“An ageing population and increasing demand for services means care homes are under immense pressure and are facing an uphill struggle to recruit and retain the nurses they need to ensure clinical care for patients. Nurses working in care homes make up almost 10% of the total number of registered nurses working in Scotland and, given the predicted rise in the number of older people and the increasingly complex nature of the clinical care and treatment they will need, we need to make sure nursing careers in care home sector are as attractive as those in the NHS.
“Integration Authorities need to be adequately funded to be able to meet the health and social care needs of their local communities. Many of the hospital capacity issues we saw over the winter months are a symptom of a lack of resources in the community. These could have been minimised if nursing teams across health and social care had the staff and resources they need.”