The SNP Government is working to implement legislation designed to support the wellbeing of health and care staff and patients.
The Health and Care (Staffing) Act, passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2019, is the first workload and workforce planning legislation for the NHS and social care in Scotland. It aims to ensure appropriate staffing levels are in place to support high quality care for patients and service users.
Work will begin now, in conjunction with professional bodies, trade unions and staff, to develop guidance and tools to support the implementation of the legislation. Alongside this, NHS health boards will pilot and test the guidance and tools, and share learning across Scotland to support full implementation in 2024.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“While this legislation was passed before the COVID pandemic, the past two years only served to show how crucial it is that we look after health and care staff wellbeing as they face enormous pressures on a daily basis.”
“This this Act will help put the right people with the right skills are in the right place at the right time, ensuring the best outcomes for patients and service users.
The SNP Government will work with trade unions and employers in relation to producing the necessary guidance before full implementation of the Act’s provisions.
The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 was passed in the summer of 2019 and its implementation has been delayed by the pandemic.