Scotland sets out policy on improving workforce planning for primary care

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The Scottish Government has published the third part of its National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan looking at workforce planning in primary care.

The plan focusses on developing, building and expanding Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs), made up of professionals “each contributing their unique skills to managing care and improving outcomes”. It follows on from two documents last year looking at overall health and social care workforce planning.

Key pledges made around GPs in this third part include:

  • there will be a reduction in GP workload pressures and responsibilities through service redesign;
  • at least 800 additional GPs will be added to the workforce over the next 10 years to meet increasing patient demand;
  • a comprehensive package of retention measures will support GPs, including during the first five years and towards the end of their careers;
  • there will be enhanced support for GPs working in remote and rural areas;
  • there will be enhanced support and encouragement for GPs working out of hours;
  • on-going expansion of medical school and training places will help grow the GP workforce;
  • an Increasing Undergraduate Education in Primary Care Working Group will be set up to consider ways of increasing undergraduate education in primary care settings;
  • a marketing and recruitment campaign will promote Scotland as a great place to work as a GP.

“We are already seeing considerable benefits from enhanced MDT working and new models of care across Scotland, and I am confident this will gather pace in the coming years through the initiatives we and our partners are taking forward, said Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Dr Alan McDevitt, Chair of the BMA’s Scottish GP Committee, said: “The workforce plan sets out six long term objectives that it aims to deliver and we are supportive of these as they closely reflect the BMA’s vision for the future of primary care. 

“However, we would like to see much more detail around how the additional workforce that is so desperately needed to sustain this vision will be delivered.”

He pointed out that the new GP contract, introduced on April 1, is now being implemented across Scotland. “It is essential that multidisciplinary teams are able to start developing their capacity and extend their roles as soon as possible to enable them to support practices effectively,” he said. 

“I look forward to seeing the integrated update in September and would urge the Scottish government to be bold in its endeavour to make Scotland’s primary care workforce fit for the future.”

Links:
National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan Part 3 - improving workforce planning for primary care in Scotland             
BMA comment 

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