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What we do


Organisations like NES play an important role in improving the health of the population and reducing health inequalities in our communities.

By attracting people to careers in health and social care, we can create jobs and boost the economy. Our work programmes ensure that those who work in health and social care are skilled, confident, and motivated to continually improve outcomes for people. We promote and uphold human rights through our education and training and provide challenge where these are not being upheld.

We listen to the people who use our services and wherever possible design our activities in partnership with them.

We recognise the challenges being experienced across the health and social care sector as Scotland's population ages and we recover from the impact of the pandemic. The need to balance increased and changing health and social care needs alongside the availability of workforce and finance means it has never been more important to find new ways of working in local communities, and to innovate and use technology, data, and intelligence to find better solutions. We recognise the challenges and opportunities this presents for the health and social care sector. 

To meet these challenges, we are focussed on the future and what we can do as an organisation to support the health and social care sector in developing a workforce with the right skills, education, knowledge, and wellbeing to deliver improved outcomes for the people of Scotland.

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