NHS board projected staff in post changes for 2018-2019

NHS boards have been asked to provide workforce projections for 2018/19, as part of their planning process to assess if service redesign or changes in skill mix are required to best meet the needs of their population. These projections are based on staff

5. 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 2018.

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:

  • 4 September 2018 (workforce as at 30 June 2018);
  • 4 December 2018 (workforce as at 30 September 2018); and
  • 5 March 2019 (workforce as at 31 December 2018).


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 for an explanation of these differences. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/08/9870

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

Part 2 of the Plan, published jointly with COSLA was published in December 2017 and introduces a framework for improving workforce planning for social care in Scotland. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/2984

Part 3 of the Plan was published in April 2018 and sets out our strategy to recruit new and retain existing GPs, along with our plans for the wider primary care workforce.

We have established a new National Workforce Planning Group to support implementation of the recommendations arising from the 3 parts of the Plan.

This approach will enable different workforce planning systems to take stock, and move forward incrementally towards improved integrated planning across the full Health and Social Care landscape.

For further information please contact:

wpf@gov.scot in the first instance. Or:

Ana Rodriguez
Scottish Government
Health and Social Care Analysis
Email: Ana.Rodriguez@gov.scot
Tel: 0131 244 2414

Terri Thomson
Scottish Government
Workforce Planning Policy
Email: Terri.Thomson@gov.scot
Tel: 0131 244 3468


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