Briefing: What’s happening in health and social care?
The work of allied health professionals and their contribution to health and social care is being highlighted across the country today. The international campaign taking place recognises and celebrates professions ranging from art therapists and dieticians to paramedics and speech and language read more…
Monday 14/10/2019
Briefing: What’s happening in health & social care?
From Highland health innovations to primary care in parliament – we take a look at what’s on the agenda this week
Scotland is set to become the first nation in the UK to outlaw smacking of children, with a final vote by MSPs on the legislation taking place this week. On Tuesday, Holyrood’s health and sport committee will take evidence from a range of health organisation as part of its inquiry into the read more…
Monday 30/9/2019
Briefing: What’s happening in health & social care?
A weekly look at the health issues on the political agenda
An opposition debate on health is likely to take centre stage at Holyrood on Wednesday, while issues ranging from alcohol licensing to support for carers will be discussed this week. Holyrood’s health and sport committee will meet on Tuesday morning in private to consider a briefing from read more…
Monday 16/9/2019
Briefing: Could social prescribing boost health?
Submissions to a Holyrood inquiry looking at whether GPs should prescribe activity reveal a wide range of views
Going for a walk with friends, taking up sport, cooking a meal and spending time pottering in the garden have long been popular pastimes for many. Now there is growing interest in the idea that GPs and other frontline healthcare workers should be prescribing such activities to their read more…
Tuesday 10/9/2019
Briefing: FM outlines health plans for year ahead
Programme for government includes series of announcements on issues ranging from infrastructure projects to unhealthy food
It might not have the high drama of Westminster, but yesterday’s programme for government – the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead – was jam-packed with new policies. Nicola Sturgeon’s speech focused on the climate crisis but also included significant read more…
Wednesday 4/9/2019
Briefing: Coming up at Holyrood…
MSPs return to business as critical week for Brexit looms at Westminster
With Brexit dominating the headlines, it may feel as if there has been little break from politics over the summer. However this week MSPs and MPs return from recess, with a new parliamentary year getting underway at both Holyrood and Westminster. The Scottish Government’s unveiling of its read more…
Monday 2/9/2019
Briefing: Scotland’s health & care intelligence
An expert group reports on the use of data to drive forward improved patient care
Often cited as an example of a country where various health inequalities that other small nations have managed to reduce persist, Scotland has, in recent years, received high praise for its health and care data – where patients can be tracked from cradle to grave through globally significant read more…
Wednesday 28/8/2019
Taxpayers pay ‘well over odds’ for new hospitals
Replacements for PFI funding model continue to see a premium paid for big capital projects
Taxpayers in Scotland will pay private consortiums more than £2.6bn over the next 25 years for health service construction projects that cost less than £1bn to build. The lifetime costs have been revealed following analysis from, published in the table below. The read more…
Wednesday 21/8/2019
Tackling gendered health inequalities in Scotland
New national public health body set to launch in 2020 must make headway in understanding & influencing root causes of gendered health differences - Engender’s consultation submission
The Scottish Government and COSLA have come together to establish a new body tasked with delivering ‘the significant changes we need’ when it comes to public health. The new national body – Public Health Scotland - is being created to ‘re-focus’ the approach taken to read more…
Tuesday 6/8/2019
Briefing: Scotland’s safe staffing legislation
What exactly does the Health & Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill do?
