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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14127: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what efforts are being made to recruit nurses who are trained in sexual health.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 1 February 2018

It is for NHS Boards to determine their recruitment requirements based on local need.

However, following the commitments in both the 2016-17 Programme for Government and the National Workforce Plan, published in June, we are planning to commission a further 2,600 nursing and midwifery training places over the next 3 years. 

The CNO Commission report, Widening Participation into Nursing and Midwifery Education and Careers, also sets out ways in which to maximise opportunities to participate in nursing and midwifery education and careers, recommending initiatives to remove current barriers of entry into nursing and midwifery training and careers.

We plan to create and fund further enhanced initiatives that are expected to result in a further 1,300 nurses and midwives working in Scotland.

Initiatives include:

  • Commission additional nursing and midwifery student training places;

  • Undertake a marketing campaign that tackles stereotypical images of nurses and midwives;

  • Strengthening the successful Return to Practice programme, which has already seen over 370 former nurses and midwives start this programme, with 257 completions to date;

  • Increase places for access programmes for healthcare support workers;

  • Provide funding to enable the Open University to double their intake numbers;

  • Finalise the review of the nursing and midwifery student bursary and consider specific funding packages for students in remote and rural areas;

  • Improve recruitment, retention and completion rates;