– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 2nd March 2006.

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Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat

Question S2W-22924

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is a shortage of neo-natal nurses and, if so, what plans it has to increase recruitment.

Photo of Lewis Macdonald Lewis Macdonald Labour

We are on track to achieve the Partnership Agreement target of attracting 12,000 nurses and midwives into NHSScotland by 2007. This target is associated with all qualified nurses and midwives, including neonatal nurses. Information on neonatal nurses is not collected separately.

The Scottish Executive published the National Workforce Planning Framework 2005 in August 2005 which sets out a workforce planning cycle at national, regional and NHS board level. This planning cycle allows for a bottom up evidence based approach to future staffing numbers across all staff groups, including nurses and midwives. Workforce forecasts contained within NHS board workforce plans will help inform national decisions on future training numbers and supply.

A Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing subgroup of the Nursing and Midwifery Workload and Workforce Planning Steering Group has been established to consider appropriate workload measurement tools to be piloted across NHSScotland. This will assist with overall action for workforce planning purposes.

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