The number of NHS staff is expected to increase by more than
1,400 whole time posts this year, according to officials statistics
report, which looks at projected staff numbers across
Scotland's NHS boards, predicts a rise of 1,414.2 whole time
equivalent (WTE) posts, a 1% rise.
Nursing and midwifery is expected to see the largest projected
rise, accounting for 42% of the additional posts, with an extra
594.9 WTE positions, a 1% increase. The medical group is projected
to increase by 206.6 posts (up 1.7%), allied health professionals
by 191.5 posts (up 1.7%) and ambulance services by 91.1 posts (up
Health Secretary Shona Robison said:
"There are record numbers of staff across Scotland's health
service, and these projected figures show that we are on track
to continue that increase in the year ahead.
"The largest proportion of these increases are expected to be in
the nursing and midwifery staff group. To continue this, we have
committed to create an additional 2,600 training places for nurses
and midwives over the next four years.
"Increasing staff numbers is important, but we are also focussed
on making sure we develop and retain the flexible workforce we
need. This is backed up by other measures in our workforce
strategy, such as extended 'return to practice' programmes and
improved recruitment and retention schemes, particularly in rural
Source - Scottish Government Website.