As healthcare professionals, we are passionate about delivering the best care for our patients. While the underlying aspiration is simple, it comes with great challenges including workforce shortages, hospitals stretched beyond capacity, staff burnout, issues around equality, diversity and inclusion, public health concerns, and the increasing threat of climate change.
As an inspiring College community, we are standing up for your interests on all of these key issues. Through advocacy, awareness raising and influence we are demanding action to address these challenges and putting forward solutions for the benefits of the profession and the patients we care for. Click on the links below to find out more.
Workforce Recovery and Transformation
Health services in many parts of the world are over-stretched due to workforce shortages, rising demand for services and difficulties in retaining staff. In Scotland, many consultant posts are unfilled, staff are reporting increasing levels of burnout, and there is a huge backlog of patients waiting for treatment.
A healthy healthcare workforce is essential for patient care. When the workforce is exhausted, experiencing burnout, and struggling to balance their work and personal lives, it impacts on everyone. Patient outcomes are poorer, patient satisfaction levels are lower, and the incidence of medical errors are higher.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to standing up for equality, diversity and inclusion. We want our College to reflect the diversity in the NHS workforce and in the patients that we care for. We believe that health services and systems benefit greatly from diversity.
Climate Change and Sustainability
Climate change has caused great harm to our planet and warnings of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding will all place a significant burden on our health outcomes. It is imperative the government leaders and stakeholders deliver on commitments to work towards net zero globally.
The health inequalities in our society have been both highlighted and exacerbated by the covid pandemic. People from more deprived and lower socio-economic backgrounds around the world have been more likely to die from the disease, and less able to access vaccinations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of healthcare professionals. The volume of information has at times been overwhelming, and the urgent need to learn and take on new knowledge, while at the same time focusing on delivering the best care for our patients has been an enormous challenge.