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NES Five-year Strategy published

Highlights our growing contribution to national workforce data, digital infrastructure and wider career attraction and retention.


04-April-2019

The NES 2019-2024 Strategy has just been published. While education, training and workforce development remains at the core of what we do, over the last five years our role has grown to meet the increasingly challenging workforce pressures faced by health and social care. This strategy highlights our growing contribution to national workforce data, digital infrastructure and wider career attraction and retention.

We want to create and support:

  • A high-quality learning and employment environment
  • National infrastructure to improve attraction, recruitment, training and retention
  • Education and training for a skilled, adaptable and compassionate workforce
  • A national digital platform, analysis, intelligence and modelling
  • NES as a high-performing organisation

NES Chair David Garbutt said:

"We started life as the national NHS board for education, training and workforce development. This remains at the core of what we do, however, over the last five years our role has
grown to meet the increasingly challenging workforce pressures faced by health and social care. During the life of this strategy we will build on this experience. We will extend our work with partners in areas such as attraction, recruitment and retention, improving the employment experience, and organisational and leadership development.

"We will also continue to transform the use of digital technology, placing the user at the centre and adopting cloud technologies which provide access anywhere from any device at any time. We are recognised as a leader in this area and, at the request of Scottish Government, we have established the NES Digital Service (NDS) to develop a national digital platform. This aligns with the digital solutions we are already delivering to support workforce and business services and the work we are leading to join up workforce supply side data and provide analysis to inform workforce planning.

"In this strategy, we have aligned our strategic ambitions under five key areas of focus which represent our contribution to ensuring a skilled and sustainable workforce to deliver service transformation and health and social care integration. We believe that this strategy will make an important contribution to high quality workforce and digital support for local, regional and national health and care services. Through our leadership commitment and collaborative working we will build on our past successes to help develop health and social care services fit for the future."

Read the Strategy here.