marks the halfway point in the 5 year framework. It highlights key achievements, challenges and future priorities for improving neurology services as we continue to implement the framework.

  6. Suicide prevention strategy and action plan drafts: consultation

    Consultation on drafts of a new suicide prevention strategy and action plan for Scotland.

  7. NHS receives George Cross

    Nurse accepts honour on behalf of NHS Scotland.

  8. Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support arrangements for social care providers

    Guidance on financial support for adult social care providers during the coronavirus pandemic.

  9. Medical trainee recruitment success

    Fill rate hits 95%.

  10. Increase in dentist appointments

    Easing of restrictions see thousands more patients seen.

  11. Protecting health and care workers

    Timetable announced for safe staffing legislation.

  12. Record pay deal for NHS Scotland staff

    NHS Agenda for Change workers offered 5% pay rise. 

  13. NHS Scotland recruitment boost

    Additional healthcare staff and international nurses join NHS workforce

  14. Carrick Glen hospital bought by NHS Ayrshire & Arran

    Facility to become new National Treatment Centre.

  15. Apprenticeships key to supporting NHS

    Delivering quality workforce.

  16. Dental services for all

    Revised arrangements will reward dentists for seeing more NHS patients.

  17. NHS workforce at new record high

    Staff levels increase for ten consecutive years.

  18. Looking after social work and social care staff

    New £1 million fund for workforce wellbeing.

  19. Placements help pandemic response

    Around 12,000 students support healthcare delivery.

  20. Expansion to NHS 24

    New call centre to support non-emergency healthcare needs

  21. Staff joining social care to have fees waived

    SSSC registration and PVG checks to be funded.

  22. Increasing mental health support in GP practices

    Funding to reach £40 million a year.

  23. Help for NHS during most difficult winter

    Measures to support remote treatment.

  24. Action to focus Test and Protect on those at highest risk

    Priority given to essential workers and those most at risk.

  25. COVID-19 cases on 28 December 2021

    Breakdown of daily figures over the festive break.

  26. Request for additional military personnel approved

    Support to help manage growing pressures.

  27. Nursing and midwifery student intake

    New trainee numbers double in last decade.

  28. Health Secretary festive message to workforce

    Heartfelt gratitude to health, social care and social work staff.

  29. Advice on visiting care homes and hospitals

    Visits to people in hospital and care homes to continue with additional measures of protection.

  30. Boosting support for the vaccination programme

    Request for additional military personnel approved.

  31. Professor Alex McMahon appointed Chief Nursing Officer

    Health Secretary hails “excellent leadership.”

  32. Social care staff urged to get booster

    Support available to ensure care workers can get vaccines and boosters.

  33. Record £18 billion for health and social care

    Budget focus on pandemic recovery.

  34. New Plan for endoscopy and urology

    £70 million to ensure faster diagnosis.

  35. General Practice support over Winter and beyond

    £30 million will help support more face-to-face appointments.

  36. Contact tracing workforce safeguarded

    £33.1 million to retain over 500 posts.

  37. New guidance for A&E departments

    Delivering the right care in the right place for patients.

  38. More measures to improve A&E waiting times

    Further £10 million winter funding for NHS.

  39. Increasing vaccination capacity

    Military to support national Autumn/Winter vaccination programme.

  40. Expanding Scotland’s medical workforce

    £32 million for 139 additional trainee doctors.

  41. Additional funding to tackle COVID-19

    £482 million for pandemic costs.

  42. NHS Scotland Academy

    £9 million to enhance health workforce.

  43. Caring for those who care for us

    Wellbeing support for staff in health and social care.

  44. Improving working conditions for junior doctors

    48 hour working week remains the long term goal post-pandemic.

  45. Over £300 million new winter investment for health and care

    Record winter funding package to help increase NHS and social care capacity this winter.

  46. Coronavirus (COVID-19): £500 payment for health and social care staff - questions and answers

    Answers to frequently asked questions by health and social care staff following the announcement of a £500 payment for staff, by the First Minister on 30 November 2020.

  47. Almost 300 extra ambulance staff being recruited

    Additional service resources after £20 million investment.

  48. NHS Recovery Plan

    More than £1 billion to improve care and tackle backlog.

