Statement on ISD statistics for nursing vacancies

Heather Tierney-Moore, Director of Nursing, NHS Lothian, said:

“NHS Lothian is a recognised centre of clinical excellence and provides a great range of professional development opportunities to all our staff, helping to support them throughout their career.
“It is our particular strength in offering this scope for development and skills expansion that makes us such an attractive employer, which along with our work to improve our recruitment processes, has led to us employing and retaining increased numbers of nursing staff. It also demonstrates to staff that we have a great deal of confidence in their abilities.
“We are not complacent, however, and in the areas where there are national staff shortages, we will continue to work in partnership with the service and higher education to develop new roles and offer training to fill those gaps.”