Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

Concern expressed over health visitor vacancies in Dundee

19 December 2009

Marlyn Glen has expressed concern that there are over 4 posts for health visitors/public health nurses in Dundee that remain unfilled after 3 months, according to figures provided for her by NHS Tayside.

She said,

“These are key professionals whose expertise is needed in the assessment of child protection issues such as safety and the quality of care from parents.

” It is vital that all of these vacancies are filled as quickly as possible.”

In addition, Ms. Glen was told that over 60 nursing posts have remained vacant for under three months.

These include :

Registered Nurse ( band 5) 34.55 WTE

Registered Nurse (band 6) 17.02 WTE

Registered nurse (band 7) 6.78 WTE

Registered nurse (band 8a) 4.00 WTE

Nurse consultant ( band 8b) 2.00 WTE

Over 162,000 hours were worked by bank nurses in the period April – October of this year.

Nurse banks offer temporary cover for short- term unfilled posts and absences.

Ms. Glen said,

“Good workforce planning will minimise the effect of vacancies upon the quality of care.

” However, unfilled vacancies of whatever duration, place additional pressures of work on existing nursing staff .”

Correspondence with NHS Tayside ( 01/12/09) reveals the following vacancies

Current nursing vacancies

Nursing assistants 14.66 WTE ( whole time equivalents)

Clinical support worker 3.00 WTE

Registered Nurse ( band 5) 34.55 WTE

Registered Nurse (band 6) 17.02 WTE

Registered nurse (band 7) 6.78 WTE

Registered nurse (band 8a) 4.00 WTE

Nurse consultant ( band 8b) 2.00 WTE

Vacancies for 3 months or more than three months

Health Visitor/Public Health Nursing (Dundee) 4.64 WTE

Healthcare Associated Infection

Nurse consultant 1.000 WTE

Tayside Substance Misuse Service

2 posts for registered nurses

Registered Nurse 0.64 WTE

Registered Nurse 1.00 WTE

Clinical Support Worker 1.00 WTE

Surgical Directorate

Nursing Assistant 0.8 WTE

Nursing bank

162,401 hours worked in the period April – October of this year

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