  49. NHS medical and dental staff awarded 3% pay rise

    Recognition of efforts during pandemic means workers continue to be best paid in UK.

  50. Senior health appointments

    Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officers announced.

  51. More staff to bolster Test and Protect

    Health Secretary says changes are working.

  52. £10,000 bursary for paramedic students

    Support scheme to be introduced this year.

  53. Social care Personal Assistants to receive £500 payment

    Dedicated portal to reach last group of social care workers.

  54. NHSScotland 'Once for Scotland' workforce policies - homeworking policy: consultation

    The 'Once for Scotland' Workforce Policies Programme is designed to review and transform existing workforce policies (previously known as Partnership Information Network (PIN) Policies). This consultation focuses on the homeworking policy.

  55. Remobilising NHS dentists

    £5 million to help meet safety standards and see more patients.

  56. Accelerating the vaccination programme

    Military to help increase number of appointments.

  57. NHS staffing reaches record high

    Over 150,000 workers now employed.

  58. Pay rise for NHS workers

    Increase of 4% to be implemented.  

  59. Advanced nursing practice - transforming nursing roles: phase two

    Follow-up paper to the Transforming Roles paper on Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) published in December 2017.

  60. Nursing and midwifery students - support: 2021 to 2022

    Booklet explaining available funding to new students undertaking pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery degree programmes in Scotland in 2021 to 2022.

  61. Pay rise for NHS Scotland staff

    Uplift for Agenda for Change health workers.

  62. Fair pay for social care workers

    Staff to be paid at least the Real Living Wage.

  63. More mental health workers recruited

    Improving access to dedicated professionals.

  64. Nursing and midwifery student numbers to increase

    Mental health focus to support pandemic recovery.

  65. Patient Safety Commissioner role for Scotland: consultation

    This paper seeks views on what the Patient Safety Commissioner role should look like; who it should report to; and how the role should interact with existing legislation and policies, as well as with the various organisations involved in providing and improving health and care services in Scotland.

  66. Specialist support for health and social care staff

    Confidential mental health workforce service.

  67. NHS staff interim pay rise

    Increase for 154,000 Agenda for Change health workers.

  68. Support for dental students

    Bursary available for those who need to repeat a year.

  69. One million people vaccinated

    Milestone reached as programme continues to pick up pace.

  70. Vaccine programme exceeds expectations

    786,427 people have received first dose.

  71. Community testing to begin in Fife

    Next asymptomatic test site to open from Wednesday. 

  72. Mental health support for health and social care staff

    Frontline workers to get specialist help.

  73. Vaccines reach 113,459 people

    Roll-out continues across Scotland.

  74. Community testing to be introduced from January

    Targeted approach planned for high prevalence areas.

  75. Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter supporting the healthcare science workforce throughout the second COVID-19 wave

    Letter from the four countries Chief Healthcare Science Officers regarding the second wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  76. New app to support Covid vaccine rollout

    Vaccinators can use the tool in any healthcare setting.

  77. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students: open letter - December 2020

    Letter sent by the Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Midwifery Officer and Chief Allied Health Professions Officer to students on Friday 11 December 2020.

  78. Staff ready to administer COVID-19 vaccine

    First Minister visits vaccination centre.  

  79. Health and Social Care staff reflect on impact of Covid-19 pandemic

    Survey reveals pride in service and achievements, despite challenges

  80. £500 bonus for health and social care staff

    Pandemic workforce thanked for their service.

  81. Supporting health and social care staff

    Key workers are using National Wellbeing Hub.

  82. More support for medical specialties

    £8.5 million for additional trainees in pandemic response.

  83. PPE Action Plan

    Ensuring protection for those who need it.

  84. Clinical and scientific review of testing

    Testing capacity on track to reach 65,000.

  85. Medical degrees at the University of St. Andrews

    Bill to remove archaic legislative prohibition.

  86. Recruitment rates for future medics

    Specialist medical trainee places are 97% full.

  87. Adapting NHS resources to respond to COVID-19

    More than 300 patients treated at NHS Louisa Jordan.

  88. NHS pay award for medical and dental staff

  89. More mental health support for health and social care staff

    New helpline will provide round the clock service.

