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Sustainable health and social care services

Tuesday December 17th, 2019

UK’s first integrated workforce plan published.medical_6945945Med

Scotland will introduce the UK’s first integrated health and social care workforce plan, which includes the creation of a new national thrombectomy service.

Created in partnership with COSLA, the plan sets out how health and social care services will meet growing demand and ensure there are enough staff with the right skills in place across health and social care services.

This includes an increase of 375 Whole Time Equivalent district nurses over the next five years and an 8.6% increase in the number of Mental Health Officers (MHOs) employed by local authorities. An additional 60 training places for Clinical Psychologists will also be created – furthering action already underway to grow the mental health workforce in Scotland by 800.

Student nursing intake will also increase for the eighth consecutive year, up by 5%, creating 4,206 places for 2020-21.

The plan also announces a new training programme, already underway at NHS Tayside, to upskill Interventional Radiologists in Mechanical Thrombectomy (MT). Backed by £600,000 from the Scottish Government it is envisaged the programme will be rolled out across the country with the first patients undergoing the procedure towards the end of next year.

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