‘Big sugar’ holding back dental health
Scottish oral health expert says dentistry must move from individual treatment to society-wide prevention
Dental health experts are warning governments need to take on big sugar corporations if they are to tackle oral disease. In a series of articles published in the Lancet scientific journal, researchers argue ‘comprehensive regulation and legislation’ is needed to combat influential read more…
Sunday 21/7/2019
Patients seeking help for insect bites at A&E
NHS board urges people with simple summer health conditions not to turn up at emergency departments
Health officials are urging people not to turn up to A&E seeking treatment for simple summer conditions such as hayfever and stings. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) says last summer saw a 58% rise in the number of patients attending A&E for insect bites and stings. However Dr Linda read more…
Friday 19/7/2019
60,000 see quicker treatment at Golden Jubilee
Hip & knee replacements and cataracts operations among additional procedures
Last year, more than 62,000 patients from across Scotland benefited from quicker treatment by having their procedure at NHS Scotland’s waiting times reduction hospital, the Golden Jubilee. The Clydebank hospital provides extra operation slots to bring down waiting times key procedures read more…
Friday 19/7/2019
Training scheme to boost GP nurse numbers
Newly qualified nurses being urged to consider career in general practice
A training scheme to find the next generation of general practice nurses in Scotland has taken on 30 new recruits. The initiative, which has been running for a year, was set up to encourage more nurses into the role at an earlier stage in their career. The training programme recruits newly read more…
Friday 19/7/2019
Stirling & Clacks health & care budget warning
Concern over impact of Brexit and increasing demand for services
An increase in drug prices due to Brexit is among the potential cost pressures facing the public bodies set up to integrate health and social care in Scotland. The concern was raised during a meeting of the board which heads the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health & Social Care Partnership read more…
Friday 19/7/2019
Heart disease & drugs behind life expectancy slowdown
Increasing obesity & deteriorating access to health and social care services among possible causes
Slower improvements in heart disease survivability and drug-related deaths have been found to be key drivers behind a life expectancy slowdown in Scotland. Life expectancy was improving ‘steadily’ from the early 1980s but changed ‘markedly’ in 2012 when it began to stall read more…
Friday 19/7/2019
Scottish mesothelioma network launched
Cancer charities & NHS boards come together to improve services & share best practice
A team of healthcare professionals has come together to improve clinical care for Scots diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of cancer linked to exposure to asbestos. Carers and patients are to benefit from more tailored support provided by the Scottish mesothelioma network – a group of read more…
Thursday 18/7/2019
More safety checks after hospital delay
Jeane Freeman announces detailed assessment of new Sick Kids’ site as NHS Lothian’s performance escalation framework ranking worsens
A detailed assessment of Edinburgh’s new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People is being carried out - which is expected to conclude in September - the Health Secretary has confirmed. The move of patients, staff and services to the new site has been delayed after final safety checks read more…
Thursday 18/7/2019
Highlands adopt open hospital visiting hours
All NHS Highland hospitals to extend visiting hours to improve person-centred care
NHS Highland plans to open up hospital visiting times so that patients can benefit from more flexible arrangements at the end of this month. Rather than having visiting hours at set times, the board’s Welcome/Failte initiative will see patients being able to ask friends, relatives and read more…
Thursday 18/7/2019
Frank’s Law benefits wealthier Scots
Disabled people on lowest incomes could see no change to their care bills
Frank’s Law – the policy of extending free personal care to under-65s – is ‘likely’ to benefit wealthier Scots more than those on lower incomes, the Scottish Government has admitted. Complex charging rules mean disabled people with more income or assets will see the read more…
Thursday 18/7/2019
1 in 4 Scots children in poverty
Public health agency NHS Health Scotland says child poverty ‘not inevitable’
Almost one in four Scottish children were growing up in poverty in 2017-18, according to a briefing compiled by NHS Health Scotland. Two-thirds of the 240,000 youngsters in relative poverty live in working families. The public health agency says child poverty is ‘not inevitable’ as read more…
Thursday 18/7/2019
Lib Dems submit drug & alcohol plan to government
Party calls for regulated cannabis market and end to prison sentences for possession for personal use
Reacting to the latest drug-related death statistics that show 1,187 people lost their lives in 2018 – a rate three times higher than the UK average – the Scottish Liberal Democrats are calling for cannabis to be legalised as part of a new plan for tackling drug and alcohol read more…
Wednesday 17/7/2019
Scotland’s care homes celebrated
Scottish Care’s celebration day highlights the positive part played by care homes across the country
From palliative and end of life care provision to utilising new technology to enable residents to live better, the positive role being played by Scotland’s care homes is being celebrated today. The representative body for independent social care services in Scotland, Scottish Care is behind read more…
Wednesday 17/7/2019
Calls for third sector-led drug services review
Conservatives urge government to instigate third sector-led review of all Scotland’s recovery services
The Scottish Conservatives have called on the government to commission third sector organisations to carry out a review of all Scotland’s drug recovery services after figures published yesterday revealed 1,187 drug-related deaths occurred in Scotland in 2018. With a drugs death rate three read more…
Wednesday 17/7/2019
Royal Pharmaceutical Society elects new president
Sandra Gidley to take on role
Sandra Gidley has been elected the new president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society by representatives of the organisation’s members. Ms Gidley, previously a member of the RPS’s English board, defeated one other candidate to gain the position. In a statement, she said her priorities read more…
Wednesday 17/7/2019
Staffing shortages holding stroke care back
Scots miss out on key treatment as number of survivors living with disability set to rise by a third
A ‘significant and growing’ shortage of specialist doctors is hampering attempts to build a modern stroke treatment service across the UK, according to an expert doctors’ group. The British Association of Stroke Physicians (BASP) says staffing levels are not keeping pace with read more…
Wednesday 17/7/2019
‘Invaluable’ canine companion service extended
Patients’ wellbeing improves in Larbert hospital with the help of Paws for Autism charity
Patients staying in the Bellsdyke hospital near Larbert are being encouraged to interact with specially trained dogs brought into the wards each week. The NHS Forth Valley facility is now visited regularly by four dogs belonging to members of the Stirling dog behavioural centre near Throsk, read more…
Tuesday 16/7/2019
The families behind Scotland’s drug deaths
Leading Scottish charity highlights the plight of those trying to support loved ones engaging with an ’inflexible treatment system which judges and excludes’
The mother of a daughter who struggled with drug addiction for several years, Sandra Holmes is well versed in the heartache that comes with supporting a loved one engaging in harmful substance misuse. Often excluded from her daughter’s interactions with addiction services, Ms Holmes read more…
Tuesday 16/7/2019
Scotland’s drug-deaths highest in Europe
Drug-related deaths at highest levels since recording began
There has been a 27% increase in drug-related deaths registered in Scotland since 2017, figures published today show. The statistics, published by the National Records of Scotland, provide details of 1,187 drug-related deaths that occurred in Scotland in 2018. A widely predicted rise, this is read more…
Tuesday 16/7/2019
‘Real changes’ achieved across maternity services
Significant challenges remain but improvements recognised by latest maternity & perinatal services audit
Constrained resources, demographic changes and balancing the needs of rural communities with the benefits of centralised services are among the ‘significant challenges’ identified in the latest national audit of maternity and perinatal services. Also reporting on England and Wales, read more…
Monday 15/7/2019
Prevention must be priority for Scots’ mental health
Action on ‘fundamental causes’ of poor mental health including poverty & poor housing essential, says national health board
A ‘whole system approach’ addressing issues such as poverty, discrimination, poor housing, and social isolation is needed to improve young people’s mental health, according to NHS Health Scotland. One of Scotland’s national health boards established to help reduce health read more…
Monday 15/7/2019
Upgraded Highland X-ray department reopens
Installation of state-of-the-art facilities part of NHS Highland’s commitment to keeping local services
The Lawson Memorial Hospital’s x-ray department has reopened after a significant equipment upgrade. Machines that had been in operation for 25 years have been replaced by state-of-the-art direct digital equipment that will support fast diagnosis and ‘significantly enhance patient read more…
Friday 12/7/2019
Committee seeks views on social prescribing
Potential for social prescribing to reduce financial burden on NHS among issues MSPs want to address during sport & physical activity inquiry
A new parliamentary inquiry is seeking views on social prescribing’s ability to tackle the health and wellbeing issues affecting Scots. MSPs want to focus in particular on the prescribing of sport, exercise and other recreational activities. Aiming to improve an individual’s health read more…
Friday 12/7/2019
Revised mass casualty plan launched
New approach to trauma care ‘an exemplar piece of work’, says Health Secretary
Innovations in the delivery of integrated, multispecialty care for severely injured patients have received high praise from the Scottish Government. Attending the second annual Scottish trauma network (STN) event where developments related to Scotland’s new trauma system are being read more…
Friday 12/7/2019
Nation-wide psychological trauma training rollout
First of its kind in the UK, new plan part of ‘remarkable work’ underway to tackle inequalities caused by traumatic events
More than 5,000 frontline workers in Scotland are to be trained in how to recognise and deal with psychological trauma, the Health Secretary announced today. Under the trauma training plan – the first of its kind in the UK and developed by NHS Education for Scotland – police, social read more…
Friday 12/7/2019
Grampian mental health & learning disability review
Residents encouraged to give their views on a strategic plan looking to future-proof services
The three Integrated Joint Boards (IJBs) serving the north east of Scotland and NHS Grampian are carrying out a review of mental health and learning disability services. The authorities hope to develop a strategic plan to support the ‘redesign and sustainability’ of services in the read more…
Thursday 11/7/2019
Boost in support for patients after critical illness
