NHS Board projected staff in post changes 2017-2018

Workforce planning projections based on staff in post whole time equivalent (WTE), showing potential effect on each board’s workforce.

7. Further information

The data above, and below in Appendix 1, contribute towards the Scottish Government’s analysis of NHS board’s workforce plans. Each NHS board will publish their respective workforce plan by the end of 2017.

All staff group definitions in this publication match the ISD Scotland national statistics publication on NHSScotland workforce.

The next three publications ISD Scotland are due to release on NHSScotland’s workforce are on the following dates:

  • 5 September 2017 (workforce as at 30 June 2017);
  • 5 December 2017 (workforce as at 30 September 2017); and
  • 6 March 2018 (workforce as at 31 December 2017).

Please see the link to ISD Scotland’s publications in Section 8.

In previous years, the Scottish Government produced a workforce publication on the progress towards the 25% reduction in senior management posts. This target was met and exceeded in 2015, so is no longer reported on. Please note that the senior management definition within this national target is different from the management (non AfC) figure used in both the ISD national statistics publication on NHSScotland workforce, and the Scottish Government publication on NHSScotland workforce projections.

Follow the link to the publication in Section 8 for an explanation of these differences.

Part 1 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan was published on 28 June 2017 and sets out how the Scottish Government will work with partners to secure sustainable NHS staffing.

Follow the link to the publication in Section 8.

We are currently establishing a new National Workforce Planning Group to support implementation of the Plan’s recommendations.

Part 2 of the Plan will be published jointly with COSLA in Autumn 2017. This approach will enable different workforce planning systems to take stock, and move forward incrementally towards improved integrated planning across the full social care landscape.

We will also publish a supplement following the conclusion of the General Medical Services contract negotiations in late 2017, of which workforce planning is a key part. Investment in an enhanced multi-disciplinary workforce will be integral to supporting a new GP contract and this will help to address workforce challenges for GPs in the Primary Care sector.


Email: Joanne Collins or Mark Henrichsen,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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