To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage career development for staff involved in the nursing of babies requiring intensive or special care by improving entry and professional development training and reviewing current gradings.
The Scottish Executive is committed to ensuring that professionals in the NHS have the necessary experience, skills and competencies to provide skilled care. We are determined to ensure a clear career structure which places nurses and midwives at the centre of neonatal care. To this end we are funding 18 nurses and midwives to complete the two year advanced neonatal nurse practitioner course.
Health boards, as NHS employers, are required by the mandatory Staff Governance Standard to ensure that all their staff, which includes their nursing and midwifery staff, are appropriately trained for the environment they work in. The Staff Governance Standard is monitored by the Scottish Partnership Forum and in that way the performance of each individual health board is monitored.