NHS Fife’s multidisciplinary programme – InS:PIRE – provides dedicated emotional & physical support
A multidisciplinary programme is being praised by patients and their families for the dedicated support provided to them following the trauma of a critical illness. The intensive care syndrome: promoting independence and return to employment (InS:PIRE) programme is delivered to patients who have read more…
Thursday 11/7/2019
Aberdeen Uni reaches £4.5m cancer research target
Funding secured for ‘world class’ team to ‘transform’ cancer research in the north-east
The University of Aberdeen says charity donations and NHS staff fundraising have contributed significantly to it successfully raising £4.5m to put in place a world class cancer research team. Creating the team is already underway thanks to the funding. Breast cancer specialist, Professor read more…
Thursday 11/7/2019
Culture change specialist joins NHS Highland
New director excited for ‘huge and challenging’ task in the aftermath of Sturrock review
NHS Highland has appointed Fiona Hogg, a specialist in organisation and cultural change, as its new director of human resources and organisational development (HR&OD). The move follows the publication of a report into the board’s handling of allegations of bullying. “I’m read more…
Thursday 11/7/2019
Alexa health advice to be tailored to Scotland’s NHS
But Scottish Government says NHS inform website still recommended option
NHS Scotland is working with its English counterpart to ensure Scots patients who ask Amazon’s voice-activated speaker questions about their health are directed to the right place, healthandcare.scot understands. Matt Hancock, the UK Government’s health secretary, yesterday announced read more…
Thursday 11/7/2019
NHS Scotland gender pay gap revealed
Female doctors earn an average of nearly £12,000 less than their male colleagues
Women doctors in Scotland’s NHS are earning an average of just under £12,000 a year less than their male colleagues, gender pay gap statistics across all NHS staff are showing. The percentage difference between men and women’s pay is most pronounced in administrative services, read more…
Wednesday 10/7/2019
‘Urgent action’ needed to improve stroke care
Older people’s charity says swift treatment vital to avoid long-term disability
A leading older people’s charity has called for ‘urgent action’ after figures published this week show health boards in Scotland are routinely falling short of a set of stroke care standards linked to reduced mortality. Age Scotland is calling for the Scottish Government and NHS read more…
Wednesday 10/7/2019
Health professionals to be asked about primary care
Holyrood’s health committee embarks on second phase of primary care inquiry
A committee of MSPs is asking health professionals about their views on the future of primary care in Scotland as it embarks on the second part of a ‘landmark’ inquiry. Phase one of the inquiry being conducted by Holyrood’s health and sport committee found the public wanted to read more…
Wednesday 10/7/2019
Many Scots miss out on key stroke care
‘Inequality of provision’ for key thrombectomy treatment ‘disappointing’, says Edinburgh’s Royal College of Physicians
Health boards in Scotland are routinely falling short of a set of stroke care standards that are linked to reduced mortality and increased likelihood of speedy discharge home after a stroke, according to figures released today. Despite an improvement from 65% of patients receiving the appropriate read more…
Tuesday 9/7/2019
Government drug group will consider decriminalisation
Lord Advocate confirms de facto decriminalisation could be achieved without Westminster action
Calls to decriminalise drug use in Scotland have been given a boost after the Scottish Government’s Public Health Minister confirmed a recently established government taskforce set up to investigate drug deaths solutions will consider the reform. Meanwhile, Scotland’s chief legal read more…
Tuesday 9/7/2019
Edinburgh University leads new cancer medicine trial
Study to ease plight of people at advanced stages of illness
Patients with advanced lung, pancreatic or ovarian cancer are to test a therapy aimed at reducing their symptoms and improving quality of life. The treatment – called bermekimab – could help with improving outcomes in cancer, including reducing symptoms such as weight loss and read more…
Tuesday 9/7/2019
Glasgow embraces ehealth revolution
Diagnoses improved & missed appointments reduced as Scotland’s largest health board embraces AI and eHealth developments – Argyll mums-to-be and Glasgow COPD patients are first to benefit
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde is working with a range of partners to be at the forefront of developing algorithms which can allow computers to scan images for anomalies in biopsies and tissue samples. This is just one of the many areas technology is helping to speed up the diagnosis process: read more…
Tuesday 9/7/2019
Falls & fractures prevention consultation opens
Scottish Government seeks views on strategy geared towards tackling social isolation and harm caused by falls
Scots are being asked by the Scottish Government for their thoughts on a national falls and fracture prevention strategy. Spanning 2019 to 2024, the government is keen to hear from individuals and organisations on a range of ambitions set out in the draft strategy. From building resilience at a read more…
Tuesday 9/7/2019
MPs pushed for drug deaths action
Scottish Government public health minister to appear before Westminster committee
Joe FitzPatrick, the Public Health Minister, will today call on MPs to change the law to allow the Scottish Government to bring in safer drugs consumption facilities to help to tackle rising drugs deaths. The Dundee MSP is giving evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee as it investigates how read more…
Tuesday 9/7/2019
NHS Highland joins Alzheimer’s disease research
Highlanders to boost efforts to identify genes associated with young onset Alzheimer’s
NHS Highland is to participate in a Medical Research Council (MRC) study on Alzheimer’s disease looking to identify genes associated with young onset Alzheimer’s disease in the hope that this translates into new treatments and improved diagnosis. The most common form of dementia read more…
Tuesday 9/7/2019
Third sector backs children’s mental health proposals
ALLIANCE says children & young people’s mental health taskforce proposals “well-constructed and comprehensive”
A leading charity representing more than 2,700 organisations working in health and social care has welcomed calls for stronger links with the third sector in a report calling for wide-ranging reform of children and young people’s mental health support in Scotland. The Health & Social read more…
Tuesday 9/7/2019
‘Systematic pressures’ affecting doctors’ training
Survey of over 5,000 trainees reveals many don’t know who to turn to for support
A third of trainee doctors across the UK do not know who they can approach with concerns about their wellbeing, a General Medical Council (GMC) survey has found. Questions about workload, safety during travels to and from work, and relaxation facilities for doctors on shift are also raised in the read more…
Monday 8/7/2019
Video consulting service arrives in Mallaig
Reductions in travel time for patients as NHS Highland’s Near Me service expands
The expansion of video consulting services in the Highlands is continuing with the latest clinic installed in the Mackintosh Centre, Mallaig. People in the area can now attend out-patient appointments using the NHS Near Me online video platform, eliminating the need to travel to see a read more…
Monday 8/7/2019
Funding for consistency in healthy weight services
NHS helped to meet under-18 weight management service targets
Health boards are to benefit from an additional £1.7m so they can meet new guidelines drawn up to make weight-loss and healthy diet courses across the country more consistent. NHS Health Scotland drew up the new standards for under-18s after a 2016 report found ‘wide variations’ read more…
Monday 8/7/2019
Medical trainee recruitment rising
Nearly 90% of medical training places filled
Nearly 90% of all medical training places in Scotland have been filled, representing the highest level for five years, latest recruitment figures show. Foundation training places for the two years after medical school are currently 99% full, and speciality areas of clinical radiology, paediatrics read more…
Monday 8/7/2019
Highland patients urged to travel to reduce waits
Waiting times could be ‘significantly reduced’ if patients opt for treatment at other NHS Highland hospitals
Patients prepared to travel could significantly reduce their waiting times for procedures by choosing to have their care carried out at other NHS Highland hospitals instead of Raigmore, NHS Highland has said. Aviemore resident, James Mair, travelled 65 miles to have a procedure carried out at the read more…
Monday 8/7/2019
Survey finds parents struggle to identify obesity
Child doctors’ group says results ‘bad news for everyone’ and calls for crackdown on unhealthy food advertising
A survey of more than 5,000 Scottish 12-year olds and their parents is suggesting many parents struggle to correctly identify whether their child is overweight. More than eight in ten parents whose child is overweight believe their son or daughter is a normal weight, dropping to four in ten for read more…
Monday 8/7/2019
Study casts light on healthy social media use
Children using social media excessively report lower life satisfaction – as do youngsters using none at all
A study looking at the lives of more than 5,000 Scots 12-year olds is suggesting too much social media use can leave a child less satisfied with their life – but so can none at all. Kids spending between half an hour to three hours a day on social media are more likely to say they are read more…
Saturday 6/7/2019
New Aviemore & Broadford hospital plans progress
Health board signs £40m contract for two new community hospitals
Plans to modernise health services in the Highlands are progressing as NHS Highland signs a £40m contract for two new community hospitals in Aviemore and Broadford. A turf-cutting ceremony took place at the site of the new Badenoch & Strathspey community hospital in Aviemore last read more…
Friday 5/7/2019
Researchers to explore painkiller overdose blocker
Stirling academics to investigate prescription opioid overdoses after £30,000 grant from NHS Fife
Researchers at Stirling university will look at whether community pharmacists could provide a take-home overdose prevention treatment for patients prescribed drugs like codeine and morphine for chronic, non-cancer-related pain. Patients with conditions such as arthritis and back pain are read more…
Friday 5/7/2019
Drugs deaths taskforce chair announced
Professor Catriona Matheson’s group will consider whether drugs powers need to be devolved
A leading drugs expert at the University of Stirling is to chair a new taskforce to combat rising numbers of deaths linked to substance misuse, the Scottish Government has announced. Professor Catriona Matheson heads up the Drugs Research Network Scotland and has researched areas including how to read more…
Friday 5/7/2019
Tayside team pioneers new womb cancer surgery
Keyhole hysterectomies for overweight women with disease significantly reduce complications
An NHS Tayside gynaecological team have been recognised for pioneering the use of keyhole surgery that significantly reduces the risk of complications on a type of cancer. Endometrial or womb cancer affects one in three women in their lifetime and cases are on their rise. Being overweight is one read more…
Friday 5/7/2019
Move to new Edinburgh children’s hospital delayed
Jeane Freeman ‘disappointed and deeply concerned’ faults causing delay were not picked up on earlier
Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, has delayed the move of patients, staff and services from the existing Royal Hospital for Sick Children to the new site at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, which was due to take place next week. The decision was taken following final safety checks which revealed read more…
Thursday 4/7/2019
‘Transformation’ of children’s services needed
Taskforce concludes wide-ranging reform needed to help children get the mental health support they need
Mental health services for children and young people need to be transformed so they focus more on prevention, according to a specialist taskforce set up to ensure children can access help when they need it. Reporting just over a year since its inception, the Children & Young People’s read more…
Thursday 4/7/2019
Financial support for terminally ill ‘outdated’
Westminster report calls for an end to “financial hardship” endured by people nearing end of life
A report on current DWP rules that mean benefits are only fast-tracked if a terminally ill person has a diagnosis of six months or less has concluded the system is ‘outdated’ and ‘unrealistic’. The current rules are “arbitrary and not based on clinical reality” read more…
Thursday 4/7/2019
Social care Midlothian IJB’s ‘biggest challenge’
Partnership on track to meet most adult health & social care targets despite £15m budget gap & rapidly expanding population
Midlothian health and social care partnership (HSCP) views providing social care as its ‘biggest challenge’, according to a new report from the Accounts Commission. The local government spending watchdog commends the partnership for ‘taking action’ to address difficulties read more…
Thursday 4/7/2019
Scottish hospices want clarity after funding row
Pensions dispute left hospices shouldering increased costs
Hospices in Scotland are calling for clarity after a funding row between the Scottish and UK governments led to hospices picking up higher pension bills that left them “out of pocket”, healthandcare.scot can disclose. Now sector leaders are voicing concerns organisations delivering read more…
Thursday 4/7/2019
Top marks for Monklands hospital cleanliness
Unannounced inspection reveals staff doing well despite challenges of ageing building
Staff at University Hospital Monklands are being praised after an unannounced inspection gave the hospital top marks for cleanliness and infection control. Inspectors from Healthcare Improvement Scotland described the cleanliness of the theatre as “excellent” and say the hospital does read more…
Wednesday 3/7/2019
Mental health support boost for emergency responders
Scottish Government commits £138,000 to extend wellbeing programme to police, ambulance & fire service staff
Frontline emergency workers will get access to tailored mental health support resources following the extension of a wellbeing and resilience programme. The Scottish Government is committing £138,000 for the Lifelines Scotland initiative to extend to Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & read more…
Wednesday 3/7/2019
Move to make weight-loss services more consistent
Health boards to get new guidelines on weight-loss programmes
Health boards in Scotland are getting new guidelines on how to run weight-loss programmes in a bid to reduce inconsistencies across the country. It comes after a 2016 report found ‘wide variations’ in the way Scotland’s 14 health boards approached weight management services read more…
Wednesday 3/7/2019
Report finds support for tech-enabled NHS
Public willing to share data so they can access information and book appointments online
A report by a Holyrood committee reveals Scots want to see the NHS use technology more and are willing to share their data to make this happen. In the first stage of a two-part inquiry into primary care, the Health & Sport Committee found the public wants to access patient records read more…
Wednesday 3/7/2019
Person-centred addiction services ’long way’ off
Charity warns integration leaving drug & alcohol services behind
The head of a charity helping families support relatives grappling with alcohol and drug addiction is expressing concerns Scotland’s project to integrate health and social care is leaving addiction services behind. Justina Murray, chief executive of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol read more…
Wednesday 3/7/2019
Teenage pregnancy at 25-year low
Gap between under-20s pregnancy rate in richest and poorest areas continues to narrow
Teenage pregnancy rates in Scotland are at their lowest level since records began in 1994, according to NHS figures released today. Joe FitzPatrick, the public health minister, says he is “particularly pleased” the gap between teen pregnancies in the richest and poorest areas read more…
Tuesday 2/7/2019
Perth ‘smart flat’ enables independent living
“Fantastic” tech helps vulnerable people live independently in their home
A new ‘smart flat’ has opened in Perth showcasing how technology can help vulnerable people keep living independently in their own homes. Care organisations, members of the public and staff from the care sector are being invited to view the flat to see how technology-enabled care can read more…
Tuesday 2/7/2019
New campaign seeks support for addicts’ families
Scottish Families is championing ‘unrecognised’ efforts of families keeping people alive ‘against the odds’
A campaign highlighting the hidden contribution of the families of individuals struggling with addiction was launched today by Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs. In 2017, 934 Scots died as a result of drugs and it’s predicted the next round of statistics will show a read more…
Tuesday 2/7/2019
Consultation on Dr Gray’s plans
Locals invited to give feedback on proposals to bring back 24/7 children’s ward
Moray and Banffshire locals are being encouraged to give their views on NHS Grampian’s plans to bring back a 24-hour children’s ward at Dr Gray’s hospital. Residents have three months to respond to the health board’s consultation. Opening hours at the ward were restricted read more…
Tuesday 2/7/2019
East Ayrshire’s self-directed support success
Strong commitment to enabling individuals to manage their care sees partnership help people ‘transform their lives’
‘A range of community supports’ and a ‘strong ethos’ and commitment to the principles of self-directed support have helped ‘transform’ the lives of older and disabled East Ayrshire residents. In the local partnership report for the area – published as read more…
Monday 1/7/2019
Renfrewshire alcohol & drugs commission launches
Collective response from all services key as commission seeks “true picture” of effects of drugs & alcohol
A group dedicated to addressing the impact of alcohol and drug use on individuals and families has been set up in Renfrewshire. Early intervention, prevention and hearing from those with lived experience will be the focus of the new taskforce. The Renfrewshire community planning partnership's read more…
Monday 1/7/2019
Pregnant mums encouraged to keep track of baby’s kicks
Expecting parents at University Hospital Wishaw get reminder ‘nurture ribbons’
Pregnant mums and their partners at University Hospital Wishaw are being encouraged to keep track of their baby’s movements in the womb through a new initiative that sees nurses give out nurture ribbons as a reminder to think about their child’s kicks and bumps. A baby’s first read more…
Monday 1/7/2019
Kinship carers getting ‘far less’ support
Researcher says local authorities should ensure kinship carers get same support as foster and adoptive parents
A study into looked-after children is concluding that more support needs to be in place for extended family members who become kinship carers when a child cannot remain with their birth parents. Dr Helen Whincup, lead researcher on a study looking at the outcomes of children who have been taken read more…
Monday 1/7/2019
National psychosis network to be established
Project will explore early intervention care and treatment improvements
A national network to explore how psychosis care and treatment can be improved through early intervention is to be set up, the Scottish Government announces today. Healthcare Improvement Scotland will lead the £400,000 two-year project that will devise improvements for services across the read more…
Sunday 30/6/2019
Highland allied health professional event ‘success’
More than 30 fifth and sixth year pupils attend NHS Highland careers day
School pupils across the Highlands are being urged to consider a career as an Allied Health Professional after NHS Highland held a careers day to raise awareness of the opportunities a career as an AHP offers. More than 30 fifth and sixth year pupils attended the event, which was aimed at read more…
Friday 28/6/2019
West Dunbartonshire social care ‘underdeveloped’
Self-directed support report finds council behind others in some areas
A new more personalised model of social care in West Dunbartonshire health and social care partnership is ‘underdeveloped,’ according to a report by the Care Inspectorate. Inspectors found self-directed support was working particularly well for people with learning disabilities and read more…
Friday 28/6/2019
Self-directed support working for those who can get it
Putting individuals in charge of their support is yielding results but review shows access is uneven
Regulators say self-directed support is leading to positive results when people participate but more needs to be done to make the new way of organising care and support accessible to all. Scotland’s Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland are carrying out a review of how the read more…
Friday 28/6/2019
NHS Tayside chair steps down
John Brown says he has confidence for future after “very challenging time”
NHS Tayside’s interim chair John Brown is stepping down after he was brought in to stabilise the health board 15 months ago. Mr Brown, who took up the role after the former chair and chief executive stood down in the wake of an accounting scandal, admits it was a “very challenging read more…
Friday 28/6/2019
Dementia study links gene with brain cell damage
Treatment search could accelerate after scientists gain insight into how a gene increasing risk of Alzheimer’s disrupts brain cells
A recent study of brain tissue from people with Alzheimer’s reveals a type of protein can build up and potentially damage key links in the brains. Scientists say the findings shed light on the causes of the disease and will help to accelerate the search for a treatment. The study, led by read more…
Friday 28/6/2019
Wellbeing services set to help more Borderers
‘Integrated, person-centred care’ to offer tailored support from services across the region
Wellbeing services in the Scottish Borders have combined to help more local residents improve their health. The new single service replaces and brings together the previous LASS (lifestyle advice and support service), Doing Well and Quit Your Way services. Evidence-based interventions and early read more…
Friday 28/6/2019
Health secretary blocks Monklands rebuild
NHS Lanarkshire to re-run process for deciding where to build new hospital instead
The Health Secretary has blocked proposals to rebuild Monklands University Hospital on its existing site after an independent review said NHS Lanarkshire should re-run its selection process for a replacement for the hospital. Lanarkshire health board had initially chosen to build a new hospital read more…
Thursday 27/6/2019
Government considers cuts in £50m pensions fix
Health Secretary sets out ‘unprecedented’ review of spending in letter to NHS boards and IJBs
