Date lodged: 24 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government when all of the people required to staff the GP Link Worker Programme will be in place.
Answered by: Shona Robison 6 June 2017
The Scottish Government has committed to recruiting 250 Links Workers during the lifetime of this parliament, with at least 40 being recruited by September this year. In implementing the programme from April to September 2017 there is a focus on sustaining and developing existing and effective Links Worker programmes which meet the core components. These ‘early adopters’ are specifically, Glasgow: 14 practices, Dundee: 11 practices, Edinburgh: 9 practices, Inverclyde: 6 practices and North Ayrshire: 4 practices. Plans for the recruitment of Links Workers beyond September 2017 are currently in development.