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S5W-13756: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13600 by Shona Robison on 9 January 2018, what specific actions are being taken to recruit staff at St John’s Hospital's paediatric service to ensure 24-hour consultant and Tier 2 (middle grade) cover, and what plans it has to consider new approaches to staff recruitment for the paediatric service.

Answered by: Shona Robison 23 January 2018

NHS Lothian advise that since the publication of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Report in 2016, the Board has undertaken six rounds of consultant recruitment, which has resulted in six consultants being in post. The Board continue to advertise for consultants on a planned regular basis.

It has been confirmed by NHS Lothian that in 2017 it recruited for two International Medical Fellowship Trainees without success. The Board intends to recruit through this scheme in 2018. Given that no trainees were recruited in 2017, NHS Lothian intends to use a different approach which is to advertise for fellowship posts linked to academic departments within the Board.

To support the Children's Ward at St John's, NHS Lothian advise that it is committed to strengthening its Advanced Nurse Practioner (ANP) workforce, with two internal members of staff currently being trained to undertake this role within the Children’s Ward. These members of staff are scheduled to be fully qualified during the winter of 2018. The Board's intention is to run an advertising campaign in 2018 for qualified ANPs whilst continuing to offer staff internally the opportunity to train as ANPs. These posts would support the Children's Ward at St John's Hospital.