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Investment in nurse training

Monday April 30th, 2018

£6.9m as part of primary care workforce plan (April 30th).Government Opportunities

Improved nursing care provided closer to home will be made available – thanks to almost £7 million being invested in training.

The funding will ensure the existing nurse workforce have the skills to even better meet the needs of people requiring care in their own homes, GP practices or in other community settings.

The new Primary Care Workforce Plan sets out commitments to significantly expand and strengthen primary care across Scotland and prepare against the challenges of ‘Brexit’ in NHS Scotland.

Following the introduction of the new GP contract, the plan emphasises the importance of highly skilled multi-disciplinary teams to ensure all patients continue to receive high quality care.

It also outlines plans to support the recruitment of an additional 800 GPs over the next ten years, plus an annual investment of £35 million by 2022 for an extra 800 mental health workers in key locations such as A&E departments, GP practices, police stations and prisons.

Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP said:

“A strong and professional workforce is at the centre of the success of Scotland’s health and social system. The investment in nurse training will mean that more patients are treated in the community and ensure the sustainability of a multi-disciplinary team approach.

“Scotland is leading the way on workforce planning and I am proud that we are the first nation in the UK to publish a plan that not only puts community care at its heart, but also helps prepare us for the expected challenges Brexit may bring for our workforce.”

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