Date lodged: 9 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment in the Bliss Scotland baby report 2017, that "four out of ten [neonatal] units reported that lack of funding for training and development was a barrier, with a number of units noting that were funding for QIS [qualification in speciality] and Advanced Neonatal Nurse Medical Practitioner training was readily available, funding for other training was difficult to find".
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 7 March 2017
The Scottish Government has provided funding to support the establishment and delivery of Qualified in Speciality and Advance Neonatal Nurse Practitioner training in Scotland for the last four years. We expect all NHS Boards to ensure that their neonatal staff are appropriately trained to the required levels to deliver safe care. I announced that analysis of future workforce requirements will be a key priority for the group tasked with implementing the recommendations of the review of Maternity and Neonatal Services.