  90. NHS Louisa Jordan to help health service recovery

    Hospital will support planned non-COVID healthcare and staff training.

  91. Nursing and midwifery students update: letter from Chief Nursing Officer

    Professor Fiona McQueen provides an update to students about the revised programme delivery.

  92. Coronavirus (COVID-19): allied health professionals’ role in rehabilitation

    Four nations statement on allied health professionals’ role in rehabilitation during and after COVID-19.

  93. Enhanced safety for health and social care staff

    Routine testing of workforce extended as more services resume.

  94. Remobilisation of NHS Dental services

    Urgent care to be made widely available.

  95. Restarting more health services

    Careful resumption of paused services.

  96. Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design: the framework for NHS Scotland

    Sets out how health boards will safely and incrementally prioritise the resumption of some paused services, while maintaining COVID-19 capacity and resilience.

  97. Supporting Scotland’s social care workers

    Plans for death in service cover and enhancements to statutory sick pay.

  98. Unique support for health and social care

    New resources for staff, carers, volunteers and their families. 

  99. Increase in PPE production

    Expansion of Scottish manufacturing of gowns.

  100. Coronavirus (COVID-19): indemnity provision for nurses - Chief Nursing Officer letter

    Letter from Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer, about indemnity provision for nurses working across NHS and primary care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  101. Testing expansion

    Target reached as capacity increases.

  102. Health and social care support

    Thousands come forward to help in COVID-19 emergency.

  103. Securing vital COVID-19 supplies for Scotland

    Offers of help from more than 1,600 businesses and individuals.

  104. Pay rise for social care staff

    Immediate wage increase and sick pay provision.

  105. Protecting the social care workforce

    Joint statement on PPE guidance.

  106. Nursing and midwifery students step up to join coronavirus workforce

    Thousands offer their skills to support response.

  107. Funding for community pharmacies

    £5.5m to ease coronavirus pressures.

  108. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for medical, nursing and midwifery students

    Guidance on student support for medical, nursing and midwifery students during the COVID-19 outbreak. This guidance is not current.

  109. Coronavirus support from returning staff and students

    Health Secretary’s ‘thank you’ to those supporting the NHS.

  110. Protecting our frontline staff

    Updated PPE guidance issued for health and social care workers.

  111. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - biomedical science students: letter from Healthcare Science Officer

    Open letter to final year biomedical science students asking them to agree to become part of their local health and social care workforce to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic from Karen Stewart, Healthcare Science Officer, Scottish Government.

  112. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - allied health professional students: letter from Chief Allied Health Professions Officer

    Open letter to final year allied health professional students within the last 6 months of study asking them to agree to become part of their local health and social care workforce to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic from Carolyn McDonald, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer.

  113. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - appeal to rejoin the GPhC register: Chief Pharmaceutical Officer letter

    Letter from the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr appealing to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to rejoin the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  114. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - key workers definition and status: letter from Cabinet Secretary and COSLA

    Letter from the Cabinet Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP and Cllr Stuart Currie, COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, to all the Integration Joint Boards and local authorities about the definition and status of key workers including links to useful information and guidance.

  115. Protection for health and social care staff

    Improved distribution system for vital equipment.

  116. COVID-19 testing to get key workers back to work

    Household members with symptoms to be tested.

  117. Supporting coronavirus key workers

    Further guidance to employers published.

  118. Emergency coronavirus powers

    UK Coronavirus Bill supported by MSPs.

  119. New NHS 24 arrangements for coronavirus

    Patients with concerns about symptoms advised to dial 111 if they need help.

  120. Childcare provision for key workers

    Criteria provided to local authorities to determine local need.

  121. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - call for additional health professionals: Chief Nursing Officer letter

    A letter from the Chief Nursing Officer, Fiona McQueen calling for additional health professionals to return to the NHS to help with the current public health emergency.

  122. £320 million package of support for businesses

    Immediate action in response to COVID-19.

  123. Improving NHS workplace culture

    Whistleblowers given a voice.

  124. Satisfaction remains high amongst health and social care staff

    Results of staff experience survey published.

  125. Health and social care staff experience: report 2019

    Independent report by Webropol providing detailed information and analysis of staff experience in Health and Social Care.

