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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12710: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on increasing the number of clinical nurse specialists in the NHS.

Answered by: Shona Robison 21 November 2017

Clinical nurse specialists make a valued contribution to delivering services and supporting patients and families who require specialist care. The Scottish Government has invested £2.5 million annually in the Specialist Nursing and Care Fund since 2015. NHS Boards across Scotland have benefited from the investment and have used the funding to enhance specialist nursing and care in ways that reflect local needs. At May 2017, reports from NHS Boards show that specialist nursing capacity had been enhanced through the additional investment by 31.35 whole time equivalents (WTE) and these roles are supporting and caring for patients and families affected by a wide range of conditions, across the life spectrum and across hospital and community settings.

In addition, and as part of this wider effort, the Scottish Government has fulfilled its pledge to double the number of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) clinical nurse specialists and ensure that they are paid from public funds.