NHS boards and other areas of goverment face having their budgets revised as a result of a £50m dispute between the Scottish and UK governments over NHS pensions changes, healthandcare.scot can exclusively reveal. In a letter to NHS bosses and finance directors, Health Secretary Jeane read more…
Thursday 27/6/2019
Tayside quality & safety fellows graduate
Lead nurse, consultant forensic psychiatrist and GP among recent healthcare quality improvement programme cohort
Three members of NHS Tayside staff have recently graduated from a national healthcare quality improvement programme. The Scottish quality and safety fellowship (SQSF) is a one-year programme of distance learning, coaching and residential seminars to develop quality improvement and leadership read more…
Thursday 27/6/2019
COSLA health & care lead joins ambulance board
Councillor Stuart Currie “delighted” to be taking on “exciting” additional role
The councillor who leads on health and social care at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) is to join the board of the Scottish Ambulance Service. Councillor Stuart Currie said he was “delighted” to be joining the ambulance service. An East Lothian councillor for more read more…
Thursday 27/6/2019
Research reveals prospect of new heart attack therapy
Blood supply therapy bid boosted by fresh insights into formation of key cells
New therapies to improve recovery after a heart attack could be developed following fresh insights into how key cells are formed. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have developed a system that allows them to study cells that line the walls of blood vessels, called endothelial read more…
Thursday 27/6/2019
Charity calls for lung disease deaths action
British Lung Foundation says early diagnosis key to tackle third biggest killer of Scots
Chronic lung disease was Scotland’s third most common cause of death last year, figures published today by the National Records of Scotland show. Lung disease accounted for 7,128 deaths in Scotland in 2018, representing 12.2% of all deaths – an increase of 0.3% on the year read more…
Wednesday 26/6/2019
Recruitment key to Dr Gray’s plans
Maternity & children’s services at Moray hospital to be restored if workforce challenge can be fixed
NHS Grampian has approved a plan to restore round-the-clock maternity and children’s services at Dr Gray’s hospital in Moray but is warning the new strategy will only succeed if it can attract enough new staff. A new recruitment campaign is to be launched to ensure services can be read more…
Wednesday 26/6/2019
Fife health & social care director steps down
Michael Kellet returns to Scottish Government
Michael Kellet, head of Fife health and social care partnership (HSCP) is stepping down to take up a new role at the Scottish Government in August. Before heading health and care in the Kingdom, Mr Kellet was previously one of the key Scottish Government officials leading the integration of read more…
Wednesday 26/6/2019
‘Devastating’ suicide rise after years of decline
Mental health charity calls for more research into causes of suicide
The number of suicides in Scotland rose significantly in 2018 after years of decline, NHS statistics reveal. The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) says the news, which comes after a 19% decrease in suicide rates since 2004, is “devastating”. “Today’s figures read more…
Wednesday 26/6/2019
New chair for Midlothian Integration Joint Board
Councillor Catherine Johnstone will oversee “exciting and challenging time” for the board
Councillor Catherine Johnstone has been appointed as the new chair of Integration Joint Board (IJB) after votes were cast at yesterday’s meeting of the Midlothian Council. Commenting on the two-year-long appointment, Allister Short, chief officer of the Midlothian IJB, said: read more…
Wednesday 26/6/2019
West of Scotland trauma plans progress
‘Ambitious’ plans will create space at the Queen Elizabeth for 700 more seriously injured patients
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has given its go-ahead for a plan that aims to transform the way people suffering major trauma caused by accidents like falls, fights or car crashes in the west of Scotland are treated. Two major trauma centres are already in operation in Scotland in Aberdeen and read more…
Wednesday 26/6/2019
New era for Edinburgh children’s care
£5m art & therapeutic design programme takes centre stage at state-of-the-art children & young people’s hospital
Two weeks remain until the opening of the new £150m children and young people’s hospital in Edinburgh. An amalgamation of services from the current Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the department of clinical neurosciences at the Western General and Edinburgh’s child and read more…
Wednesday 26/6/2019
Health charity’s inequality warning
Voluntary Health Scotland says inequalities will keep widening without child poverty action
A charity representing more than 150 voluntary health groups across Scotland is warning health disparities between the richest and poorest Scots will continue to widen unless the Scottish Government accelerates plans to reduce child poverty. Voluntary Health Scotland is one of more than 70 read more…
Tuesday 25/6/2019
7:3 gender split for most serious injuries
‘Wide variability’ on key treatment standards across Scotland
Men make up seven out of ten of Scots suffering the most serious injuries caused by things like road accidents, falls and fights, according to health service statistics published today. The most common cause of ‘major trauma’ for men is vehicle accidents – a category including read more…
Tuesday 25/6/2019
Affordable childcare funding pledge
£3m out-of-school childcare fund to be set up to tackle child poverty
More money is being pledged by the Scottish Government to help families on low incomes access after-school and holiday childcare. The £3m announcement comes ahead of a government statement tomorrow about plans to introduce a new top-up benefit payment to tackle child poverty. Ministers are read more…
Tuesday 25/6/2019
Intelligent liver disease detection test developed
Potential to save thousands of lives amid ‘liver failure epidemic’ as test trial shows 44% increase in diagnosis
A new type of test has been developed in Tayside that can detect liver disease at an early stage, potentially saving thousands of lives. Professor John Dillon, consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist, and Dr Ellie Dow, consultant in biochemical medicine, worked with colleagues from NHS read more…
Tuesday 25/6/2019
Plea for urgent poverty payment rethink
Doctors’ groups back Poverty Alliance call for Scottish Government to speed up child poverty reduction plans
Doctors’ groups and health and social campaigners are writing to the First Minister urging her to intervene to speed up plans for a new income supplement to tackle child poverty. The Scottish Government has committed to bringing in a top-up payment in 2022 but supporters say action to help read more…
Tuesday 25/6/2019
Tailored family nurse support yields positive results
Report outlines sometimes life-changing results for young first-time mums
A programme that sees vulnerable new mums get tailored support from a dedicated nurse they build up a relationship with over more than two years is yielding sometimes life-changing results, a new evaluation reveals. The family nurse partnership (FNP), which began in Scotland in 2010, sees read more…
Monday 24/6/2019
More patients waiting for serious dental treatment
More than 1,100 Scots face 12-week wait for hospital dental procedures
More than 1,100 people are facing waits of more than 12 weeks for hospital dental treatment, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats. The party says that’s almost ten times as many patients than four years ago. Statistics published by the Scottish Parliament read more…
Monday 24/6/2019
Fall in alcohol-related admissions
Psychiatric admissions fall by almost half while general acute admissions fall by 17%
The number of alcohol-related emergency hospital admissions has fallen by over 17% since 2007, according to new figures. New analysis released this week by the Scottish Parliament’s information centre (SPICe) shows the number of alcohol-related general acute hospital admissions fell from read more…
Monday 24/6/2019
Outsourcing driving up Edinburgh social care costs
Externally purchased care services £6m over budget
Outsourcing social care services in Edinburgh is the ‘single most significant financial challenge’ facing the city’s health and social care partnership (HSCP), annual accounts reveal. In the last year, ‘externally purchased [social care] services’ – including read more…
Monday 24/6/2019
Home Office refuses to answer on drugs policy
UK Government minister will not give evidence to MPs’ inquiry into drug deaths in Scotland
The Home Office has refused to give evidence to a Westminster committee investigating drug deaths in Scotland, despite sustained criticism over its refusal to allow a safe consumption facility to be established in Glasgow. Pete Wishart MP, who chairs the Scottish Affairs Committee, described the read more…
Saturday 22/6/2019
East Dunbartonshire parks to be smoke-free
Kids urge adults to “keep our playpark smoke-free”
Parks in Bearsden and Milngavie have been designated smoke-free following a project involving a range of public sector partners and 200 primary school children. Kids worked with the East Dunbartonshire Tobacco Alliance to draw up signs encouraging their elders not to smoke at parks in areas read more…
Friday 21/6/2019
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde cares for its carers
Board receives award from Carers Scotland for supporting staff who are carers
Scotland’s largest health board is being recognised for its work to support staff who care for loved ones with a new award from Carers Scotland. NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde received the Carer Positive Award for creating a working environment where carers are valued and read more…
Friday 21/6/2019
Disappointment at trans recognition reform delay
Supporters welcome plans but urge haste amid fears legislation will not pass until 2021
Campaigners and supporters have reacted with disappointment at a delay to Scottish Government plans to reform how trans people legally change their gender. Stonewall Scotland say the proposals will be an “important step towards trans equality” when delivered but warn any further delay read more…
Friday 21/6/2019
‘End of an era’ as Sick Kids Hospital closes
Staff say goodbye as hospital shuts its doors after 150 years
Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children is preparing to close its doors and move to a new site after more than 150 years of caring for children and their families. It will move from its location next to the meadows to a new site in a new BioQuarter alongside the Royal Infirmary in read more…
Friday 21/6/2019
Edinburgh hospital gets dementia friendly hub
People encouraged to use therapeutic space ‘to be themselves’ & spend quality time with family
A new dementia friendly therapeutic and social space has officially opened for people staying at the Ferryfield House Hospital in Pilton, Edinburgh. The Ferryfield Hub is a dementia friendly café, funded by the Ferryfield League of Friends Charity. Attending the opening, Edinburgh’s read more…
Thursday 20/6/2019
New support for South Ayrshire carers
‘Recognition, advice and support’ at centre of new approach
South Ayrshire health and social care partnership (HSCP) has launched a new strategy to support carers, saying ‘recognition, advice and support’ will be at the centre of the new approach. The five-year plan was developed in partnership with South Ayrshire Carers Centre, Crossroads and read more…
Thursday 20/6/2019
Scottish Government to fill £50m NHS pension gap
Move follows dispute between UK and Scottish governments
