Scotland: UK’S first integrated health and social care workforce plan

07 February 2020

Increased nurse training and recruitment in Scotland are among the steps set out in the first integrated health and social care workforce plan in the UK, which will try to meet growing service demand.

The plan includes 375 more whole-time equivalent district nurses over the next five years, and an increase in student nursing intake for the eighth consecutive year, up by 5%, creating 4206 places for 2020-21.

The Scottish Government has also confirmed it is ‘on track’ to meet its commitments to provide 250 additional school nurses by 2022, and ensure all young people over the age of 10 can access counselling services in every secondary school by September.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said the plan ‘will be invaluable in helping us to anticipate and respond to the changing and growing demand faced by our health and social care services’.

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