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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10577: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 3 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the 500 additional health visitors committed to in 2014 are all whole time equivalent (WTE) or whether the figure will be a headcount of new health visitors regardless of working hours.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 August 2017

In 2014 the Scottish Government announced funding with the goal of increasing the Health Visitor workforce by 500 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) by the end of 2018.

WTE information provides a better indicator of total labour input than a simple headcount. It is useful to support workforce planning and therefore continues to be in demand.

It is for individual NHSScotland Boards to determine whether posts are filled by one person or through a number of part-time appointees.

ISD Scotland workforce data on Health Visitor staff in post is published as both WTE and as headcount and can be found on the workforce statistics website at:-

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/2017-06-06/Health_Visitors_M2017.xls