Date lodged: 11 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Royal College of Nursing's reported comment that long shifts and stressful working conditions contribute to unhealthy lifestyles for nursing staff.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 January 2019
I acknowledge that more can be done to improve the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s nurses that is why The Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland published the ‘Nursing 2030 Vision: Promoting Confident, Competent and Collaborative Nursing for Scotland’s Future ’ in July 2017. This report sets the direction for the nursing profession across Scotland through to 2030 and acknowledges the importance of promoting nurses’ health and wellbeing. To support the implementation of the Nursing 2030 Vison, a detailed action plan, with a national oversight, is currently being developed. The action plan will be the mechanism for setting out how the Scottish Government intends to make the ideas in the Vision a reality over the short, medium and long term for nurses.
Shift patterns are set locally and in partnership between management and Staff Side representatives and must conform to Working Time Directive rules. If there were concerns about a particular shift pattern, this can be discussed as part of ongoing local partnership working.