The Council of Deans of Health Scotland has welcomed the Integrated Health and Social Care Workforce Plan published by Scottish government. The plan commits to increasing the student nursing and midwifery intake by 5%, from 4,006 to 4,206 in 2020/21, as well increasing places for some allied health professions such as radiography and physiotherapy.
Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
“The Council of Deans of Health Scotland welcomes the expansion of education places for healthcare programmes. It is vital that we have sufficient capacity to deliver the numbers of health and social care staff required for the long-term.”
The plan also commits to Scottish Government working with the higher education sector over the next 12 months to build ‘a strategic approach to workforce planning education and skills for the health and social care workforce’.
Dr Kolyva said:
“We are committed to working with government to ensure a sustainable healthcare workforce that meets the needs of the future Scottish population and welcome the collaborative approach to workforce planning.”