Date lodged: 6 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to Audit Scotland's comment that "the Scottish Government has not yet adequately estimated what impact increasing and changing demand for services could have on the workforce or skills required to meet this need".
Answered by: Shona Robison 20 November 2017
Part 1 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan published on 28 June 2017 is clear on the need to project the future supply and demand of the NHSScotland workforce, using scenario planning to factor in future population demand and workforce supply changes such as retirals.
With strategic oversight from the National Workforce Planning Group set up under Part 1, the Scottish Government is working closely with stakeholders in NHSScotland and NHS Education Scotland to develop the workforce data and scenario planning capacity required to build an accurate picture of the workforce needed to deliver safe, high quality NHSScotland services in future.