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Impact Assessment


What the data tells us

Our workforce includes Midlothian Council’s Adult Health and Social Care staff (e.g. Social Work, Community Care assistants, Care workers, Allied Health Professionals) and some NHS Lothian staff (e.g. Allied Health Professionals, medical and nursing (not practice nursing), GPs, Unscheduled care in hospitals, and community health services and the community hospital). The majority of the IJB’s £131illion budget is spent on staffing. This will increase with population growth.

We are the biggest employer in Midlothian and work alongside the independent sector (private social/healthcare companies) and the third sector (not for profit organisations).

Numbers of staff by sector (data snapshots taken between Dec 2020 to Jan 2022)

The majority of Midlothian’s workforce are employed in the Private sector, with 550 full time and 660 part time staff.  The next largest sector, Adult Social Care, which has 375 full time and 364 part time staff.  NHS Lothian employ a similar number of staff with 385 full time and 343 part time. GPs and third sector workers make up the remainder of Midlothian’s workforce.

There has been a continual increase over the last few years in the head count of NHS employed staff in the HSCP from 639 in December 2020 to 746 in December 2021. The whole-time equivalent figure has increased from 522.3 in December 2020 to 620.3 in December 2021 with 49% of staff working full time and 51% part time. In December 2021 there was a 4.24 staffing gap which is attributed to hard to fill posts such as band 2 and band 5 posts in care of the elderly, mental health nursing, health visitor posts with an overall of 41.39 vacancies across nursing reported in December 2021.The gender split is 90% female and 10% male with 74% of the male workforce working full time and 44% of the female workforce working full time.

The number of staff employed by Midlothian Council working within the HSCP increased from 534 (441 whole-time equivalent) in December 2020 to 584 in December 2021 (470.28 whole-time equivalent). Therefore an increase in staff numbers but not as significant as for NHS employees in the partnership. 87% staff were female and 13% were male.  Within the council employed staff in the partnership there is a significant difference in the gender split regarding part or full-time contracts. Nearly 50% of female staff working part–time and 80% of male staff working full-time. The total number of staff employed by the HSCP in December 2021 equates to 1090.458 Whole-time equivalent staff.

Third Sector

There are at least 700 voluntary sector groups and organisations including more than 50 uniformed youth groups e.g. Brownies, Guides, Cubs, and Scouts; and small informal local or interest groups, such as art clubs and walking groups.

There are 228 registered charities (voluntary organisations or community groups) who identified their main operating area as Midlothian (although some also operate outside of Midlothian e.g. Melville Housing Association)(2017)150. This figure excludes grant-making trusts, churches, overseas charities, and education/research charities. The total income of these charities was £35,995,491151. Over and above these charities are those that work in Midlothian but are based elsewhere as is the case for many of the larger charities.

The Health and Social Care Partnership has contracts with approximately 40 organisations that accounts for 33% of the total Adult Social Care budget. A number of community care providers, and Lothian-wide organisations, for example, CAPS; Health in Mind (including the Orchard Centre); VOCAL; Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association and Enable Scotland are registered elsewhere.

Voluntary organisations, charities, community groups, and social enterprises are supported by the Midlothian Third Sector Interface which consists of Midlothian Voluntary Action (MVA); the Volunteer Centre Midlothian; and SEAM (Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian)

340 people are in paid employment through the voluntary sector across areas of health and social care (2015/16). These figures cannot be directly compared with that in previous years as a number of registered services have been “reclassified from earlier data”.


Around 29% of adults are involved in formal volunteering. This is a slight reduction on previous estimates but still represents about 19,000 people. In addition to this are those who volunteer informally.