The Scottish Government is to provide nearly £50m to the health service to fill a pensions black hole created by UK-wide employer contribution changes. GPs, children’s hospices and NHS bodies had warned the cost of filling the gap themselves would harm frontline services. It follows read more…
Thursday 20/6/2019
Clackmannanshire THRIVE project ‘transforming lives’
Participants complete a course focused on healthier lifestyles & supporting parents
Clackmannanshire parents recently took part in a special celebration event to mark the completion of a special 16-week course to increase confidence, live a healthier lifestyle and support their children’s learning and development. Lisa, one of the participants, said: “My depression, read more…
Thursday 20/6/2019
Cardiac patients benefit from new MRI scanner
New machine will help tackle 88% increase in number of imaging exams carried out over last six years
National and regional heart and lung services at the Golden Jubilee Hospital are benefitting from additional scanning capacity thanks to a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Set to deliver over 2,400 scans a year, the scanner will help NHS Scotland meet its waiting times read more…
Thursday 20/6/2019
Fife health & care facing “unpalatable” cuts
Board member believes IJB should refuse to set budget in protest at funding shortfall
Fife health and social care partnership should refuse to set a budget for the coming year and ask the Scottish Government to address a £9m funding shortfall that is leading to “unpalatable” cuts, a partnership board member has suggested. Councillor Tony Miklinski tells read more…
Thursday 20/6/2019
Children of obese mums at higher diabetes risk
‘Urgent need’ to find ways to help women optimise their health in pregnancy
Researchers have found babies born to mothers obese during pregnancy are three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in later life. The same study also found being overweight, but not obese, during pregnancy increased the risk of diabetes in a child by almost half. A research team from read more…
Wednesday 19/6/2019
US mesh expert to be brought to Scotland
Complex case review unit being set up as Health Secretary seeks approval from medical regulator
A top US expert will be brought to Scotland to carry out and train Scottish doctors in mesh removal procedures, the Health Secretary has announced. It follows pressure from campaigners who claimed previous commitments to learn from best practice from abroad fell short. They had called on Jeane read more…
Wednesday 19/6/2019
NHS technology campaign launches
Scots encouraged to use everyday technology to take control of their health, care & wellbeing
A new campaign launched by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) encourages people to use everyday technology such as mobile phones and tablets to control and manage their own health, care and wellbeing. From mobile apps that enable the sharing of clinical information without visiting a hospital to read more…
Wednesday 19/6/2019
Forth Valley surgical capacity to expand
One of two new operating theatres opens soon as part of ‘major plan’ to increase capacity
The first of two additional operating theatres will open at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on Monday as part of a ‘major new plan’ to increase diagnostic, surgical and inpatient capacity. Extra operating lists are already running in the hospital’s existing 14 theatres, including read more…
Wednesday 19/6/2019
Alcohol sales fall to 25-year low
Early indication that minimum unit pricing having positive effect
Alcohol sales have fallen to the lowest level in 25 years in an early indication that alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), introduced just over a year ago, could be bearing fruit. The average Scottish adult purchased just under ten litres of pure alcohol over 2018 – equivalent to 19 units a read more…
Wednesday 19/6/2019
Tory MSP calls for smoking ban extension
Rachael Hamilton says smoking in playgrounds and sports fields should be banned
A Conservative politician is calling for the smoking ban in to be extended to cover playgrounds and outdoor sports venues. Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire, says “children should not be put at risk of second-hand smoke inhalation when they are using a public read more…
Tuesday 18/6/2019
Variable cancer waiting times review underway
Cancer charities back review into varying waiting times according to tumour type
The Scottish NHS is looking into bringing in shorter waiting times for less survivable cancers such as pancreatic, liver and brain cancer, the Health Secretary has confirmed. Speaking at the latest meeting of the cancer cross party group (CPG) in the Scottish Parliament, Jeane Freeman said an read more…
Tuesday 18/6/2019
New stoma care pathway launched
Year-long review leads to action on unwarranted variation in parastomal hernia care
A report and action plan have been published to ensure patients across NHS Scotland receive consistent advice regarding parastomal hernia prevention and management. Reviewed and approved by the chief pharmaceutical and nursing officers, the new approach is to be rolled out across Scotland with read more…
Tuesday 18/6/2019
NHS Lanarkshire linked to hospital food outbreak
Bosses say risk is low after Hairmyres hospital connected to company supplying potentially infected sandwiches
NHS Lanarkshire has confirmed that University Hospital Hairmyres had been previously supplied with potentially infected sandwiches and salads produced by a company at the centre of a listeriosis outbreak in English hospitals. Lanarkshire health board says the chance of any patients being affected read more…
Tuesday 18/6/2019
Borders IJB facing ‘significant’ budget hole
£13m gap leaves health & care partnership needing Scottish Government loan
The body responsible for community health services and social care in the Scottish Borders is warning it will have to rely on cash bailouts to plug a significant funding gap. Borders health & social care partnership plans to request additional funding from its partner NHS Borders, but the read more…
Tuesday 18/6/2019
East Ayrshire IJB hits savings targets
Health bosses report ‘marginally favourable’ financial position despite ‘significantly challenging’ year
East Ayrshire health and social care partnership has bucked the trend across Scotland to report a ‘marginally favourable’ financial position at the end of the most recent financial year. The public authority was £2m under budget at the end of March, according to the read more…
Tuesday 18/6/2019
Striving for Self-directed Care
My support, My Choice: peer researchers & others at the forefront of Self-directed Support research in Scotland address the ALLIANCE annual conference
Getting Self-directed Support right “enables disabled people to have the same freedom, choice and control in their lives as anyone else, to do the ordinary everyday things that non-disabled people can take for granted… To have a dignified life and not just an read more…
Monday 17/6/2019
Patient safety improves across Lanarkshire hospitals
All three acute NHS Lanarkshire hospitals in top ten death rate reductions nationally
All three acute hospitals in Lanarkshire are in the top ten across Scotland for reductions in death rates, a key patient safety measurement reveals. University Hospital Monklands has the lowest hospital standardised mortality ratio (HSMR) of any of the 29 participating hospitals. Meanwhile, read more…
Monday 17/6/2019
Continued rise in Tayside drug deaths
Mental health support & targeted early interventions recommended as drug deaths still ‘considerable’ concern
The number of drug deaths in Tayside continues to rise and remains a considerable public health concern, according to a report released today. Appropriate mental health support and acting on opportunities for targeted early intervention to reduce the risk of future drug deaths are among the read more…
Monday 17/6/2019
Malcolm Wright appointed head of NHS Scotland
Having served as interim chief executive, Malcolm Wright is appointed on a permanent basis as director general of health & social care and chief executive of NHS Scotland
After acting as chief executive of NHS Scotland and director general of health and social care at the Scottish Government on an interim basis, Malcolm Wright will now take on both roles on a permanent basis. “With more than 40 years’ experience in a variety of roles, he brings a read more…
Monday 17/6/2019
Multiple Sclerosis register a ‘powerful new resource’
Multiple sclerosis map confirms Scotland has one of the highest global rates of the disease & reveals stark regional differences
A multiple sclerosis map confirms Scotland has one of the highest global rates of the disease – while revealing stark regional differences, the causes of which are not entirely clear. Orkney continues to top the table for rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Scotland, a study has revealed, read more…
Monday 17/6/2019
Dundee brings in carer support toolkit
Staff & volunteers to benefit from “go to” guide to carers support
Healthcare, social work and social care staff in Dundee are to benefit from a new information pack that will provide a “go to” resource to help them identify and support carers. The toolkit was developed by Dundee Carers Partnership after staff asked for easy to access information read more…
Monday 17/6/2019
Over 75 TV licence means-test “deeply unfair”
Age Scotland highlights BBC research finding poorest older Scots will lose out
40,000 of the poorest Scottish pensioners could lose out on their TV licences under proposals to means-test the free entitlement for over-75s, according to a BBC report. Age Scotland is calling on the next Prime Minister to “step in to prevent further hardship among those least able to read more…
Friday 14/6/2019
MSPs to examine anti-FGM plans
Holyrood committee calls for views on FGM protection order proposals
A committee of MSPs is to examine Scottish Government proposals to better protect women and girls from female genital mutilation. Ruth Maguire, convener of the Equalities & Human Rights Committee, says the practice “violates the fundamental human rights and basic dignity of women and read more…
Friday 14/6/2019
Edinburgh celebrates John’s Campaign
Organisations in the capital pledge to help relatives stay with loved ones with dementia
Care homes and hospitals in Edinburgh are being encouraged to help carers and families spend time with loved ones with dementia when they’re no longer at home. Edinburgh health and social care partnership is backing John’s Campaign, which encourages ‘small but significant’ read more…
Friday 14/6/2019
Children in care treated like ‘second class citizens’
Scotland still “long way” from respecting wishes of young people in care, charity warns
People who have experience of growing up in care will today deliver a letter to Nicola Sturgeon urging her to act as a report warns Scotland risks a ‘forgotten generation’ if more is not done to protect the rights of children in care. Who Cares? Scotland says children in care are too read more…
Friday 14/6/2019
Fife launches carers income maximisation scheme
Carers will be supported to claim benefits they are entitled to
Fife carers are to benefit from a new scheme helping them claim the benefits they are entitled to. The Scottish Government has previously said there could be as many as 500,000 cases of individuals or families not claiming benefits they are eligible for. Now, Fife health and social care read more…
Thursday 13/6/2019
New regulations to make school meals healthier
Maximum limits on red meat consumption & more fruit and vegetables among new measures
Red meat will increasingly be off the menu in Scotland’s schools under new regulations to be introduced by the Scottish Government. More fruit and vegetables and less processed red meat and sugar are among the changes. Maximum limits for consumption of red processed meat – such as read more…
