Primary care is central to the delivery of effective health and social care and has a major role to play in achieving the Scottish Government’s aim for more care to be delivered at home, or closer to home.
NHS workforce planning in Scotland is changing and becoming more complex. Alongside the traditional role of NHS Boards and the Scottish Government in planning the clinical primary care workforce, integration authorities and regional planning groups have a growing role to play. The role of the General Practitioner (GP) within clinical workforce teams is also changing. From April 2018, a new GP contract was implemented, setting out how the wider clinical team will work differently in the community, freeing time for GPs to deliver more complex care.
In July 2017, the Auditor General published the first in a series of audits on NHS workforce planning. That report focused on clinical staff in a hospital setting. The second audit in this series will look at the pressures affecting the primary care clinical workforce, with a focus on GP and wider multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs), including nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals. It will also consider progress since our initial recommendations were made.
Further information on the scope of the audit is available in the audit scope below.
We aim to publish the audit in August 2019.