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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12325: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve morale among nurses and to tackle any workload pressures that they face.

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 November 2017

The welfare of NHS staff is critically important, every health board is required to have policies in place and to comply with national policies on managing health at work, which includes activity to support staff wellbeing.

Scotland has led the UK in the development of nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning tools. A Nation with Ambition – the Government’s Programme for Scotland 2017-18, published on 7 September 2017, published our commitment to introduce Safe Staffing legislation, enshrining our world leading workforce planning tools in law, commencing with the nursing and midwifery professions.

The Nursing 2030 Vision, launched by the Chief Nursing Officer earlier this year, sets a direction for nursing through to 2030. It recognises that when nurses are happy and valued, patient outcomes improve and services flourish. The Vision prioritises activity to support nurses’ health and wellbeing.