NHSScotland 'Once for Scotland' Workforce Policies - Core Policies: Consultation

Closed 17 May 2019

Opened 17 Apr 2019


The ‘Once for Scotland’ Workforce Policies Programme is designed to review and transform existing workforce policies (previously known as Partnership Information Network (PIN) Policies) in line with our vision:

‘Once for Scotland Workforce policies will promote NHSScotland as a modern, exemplar employer; showcasing our core values, and promoting consistent employment policy and practice that supports the implementation of the Staff Governance Standard and effective recruitment and retention.’

This consultation focuses on the refreshed ‘Once for Scotland’ Core Workforce Policies’ i.e.

  • Bullying & Harassment
  • Capability
  • Conduct
  • Grievance
  • Attendance, AND a
  • Workforce Policy Investigation Process

These draft policies have already been agreed in partnership.

The consultation is concerned with the policy, and includes the following sections:

  • Aims
  • Scope (Who it applies to and What can be raised under the policy)
  • Definitions
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Procedure

It should be noted that Whistleblowing will be included in this process. However, this is linked to the Whistleblowing Standards currently being developed by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO).

Why We Are Consulting

The one month consultation follows the regional engagement events pre-policy (January 2019) and mid-policy development (March 2019).

The new model of dynamic and interactive engagement, agreed by the Scottish Workforce and Staff Governance (SWAG) Committee, minimises the need for the traditional 2-3 month formal consultation process.

We are keen to understand if the refreshed policies reflect the discussion at the regional engagement events. Collectively, do they deliver single, standardised policies that are user-friendly and place staff and managers at the centre.

Consultation is an essential part of this process. It gives us the opportunity to consider as many views as possible when finalising our ‘Once for Scotland’ Workforce Policies.

Read the consultation paper.


  • Public Sector
  • Health and Social Care