Date lodged: 10 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how much funding in the new GP contract will be used each year for the provision of link workers, broken down by NHS board.
Answered by: Shona Robison 31 May 2018
We are committed to delivering 250 link workers to work in GP surgeries and direct people to local services and support. As set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Integration Authorities (IAs), NHS Boards, the British Medical Association and the Scottish Government, (published November 2017), IAs are responsible for working with GPs, the third sector and other stakeholders to plan community links worker services locally, ensuring the needs of their local population are identified and addressed, starting with areas of socio-economic deprivation. This need should be reflected in the three-year Primary Care Improvement Plans being to be submitted by IAs by July 2018.
Links workers are one of six key priorities for the new GP contract. These priorities will be delivered by IAs, in line with their Primary Care Improvement Plans, through use of the Primary Care Improvement Fund (PCIF) – a key element of Scottish Government’s Primary Care Fund. An annual funding letter to IAs, including breakdowns of the PCIF to NHS Board and IA level, is in preparation and, once finalised, will be placed on SPICe. It is not possible to provide a breakdown of the PCIF into individual priorities, as commissioning and spending decisions within the allocation will be made by IAs as part of the Primary Care Improvement Plan process.