  126. EU citizens encouraged to stay in Scotland

    Health Secretary urges EU nationals to continue to work in Scotland’s NHS.

  127. NHS Scotland Agenda for Change (AFC) Pay Deal for 2018-21: EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the NHS Scotland Agenda for Change (AFC) Pay Deal for 2018-21.

  128. Strengthening NHS leadership

    Building capacity and increasing support.

  129. Sustaining the Commitment - update: easy read version

    Easy read version of updates and next steps from the 4 UK Chief Nursing Officers on the actions from the 2012 publication Strengthening the Commitment about learning disability nursing.

  130. Supporting rural GPs

    Health Secretary accepts recommendations.

  131. Continuity of carer and local delivery of care: implementation framework

    Framework to enable maternity services to access useful tools, resources and information to implement continuity of carer and local delivery of care, and track progress.

  132. Sustaining the Commitment: update report

    Updates and next steps from the 4 UK Chief Nursing Officers on the actions from the 2012 publication Strengthening the Commitment about learning disability nursing.

  133. Sustainable health and social care services

    UK’s first integrated workforce plan published.

  134. Health and social care: integrated workforce plan

    Sets out our future workforce requirements in a national context and provides revised workforce planning guidance to health and social care employers.

  135. Attracting more people into frontline healthcare

    Rise in number of people training to be GPs.

  136. Changes to protect NHS staff

    Action on pensions to maintain services.

  137. Strengthening the hospital workforce

    70 extra frontline medical trainees.

  138. NHS Scotland winter funding

    Targeting seasonal pressures.

  139. Allied health professions LifecurveTM survey: summary report on respondents with communication support needs

    Summary of the main findings from a major survey of clients of allied health professionals (AHPs), focused on survey respondents who reported having communication support needs.

  140. Allied health professions LifecurveTM survey: report on respondents with communication support needs

    Provisional analysis of findings from a major survey of clients of allied health professionals (AHPs), focused on survey respondents who reported having communication support needs.

  141. More posts for trainee doctors

    Funding for Foundation Training.

  142. NHS Board projected staff in post changes for 2019-2020

    Workforce projections for 2019-2020, based on staff in post whole time equivalent (WTE).

  143. Rise in medical trainee recruitment

    Fill rates are up 4% on last year.

  144. Nursing and midwifery students - support: 2019 to 2020

    Booklet explaining available funding to new students undertaking nursing and midwifery degree programmes in Scotland in 2019-2020.

  145. Protecting frontline health services

    Scottish Government to meet cost of NHS employer pension changes.

  146. Safe NHS staffing law passed

    Health And Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill passes Stage 3.

  147. Maternity Care Survey 2018

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  148. Increase in mental health workforce

    Progress towards 800 additional workers in key settings.

  149. £50m support for GP practices

    Help to make general practice more attractive. 

  150. More support for student nurses and midwives

    First Minister confirms bursary will rise to £10,000 by 2020.

  151. Retired nurses and midwives to share knowledge in new mentor role

    Newly qualified nurses and midwives will receive mentoring from recently retired NHS staff.

  152. 9% pay rise for NHS workers

    Scottish health service staff get UK’s most generous pay deal.

  153. Fast-track midwife education

    Funding to ensure more midwives across the north of Scotland.

  154. Transforming nursing, midwifery and health professions roles: introduction

    The first in a series of brief papers on the Transforming Roles programme focuses on the background, policy context and education framework.

  155. Everyone matters: 2020 workforce vision implementation plan 2018-2020

    This is the fifth implementation for NHS Boards, Scottish Government and others to deliver the 2020 Workforce Vision strategy.

  156. Nursing 2030 vision

    The Chief Nursing Officer's long term strategy to shape the future of the nursing workforce.

  157. The active and independent living programme 2016-2020

    Framework for health professionals to work in partnership with people in Scotland to help them live healthy, active and independent lives.

  158. Allied Health Professional (AHP) Musculoskeletal Pathway Framework (National Minimum Standard)

    The National Standards will provide a focus on the clinical pathway for AHPs working closely with medical and other colleagues to improve Musculoskeletal services.

  159. Everyone matters: 2020 health workforce vision

    This vision recognises the vital role of the workforce in responding to the challenges that NHSScotland is facing.

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