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RCN: Authorities must urgently address workforce integration



Authorities in Scotland need to plan for the integration of the health and social care workforce as a “matter of urgency”, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland director, Theresa Fyffe, said today

Authorities in Scotland need to plan for the integration of the health and social care workforce as a “matter of urgency”, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland director, Theresa Fyffe, said today.

She is calling on Integration Authorities – who are a combination of NHS and local councils responsible for the integrated adult health and social care services budget – to create a long-term workforce strategy.

In four months the Integration Authorities (IAs) in Scotland take over responsibility for planning integrated health and social care services and managing budgets totalling over £8 billion, but Fyffe said the new Audit Scotland report “is a timely reminder that… there are major challenges still to be addressed”.

She said: “The health and social care workforce is also critical to the success of integration, yet as this report highlights, few IAs – with just four months to go – have identified a long-term workforce strategy. This needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“It is those working on the frontline who will deliver integrated services in the future and IAs need to do a lot more to ensure their overall workforce strategies fit those in the NHS and councils,” she added.