The way in which health and social care in Scotland is delivered is changing. The Scottish Government wants to shift the balance of care from hospital-based services to community-based services. Despite overall staff levels in the NHS being the highest level ever, the NHS in Scotland has seen increased use of temporary staffing to cover clinical vacancies. Alongside this, Scotland has an ageing population and this will contribute towards an increase in the complexity of health needs in the longer term. The NHS will need to adapt its workforce to meet these changing needs.
The NHS workforce audit will be split into two parts. This first audit will focus on the clinical workforce in acute hospitals, and will assess how well the clinical workforce in acute hospitals is managed to meet the demands of the Scottish population for acute services. A subsequent, future audit will focus on the preparedness of the general practice and community-based workforce to meet increased demand for local care provision.
Read our data briefing which pulls together published statistics on Scotland's NHS workforce and sets out the challenges we will explore in these audits.
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