The passing of the Act is the starting point for the next phase of the RCN’s work to ensure effective legislation for staffing for safe and effective care in Scotland.
There is a long road to navigate before the legislation comes into force – statutory guidance still needs to be written and organisations and staff have to prepare for change. This will not be a quick process, and there are also many other issues the RCN has to influence alongside the Act – from student numbers to workplace culture. The engagement of members will be key to getting this right.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport committed to developing the guidance in collaboration. The RCN will continue to engage in this process, taking every opportunity to influence and shape how the Act will impact on the day-to-day running of the health and care services. Work will also continue on the review of existing and the development of new workforce planning methodologies and tools.
Check back on this page for updates in the near future.
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