Yesterday Holyrood unanimously approved ground-breaking new staffing legislation that covers the health and social care sector. But what exactly does it do? Simply, the Health & Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill introduces a duty for NHS and care providers to set staff levels so services are read more…
Friday 3/5/2019
Briefing: Every IJB facing cuts
Health & Social Care Partnerships forecasting cuts, dipping into reserves and warning services could suffer, our analysis of budget proposals shows
The public bodies set up to oversee Scotland’s policy of integrating health and social care are struggling under ever-greater financial pressure, an analysis of budget proposals by shows. More than three quarters of Health & Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) reported read more…
Friday 12/4/2019
Frank’s law comes to fruition
New law providing free personal care to the under 65s is “wholeheartedly welcomed” by Alzheimer Scotland
As April draws nearer, so too does the introduction of free personal care for those aged 65 and under. Frank’s Law came about after campaigning by Amanda Kopel, whose husband, Frank, a former Dundee United footballer, was diagnosed with early onset dementia when he was 59 and died as a read more…
Thursday 28/3/2019
First-ever Celtic nations pharmacy conference
“Pharmacy is the new black”, Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Rose Marie Parr tells delegates in her keynote speech
“…because of where we are in our health service and the scramble for some health professionals, including GPs and nurses, pharmacy is almost the answer for everything”, observes Professor Rose Marie Parr as she spoke at the first ever Celtic pharmacy conference.   The read more…
Wednesday 27/3/2019
Dispensing practices in difficulty
Brexit, falling profits, FMD and technological barriers all challenges for Scottish dispensing practices
A lack of IT provision and falling profits were among the challenges discussed at the latest meeting of the government’s pharmacy dispensing group (PDG). Chaired by senior adviser to the Scottish Government, Fiona Duff, the group examined issues related to unused stock, the falsified read more…
Monday 25/2/2019
Children’s mental health week in Holyrood
We explore some of the issues the fifth annual children’s mental health week brought to the fore in Scotland
Effects of screen time and social media on children and young people’s mental health During children’s mental health week (4th to 10th February) the chief medical officers (CMOs) of the four UK nations published guidance on screen time for young people. The report advises parents to read more…
Tuesday 12/2/2019
Brexit & its impact on life sciences in Scotland
Cross-party group considers the multiple ways in which leaving the EU may affect one of Scotland’s largest industries
Addressing the Life Sciences CPG for the second time in his capacity as Minister for Trade, Investment & Innovation, Ivan McKee outlined what he described as the “extremely concerning” situation faced by Scotland’s economy as the UK’s departure from the EU draws read more…
Wednesday 6/2/2019
Scottish Government secures support for budget
We explore what the deal with the Greens means for health and social care
What’s in it & how did the Scottish Green party deal change things? In the final hours before the Budget debate, the Scottish Government secured the support of Green MSPs to ensure its Budget Bill comes to fruition for 2019-20. Thursday’s vote saw the Bill pass stage 1 and it is read more…
Thursday 31/1/2019
Life sciences to play key role in new export plan
Debate held on Scotland’s life sciences highlights progress towards a doubling in turnover
Minister for Trade, Investment & Innovation, Ivan McKee, used yesterday’s debate in Holyrood to highlight that Scotland’s life sciences sector is currently on track to reach a turnover of £8bn by 2025, after increasing from £4bn in 2015 to £5.2bn in 2016. As read more…
Thursday 10/1/2019
What's on the agenda for 2019?
We take a look at some of the developments coming up in the new year
One of Jeane Freeman’s first acts as Health Secretary was to give health boards more financial leeway, but the latest performance figures suggest the health service could still struggle as winter pressures bite. With this in mind, we take a look at some of the other developments on the read more…
Wednesday 9/1/2019
Scotland & the NHS England ten year plan
NHS Improvement calls for fundamental reset of how the NHS is run to meet the needs of an ageing population
The highly-anticipated long term plan has finally been published for services in England - we take a look at what the UK Government is promising for a health service that is under immense and mounting pressure, and how this compares to the Scottish approach to health and care services.   As read more…
Monday 7/1/2019
A workforce in crisis
BMA & GMC raise serious concerns over state of staffing in Scotland’s health service
Figures published this week by Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD) on workforce planning for psychological services, the NHSScotland and CAMHS workforces have been met by a myriad of voices reiterating concerns that Scotland’s health service is very much in the midst of a read more…
Thursday 6/12/2018
Alcohol & drugs strategy published
Scottish Government takes a health and person-centred approach in new strategy
A week after it published its Alcohol Framework 2018: Preventing Harm, the Scottish Government has followed up with Rights, Respect and Recovery: a national strategy for preventing and reducing drug and alcohol-related harm. Ahead of the publication, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, read more…
Thursday 29/11/2018
A look ahead to the Scottish Budget
We take stock one month before the Scottish budget...
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy & Work,Derek MacKay will stand before the Scottish Parliament some six weeks after Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, stood in the House of Commons delivering a UK Budget that was to mark the beginning of the end of austerity. Unsurprisingly, read more…
Thursday 15/11/2018