Thursday 13/6/2019
Named person ‘uncertainty’ slows agency response
Confusion about child protection policy among professionals could have hindered response to serious cases, according to report
Scotland’s care regulator says ‘uncertainty’ about the Scottish Government’s named person scheme undermined public agencies’ response in some of the most serious child protection cases.  In a report considering reviews dealing with cases where a child had died read more…
Thursday 13/6/2019
Governments consult on fortifying flour
UK & Scottish governments consulting on mandatory fortification with folic acid to prevent foetal abnormalities
A consultation has been launched on adding folic acid to flour in the UK to ensure expectant mothers get the nutrients they need to reduce birth defects, particularly in the early stages of pregnancy. Evidence from the Scientific Advisory Committee of Nutrition suggests expectant mothers can take read more…
Thursday 13/6/2019
Half of IJBs without emergency cash
Nationwide deficit of £75m as savings targets missed across Scotland
Just under half of the public bodies leading health and social care integration in Scotland have no emergency cash set aside, despite fears Brexit – set to take place in October – could cause a spike in medicines prices. Scotland’s 31 integration authorities also faced a read more…
Thursday 13/6/2019
New prostate cancer scanning a ‘game-changer’
Four Scottish centres will get new service to detect advanced prostate cancer
A technique that allows for more accurate diagnosis of possible prostate cancer relapse is to be rolled out to four centres across Scotland.   Gallium scanning technology will be funded by NHS Scotland and allows clinicians to identify exactly where any follow-up tumours are located, read more…
Thursday 13/6/2019
Glasgow infant mental health trial expands
Research looks at effectiveness of different support models for infants in care
A Glasgow university research trial testing the effectiveness of an infant mental health service for children in care is to expand to Renfrewshire and four London boroughs. BeST? compares the traditional approach to a new model, originally developed in New Orleans, that helps to determine when a read more…
Wednesday 12/6/2019
Degree requirement for new Scots paramedics
Ambulance service and NHS educators drawing up university courses taking effect from 2021
From September 2021, aspiring Scots paramedics will have to complete undergraduate degrees that will be offered at universities across Scotland, following planned changes by the UK regulator. Currently, ambulance technicians who want to become paramedics have to complete a two-year diploma at the read more…
Wednesday 12/6/2019
Social care reform programme launched
New Scottish Government vision for adult social care says support should ‘fit around a person’
Speaking at the Social Work Scotland conference today, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has launched a new plan to ‘fully implement self-directed support’. A policy panel of unpaid carers and people with lived experience of social care support was convened to help shape the plan, which read more…
Wednesday 12/6/2019
Staff shortages hit Airdrie out-of-hours GP services
12% of weekend & evening GP shifts in Lanarkshire going unstaffed amid recruitment & retention challenges
Out-of-hours GP services in Airdrie have had to close twice this year because of a shortage of doctors – and 12 times last year. Patients needing to see a doctor were instead offered a home visit or a taxi to the out-of-hours centre in Hamilton. Approximately 12% of weekend and evening GP read more…
Wednesday 12/6/2019
MP calls for Glasgow safe consumption room action
Alison Thewliss MP tells Home Secretary “status quo is failing”
An SNP MP has written to Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, urging him to ‘stop blocking plans’ for a safe drug consumption facility (SDCF) in Glasgow. In her letter to the Home Secretary, Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, outlines an ‘upsurge in needle sharing which has read more…
Wednesday 12/6/2019
MSPs vote in favour of opt-out organ donation
Hopes new legislation will encourage individuals to make their wishes known & result in more organs being donated
MSPs today voted in favour of the introduction of an opt-out organ donation system in Scotland. Scotland has the highest percentage of people on the organ donor register in the UK but the lowest actual rate of organ donation per million people. First introduced to the Scottish Parliament in June read more…
Tuesday 11/6/2019
Renfrewshire council Carer Positive employer
Local authority has “genuine commitment” to helping staff who are also carers
Renfrewshire council has been recognised as a Carer Positive employer for the support and flexibility it offers staff who have to provide care for loved ones. Since last year, employees who are primary carers can get extra paid leave to help them balance work and caring commitments. Now the read more…
Tuesday 11/6/2019
Work begins at new Greenock health centre
Health secretary Jeane Freeman opens construction of £20m project
Jeane Freeman, the Health Secretary, has formally opened construction on a new £20m health and care centre in Greenock. Greater Glasgow & Clyde health board says the project will transform the environment care is delivered and will help redesign services from a patient’s read more…
Tuesday 11/6/2019
Expert group to look for mesh treatments abroad
Scottish Government convenes a group of clinicians to review, compare & contrast how Scotland treats women experiencing transvaginal mesh complications
Scottish clinicians will embark on fact-finding trips abroad to look at treatment approaches for women experiencing transvaginal mesh complications and ‘consider how these can be provided in Scotland’. This could include more women being offered the option of mesh removal if they want read more…
Monday 10/6/2019
Royal recognition for Scots health workers
Queen’s birthday honours list includes medics, academics & volunteers from across Scotland
Scots medics, academics, volunteers and researchers are among those who have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Dr Alan McDevitt of Bearsden, a former chair of the Scottish GP committee of the British Medical Association, received a CBE for his contribution to the health read more…
Monday 10/6/2019
Paisley hospital breast cancer gym success
Women being treated for breast cancer are benefitting from specialised classes focusing on rebuilding strength and avoiding isolation
People being treated for breast cancer at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) are being helped to build their fitness and prevent loneliness with a specialised gym class. Running in 12-week blocks and funded by MacMillan Cancer Support, the tailor-made classes are designed to rebuild read more…
Monday 10/6/2019
Ayrshire new mums to get breastfeeding help
Health board is trialling integrated support teams including peer supporters
A new way of supporting new mothers to breastfeed is to be trialled at NHS Ayrshire & Arran. The project brings together maternity staff, health visitors, infant nutrition teams and peer mentors with experience of breastfeeding and will initially focus on babies born by C section, before read more…
Friday 7/6/2019
Lanarkshire hosts breastfeeding summit
200 staff and volunteers pledge to do all they can to make breastfeeding “the norm”
Almost 200 professionals and volunteers at NHS Lanarkshire pledged to support breastfeeding at a summit earlier this week. Irene Barkby, executive director of nursing, midwives and allied health professionals at the board, said the aim was to make Lanarkshire a place “where breastfeeding is read more…
Friday 7/6/2019
Falkirk IJB warns finances ‘very high risk’
Health & social care partnership says it will be at least September before it can decide what services it needs to cut
Falkirk health and social care partnership is warning it faces a ‘very high risk’ financial position because of a delay in receiving proposals to balance the books from its partner NHS Forth Valley. A report being considering at the governing Integration Joint Board’s meeting read more…
Friday 7/6/2019
NHS Borders commits to balancing the books
The board provides window on funding challenges being faced across Scotland
Financial pressures at one of Scotland’s NHS boards shed light on the cash squeeze many health bodies across the country are facing. In a statement following questions in the Scottish Parliament, NHS Borders says it’s aiming to return to a balanced budget ‘as soon as read more…
Friday 7/6/2019
Call for abortion clinic protest buffer zones
Lib Dem MSP says everyone should be able to access medical treatment “without fear of harassment or intimidation”
The Scottish Government has been urged to give local authorities additional powers so they can impose buffer zones to stop protests around abortion clinics. Alex Cole-Hamilton, the Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, is calling on ministers to “give councils the power to protect read more…
Friday 7/6/2019
Scots back junk food advert bans
Poll reveals widespread support for tough restrictions on unhealthy food advertising on TV, online and packaging
A new poll is pointing to strong support for a 9pm watershed for the advertising of unhealthy foods to help fight childhood obesity. The survey commissioned by Obesity Action Scotland found majority support for a ban on junk food advertising on TV, online and outside the home before 9pm. The read more…
Thursday 6/6/2019
Tayside backs realistic medicine
Conference first step of ‘wider conversation’ about style of care
Realistic medicine should be a key part of NHS Tayside’s reform programme to save money and improve services, Grant Archibald, the board’s chief executive, has said.   “Realistic medicine has huge potential for us to do things differently in Tayside and put us at the read more…
Thursday 6/6/2019
Brain disorder leaves ‘legacy of disability’
Results will help doctors diagnose hidden brain condition FND
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have confirmed a difficult-to-diagnose hidden brain condition has long-term, sometimes disabling, physical effects. Four out of five people with FND, which causes limb weakness or paralysis, were found to have lasting physical difficulties 14 years on read more…
Thursday 6/6/2019
Social care no deal preparations ramp up
Scottish Government looks to understand no deal Brexit contingency plans in sector
The Scottish Government has begun surveying social care leaders to find out how well they might cope with shortages of vital supplies so ministers can understand how much support the sector would need if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Scottish Care, the representative body for voluntary and read more…
Thursday 6/6/2019
Study sheds light on how cells can sense cancer
New therapies could be developed after researchers gain fresh insight into how cells alert the body when they are in danger of becoming cancerous
A mechanism that forms a natural part of the ageing process could be used to help the body detect cancer cells sooner so they can be removed before tumours are formed, according to scientists at the University of Edinburgh. Scientists have discovered that regular cells can take on characteristics read more…
Wednesday 5/6/2019
Calls for ‘minimum’ of 15 minutes for GP appointments
RCGP Scotland says ‘unique and irreplaceable’ role of GPs under pressure
GP appointments should be extended from ten to at least 15 minutes long, the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP) say. RCGP Scotland believes this would reduce risk and ensure patients’ needs are met, but would only be possible with an increase in the number of GPs and a read more…
