Date lodged: 8 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many clinical nurse specialists are employed by the NHS.
Answered by: Shona Robison 22 June 2016
As at 30 September 2015 there were 2,035.3 whole time equivalent (WTE) clinical nurse specialists in NHSScotland – an increase of 689.1 WTE, or 51.2 per cent under this government*.
In 2015-16 this government invested over £2.4 million of recurring funding to enhance access to specialist nursing and care, including the appointment of additional specialist nurses in NHS boards.
*(Source: 2006 ISD(M)50, Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland; 2015 Scottish Workforce Information Standard System (SWISS); ISD Scotland)