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Question ref. S6W-04349
Asked by: Sue Webber, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 15 November 2021


To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting (a) NHS services, (b) social care providers and (c) others who employ frontline staff to increase (i) access to and (ii) support for evidence-based psychological employee wellbeing services.

Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 25 November 2021


Throughout the pandemic, the Scottish Government has emphasised to Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships and Local Authorities the on-going need to promote both the physical and the psychological wellbeing of everyone working in health and social care.

This year the Scottish Government has made available £12 million to support the wellbeing of the health and social care workforce. This includes £8 million from the NHS Recovery Plan to provide ongoing wellbeing support alongside an additional £4 million for practical, emotional and evidence-based psychological support to help staff as they respond to winter pressures.

The Scottish Government’s national resources complement the range of support measures that are available across health and social care organisations: the 24/7 National Wellbeing Helpline, the National Wellbeing Hub, Coaching for Wellbeing, the Workforce Specialist Service and additional funding for psychological interventions and therapies specifically for the workforce.

We are working with partners to develop further support measures and additional resources for Boards, social care providers and others who employ frontline staff as they respond to winter pressures.