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The policy context in which we work


We work closely with the Scottish Government to help shape health and social care policies. During these unprecedented times, demands on our colleagues, the people of Scotland and communities have never been greater.

That is why we are using our expertise to help improve care and reduce inequalities through supporting health and social care reform programmes, such as the Scottish Government’s Care and Wellbeing Portfolio, commitment to Human Rights and the delivery of a National Care Service.

Over the past five years, especially during the pandemic, there has been an even greater focus on workforce skills, education, and wellbeing to create a more joined-up approach to the health and social care system for Scotland.

We are taking lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, including from the COVID inquiries, and working to deliver national priorities like those in the Scottish Government's National Workforce Strategy for Health and Care.

Give us your views:

How do we make sure that health and social care staff have the skills they need for the future? Give us your views on our draft strategy: NES draft strategy survey for external stakeholders