Wednesday 5/6/2019
Screen time ban for kids with concussion
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde produces new advice for parents of children recovering from bang to the head
Children should be banned from their phones, TVs and computers for up to two days following a knock to the head, says Scotland’s largest NHS board. New guidance at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde states children recovering from concussion should not be allowed any screen time for 24 hours read more…
Wednesday 5/6/2019
NHS agency staff spend rises
Scottish Government hails ‘record number of NHS staff’ while others warn level still insufficient 
NHS Scotland spent £26.2m on nursing and midwifery agency staff during the last financial year, representing an increase of 10.9% in comparison to 2017-18. Meanwhile, the total spend on bank staff increased by 6.5% to £161.9m. This is one of the health service workforce statistics read more…
Tuesday 4/6/2019
Therapeutic robotic seals land in Borders
Dementia patients’ wellbeing enhanced & medication reduced by two interactive medical devices
A pair of advanced interactive therapeutic robotic seals have been helping dementia patients in NHS Borders. Named Dougal and Flo, the two certified medical devices are fluffy seals that help enhance the wellbeing of patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other complex cognitive read more…
Tuesday 4/6/2019
Breastfeeding animations launch in Lanarkshire
Advice on sleeping patterns & frequency of feeding among new resources to support mums and dispel common misconceptions around breastfeeding
In the middle of Scottish breastfeeding awareness week 2019, NHS Lanarkshire has launched a collection of animations to ‘myth bust’ common misconceptions around breastfeeding. The animations highlight getting out and about when breastfeeding, how to know a baby is getting enough milk read more…
Tuesday 4/6/2019
Child mental health services need ‘fundamental shift’
Scottish Children’s Services Coalition calls for ‘radical transformation’ to end ‘postcode lottery’
A ‘radical transformation’ of mental health services is needed to address the fact that more than a quarter of children needing help in Scotland are waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment. That’s according to an alliance of leading providers of education, care and support to read more…
Tuesday 4/6/2019
Emergency services pledge dementia action
Dementia-friendly services to be delivered by fire, ambulance and police services across Scotland
Scotland’s fire, police and ambulance services have pledged to make their services dementia-friendly. Attending Alzheimer Scotland’s annual conference this week, Scotland’s emergency services have joined forces to collectively sign the 2025 dementia pledge as part of dementia read more…
Tuesday 4/6/2019
Borders older adult day services revamp
Day centres to be replaced with community-based opportunities
A programme to replace day centres for older people with support to help them get involved in their local communities is being extended by the Scottish Borders health and social care partnership. Rob McCulloch-Graham, the partnership’s chief officer, says there is a “growing read more…
Tuesday 4/6/2019
New premises for Tayside forensic medical services
Dedicated multi-agency service will provide ‘truly person-centred approach’ to supporting adults who have experienced rape or sexual assault
Tayside healthcare and forensic medical service has officially opened new premises in Dundee that will help support adults who have experienced rape or sexual assault. The new dedicated multi-agency service means adults who have experienced these crimes no longer have to attend a police read more…
Tuesday 4/6/2019
Experts gather for Dementia Awareness Week
Alzheimer Scotland dementia conference begins today
Researchers, policymakers, healthcare workers and academics meet in Edinburgh today alongside people with dementia and their carers as Alzheimer Scotland’s annual conference begins. Attendees will explore the latest advances in dementia care being led from Scotland, covering brain health, read more…
Monday 3/6/2019
Breastfeeding support ‘strong’ in Scotland
Further action to promote a supportive return to work environment for breastfeeding mums called for
Breastfeeding support in Scotland has been rated highly by an expert group in a report published today. The effectiveness, affordability and feasibility of current support in Scotland was assessed as ‘strong’ by the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) Scottish Committee at the read more…
Monday 3/6/2019
Nominations open for Scotland’s healing heroes
Health secretary Jeane Freeman attends the launch of the Scottish Health Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the Scottish Health Awards 2019, ‘celebrating the exceptional achievements of unsung heroes’ working in health and social care in Scotland. With 17 categories, the Scottish Health Awards recognise those going the extra mile to improve the health read more…
Monday 3/6/2019
Public Health Scotland shadow chair appointed
Professor Jim McGoldrick to be shadow chair of Scotland’s new public health organisation
With less than a year to go until the establishment of Public Health Scotland, Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, has appointed Professor Jim McGoldrick to be shadow chair of the new agency. Professor McGoldrick is convenor of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and read more…
Friday 31/5/2019
Scaling down cancer in Scotland
Cancer Research UK calls for price promotion restrictions on unhealthy foods amid fears obesity will become biggest preventable cause of cancer
Cancer Research UK is calling on the Scottish Government to clamp down on price promotions on unhealthy foods as it warns rising obesity could become the biggest cause of preventable cancer in Scotland.   Now responsible for more deaths than any other disease in Scotland, one in two people read more…
Friday 31/5/2019
Scots to get home blood pressure monitoring
Scale-up blood pressure initiative that reduces GP appointments to be expanded across Scotland
New technology that enables patients to monitor their blood pressure at home and help deliver more accurate readings is set to be rolled out across the country. Measuring blood pressure is the third most common reason for attending primary care appointments in Scotland, with 1.2 million read more…
Friday 31/5/2019
NHS Event: Delivering Integration in Scotland
Entering its 14th year, the largest NHS Event to date focuses on the delivery of integrated health and social care services
Scots providing care or support are being encouraged by the head of the health service in Scotland to ask those they look after ‘what matters to you?’ next week to ensure more people get person-centred care. A Healthcare Improvement Scotland initiative, national ‘what matters to read more…
Friday 31/5/2019
‘Pregnancy test’ for chest infections trialled
University of Dundee scientists develop new test that can detect likelihood of a patient getting a chest infection in minutes
A new test that could detect the risk of an individual getting a chest infection in minutes has been trialled by scientists at the University of Dundee. The neutrophil elastase airway test stik (NEATstik) highlights the presence of an enzyme called neutrophil elastase, which is found in the read more…
Friday 31/5/2019
Progress in developing genetic disease DNA tests
Edinburgh team helps bring routine testing for multiple genetic changes a step closer
Diseases caused by genetic changes could be detected more readily thanks to an advance in DNA analysis software. Research led by teams at the University of Edinburgh and the European Bioinformatics Institute at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-EBI) has led to the development of a read more…
Thursday 30/5/2019
Aberdeenshire’s virtual community wards
Hospital admissions reduce as multi-disciplinary teams collaborate to enable more patients able to stay at home
A new model of care in Aberdeenshire is offering an alternative to admitting vulnerable, predominately older, people to hospital. Virtual community wards (VCWs) see a multi-disciplinary team organised around GP practices identify at risk people and provide them with the tailored support they need read more…
Thursday 30/5/2019
Ayrshire & Arran MS campaign begins
Research shows one in ten people with condition do not seek support often enough
A campaign encouraging people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to seek support for their condition launches today in Ayrshire and Arran, as statistics show one in ten people with the condition see a specialist less than guidelines recommend. The 1MSg campaign, backed by biotech company Biogen and read more…
Thursday 30/5/2019
Early statin treatment may help Fragile X sufferers
University of Edinburgh researchers hopeful cholesterol drug in infancy could prevent learning problems
Children with an inherited form of intellectual disability and autism could be helped by taking a medicine commonly used to lower cholesterol early in life, according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s Patrick Wild Centre and Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain. The read more…
Thursday 30/5/2019
No amount of alcohol safe during pregnancy
Major step forward in study of brain circuitry sheds light on effect of alcohol on foetal brain development
An international team of researchers has taken a ‘major step forward’ in understanding how expectant mothers’ alcohol consumption affects foetal brain development. “Our study, involving brain connectivity and cognition, combined with mathematical modelling, shows that read more…
Wednesday 29/5/2019
MPs told drug users need compassion, not custody
Westminster committee hears voices of Scots with experience of addiction during inquiry into problem drug-use
The current approach of criminalising people who use drugs is making the problem worse and needs to be drastically overhauled, an influential committee of MPs has been told by Scots with personal experience of addiction. Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee is investigating problem drug read more…
Wednesday 29/5/2019
NHS Tayside challenges ‘remain significant’
‘Lessons need to be learned’ from NHS Tayside governance failings, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee
The performance of NHS Tayside and of other health boards in Scotland needs to be ‘significantly improved’ in order to restore public confidence, a group of MSPs has said. The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit & Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PAPLS) Committee published a report read more…
Wednesday 29/5/2019
Consultation on new public health agency begins
Public Health Scotland consultation includes possibility of ‘at least partial’ co-location with local government
The formation of a national public health agency for Scotland moves a step closer as the Scottish Government launches a consultation on the new body, which will be up and running by April 2020. Public Health Scotland will bring public health expertise that is currently spread across different read more…
Wednesday 29/5/2019
Immune discovery could boost cancer therapies
University of Edinburgh scientists identify naturally produced molecule that could improve cancer treatment
Cancer therapies that use immune cells to trigger the body to attack tumours could be improved by a molecule that boosts their function, according to scientists at the University of Edinburgh. Studies with mice have found the improved therapies produced a powerful anti-cancer immune response, read more…
Wednesday 29/5/2019
