Workload and workforce planning: taking a national approach

Karen Lockhart, Irene Barkby, Mairi Kellagher

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In response to an Audit Scotland report, the Scottish Executive, now the Scottish Government, set up the national Nursing and Midwifery Workload and Workforce Planning (NMWWP) programme to define workload and workforce needs, and to analyse the use of bank and agency staff. After extensive research, a systematic, national approach to nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning was recommended. This article, the first in a series of five on this topic, describes the legislation and policies that underpin the NMWWP programme, and highlights the demographic issues that are pertinent to the nursing and midwifery workforce in Scotland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-4
Number of pages3
JournalNursing Management (Harrow, London, England : 1994)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Health Planning
  • Health Planning Councils
  • Humans
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling
  • Scotland
  • State Medicine
  • Workload
  • Journal Article


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