Publication - Consultation paper

Health and social care: safe and effective staffing consultation

Published: 12 Apr 2017
Chief Nursing Officer Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care

Consultation on proposals to enshrine safe staffing in law, starting with the nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning tools.

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Health and social care: safe and effective staffing consultation
2. This Consultation

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2. This Consultation

2.1 This consultation paper invites views on proposals to introduce legislation that will require organisations providing health and social care services to apply nationally agreed, evidence based workload and workforce planning framework, 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; monitor and report on how they have done this and provide assurance regarding safe and effective staffing.

2.2 The introduction of these requirements are intended to further ensure - and assure - safe and effective staffing and strengthen and enhance the arrangements already in place to support continuous improvements in workforce planning and employment practice across Scotland.

2.3 The proposals build on the progress made through the Nursing and Midwifery Workload and Workforce Planning Programme. Ongoing experience and learning from this programme, nationally and locally, will inform detailed development of the proposed legislation.

2.4 This paper has been divided into the following sections:

3: Existing approaches

4: Proposed requirements on organisations

5: Monitoring of the statutory requirements

6: Equality Considerations

7: Responding to the consultation paper

Annex A: Consultation Questionnaire and Respondent Information Form

Annex B: Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment


Email: Dawn Sungu

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road