Suicide prevention toolkit launched
All council health and social care workers and all 42 professional Scottish football teams will get new training
A new mental health and suicide prevention initiative in partnership between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Professional Football League and the Scottish FA has been launched today by Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey. Speaking to healthandcare.scot, the MSP describes mental health read more…
Tuesday 28/5/2019
Green light for Highland NHS investment plan
New hospitals for Skye and Aviemore part of £48m modernisation of services
Plans by NHS Highland to modernise health and social care services in Skye, Lochalsh, and South West Ross, as well as Badenoch & Strathspey, have been given the go ahead by the Scottish Government.   The £48m initiative will see two new community hospitals built at Broadford on read more…
Tuesday 28/5/2019
2 in 5 wait too long for social care
Age Scotland’s latest report highlights 6,000 individuals & their families facing long waits for social care
43% of older people in Scotland assessed as needing substantial or critical care in 2018 waited longer than the recommended six-weeks, according to research conducted by a leading charity. A new report from Age Scotland highlights a wide range of waiting times experienced by service users across read more…
Tuesday 28/5/2019
Hospital ban on selling energy drinks to under 16s
Doctors group says ban should go far wider
Shops in hospitals will be banned from selling high-caffeine energy drinks to children, the Scottish Government announces today. The Public Health Minister, Joe FitzPatrick, says: “It is right that our hospitals show a lead in providing food and drink which is health promoting.” Now read more…
Sunday 26/5/2019
Austerity ‘undermining’ Scots’ health
Scotland’s public health body says UK Government welfare cuts are contributing to ill-health
Scotland’s public health body says the UK Government’s policy of austerity is ‘undermining’ efforts to improve health among the poorest Scots and stopping them from living healthy lives. NHS Health Scotland’s chief executive, Gerry McLaughlin, also claims poverty is read more…
Friday 24/5/2019
Edinburgh health & care facing funding black hole
£7m spending gap looms as officials at health & care partnership dip into savings and accelerate cuts
Edinburgh health & social care partnership faces a £7m funding shortfall for the coming year despite introducing a tough savings regime and dipping into its reserves. According to papers for today’s meeting of the governing Integration Joint Board (IJB), senior leaders at the read more…
Friday 24/5/2019
Western Isles Lyme disease research recognised
Teams of doctors and students awarded for work developing Lyme disease evidence base at NHS Western Isles
A team of doctors and students from Glasgow university have been recognised for their research into the tick-borne disease Lyme disease in the Western Isles. Dr Caroline Millins and Dr Roman Biek led a team of students to carry out the work, in partnership with the local health board, Scottish read more…
Friday 24/5/2019
NHS gagging clauses plummet
Use of non-disclosure clauses in health service settlement agreements all but ceases
The number of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) agreed between NHS boards and former staff has reduced dramatically in recent years, according to the Scottish Government. While so-called gagging clauses are not a legal barrier to people whistleblowing about care, patient safety or other issues at read more…
Friday 24/5/2019
Glasgow care homes share red bag project results
Unscheduled admissions and transitions back into community settings made easier by new scheme
Care homes in Glasgow have shared their experiences of a project that gives residents a red bag with all their essentials in it to smooth transitions between home and hospital. First introduced in July 2018 to 22 participating care and residential homes, the simple initiative means each resident read more…
Thursday 23/5/2019
Praise for technology enabled care in Tayside
New report commends a home mobile monitoring initiative introduced by the Angus health and social care partnership
An evaluation report, commissioned by the Scottish Government, has praised a home mobile health monitoring (HMHM) initiative in Tayside. The initiative makes use of Florence – a simple text messaging system that sends text messages to peoples’ mobile phones reminding them to take read more…
Thursday 23/5/2019
St John’s A&E refurb plans get go ahead
Emergency care will continue ‘uninterrupted’ during £4m project
An ‘ambitious’ £4m plan to transform the emergency department at the St John’s hospital in Livingston has today been approved by NHS Lothian and West Lothian Integration Joint Board (IJB). Health leaders say the expansion programme is needed as demand on A&E at the read more…
Thursday 23/5/2019
Aspirin green light for brain bleed stroke patients
Edinburgh university researchers find anti-clotting medicines group does not increase risk of brain haemorrhage recurrences
People who have suffered stroke caused by brain haemorrhage can take common medicines such as aspirin without increasing the risk of another stroke, a major clinical trial has found. Researchers led by the University of Edinburgh say the findings offer reassurance for people who regularly take read more…
Wednesday 22/5/2019
Call for IJB carer reps to get expenses
Report finds most Integration Joint Boards expect carers representatives to subsidise role from own pocket
Carer representatives on the boards of the public bodies setting the direction of health and social care in Scotland should be paid expenses so they don’t have to subsidise their duties from their own pockets. That’s one of the recommendations included in a new report from a group of read more…
Wednesday 22/5/2019
‘Serious challenges’ at Tayside mental health services
Report warns getting care can be ‘difficult’ as Scottish Government announces new oversight body
Mental health services in NHS Tayside face ‘serious challenges’ in areas like crisis support, patient safety and care quality, an interim report has found. David Strang, who chairs the inquiry investigating mental health support at the board, says there are ‘many’ examples read more…
Wednesday 22/5/2019
Mental health quality & safety board to be set up
Critical interim report on mental health services in NHS Tayside prompts government to establish new oversight group
“New thinking is required to address the serious challenges that are facing the provision of mental health services in NHS Tayside”, according to an interim report on mental health services published today. Clare Haughey, the Minister for Mental Health, has said the Scottish read more…
Wednesday 22/5/2019
‘Still much to do’ on drug & alcohol deaths
Scottish Government reiterates call for more powers to tackle drugs deaths in light of new Audit Scotland report on services
A report by Scotland’s public spending watchdog says there is ‘still much to do’ to bring down drug- and alcohol-related deaths and promote recovery. Audit Scotland welcomes Scottish Government initiatives to reduce the harm caused by drugs and make alcohol less attractive but read more…
Tuesday 21/5/2019
The future of lung health in Scotland
Scotland punching above its weight when it comes to lung disease research, minister tells British Lung Foundation reception
From developing a ‘lung-print’ to help clinicians tailor treatments for bronchiectasis sufferers to using digital technology to improvement care for people living with mesothelioma, the British Lung Foundation’s (BLF) recent parliamentary reception demonstrated the appetite of read more…
Tuesday 21/5/2019
Digital health services boost for Ayrshire students
Students are being encouraged to go digital to help them look after their health
NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Ayrshire College and NHS 24 are collaborating to encourage students to go digital to help them look after their health. Three computer tablets have been provided by NHS Ayrshire & Arran for students across Ayrshire College campuses to use as and when they need read more…
Tuesday 21/5/2019
Chairs of mental health reviews announced
Reviews of 2003 mental health law and forensic mental health services to be “stakeholder-driven and evidence-led”
The chairs of two independent reviews into mental health law and services in Scotland have been announced today. John Scott QC will head an investigation into the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, which sets out the framework for people with a mental illness or learning read more…
Monday 20/5/2019
Project to help people cope scales up
Offer of compassionate support to people in distress to be expanded to 16- and 17-year olds
A pilot project that looks to prevent mental health problems early on by offering support to people in distress is to expand to include 16- and 17-year olds. The Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) initiative aims to help people who are experiencing mental pain without admitting them to formal read more…
Monday 20/5/2019
Jeane Freeman MSP: if it works, do it across Scotland
Health secretary’s patience for not sharing good practice running out
Health service leaders are being urged to adopt things that are working in other parts of Scotland – or be prepared to explain why not. Speaking to the third health and social integration event, organised by the Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland, Jeane Freeman MSP told delegates one read more…
Monday 20/5/2019
New chief for Glasgow health & care partnership
Susanne Millar appointed interim chief officer
She takes over from David Williams, who has been seconded to the Scottish Government, where he leads on the delivery of health and social care integration. Ms Millar has held a range of positions across care services in the city, including heading up children’s services, and homelessness read more…
Monday 20/5/2019
Success for Fife mental health employability project
Involvement of people with experience of mental health problems “invaluable”
A Fife project that engaged with people with first-hand experience of mental ill-health to see how people recovering from mental health problems could be helped back into work has concluded. Delivering Differently also brought together the local council, volunteer groups and businesses. Among read more…
Monday 20/5/2019
Feedback sought on Orkney health masterplan
‘Stretched’ resources mean ‘different ways of working’ needed, officials say
Health bosses in Orkney are asking locals what they think of a new masterplan for health and social care services on the isles for the next three years. Orkney health and care (OHAC) says it has to ‘develop different ways of working’ because of ‘stretched resources’ and read more…
Monday 20/5/2019
People with learning disabilities asked ‘how’s life?’
First national survey for people with learning disabilities since 2006 launches
People with learning disabilities in Scotland are being asked about their wellbeing and the challenges they face in everyday life in a major new survey launched by a group of leading charities. The survey, which opened this week and will run until Monday 30th September, was developed by the read more…
Friday 17/5/2019
Call to get more rural & poor Scots into medicine
RCPE says government should be ‘more ambitious’ recruiting Scots from underrepresented backgrounds to medical school
A leading doctors’ group is calling on the Scottish Government to be ‘more ambitious’ and expand a training programme that aims to get Scots from rural and poorer areas into medical school. Professor Derek Bell of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, which has more than read more…
Friday 17/5/2019
Young people to get more consistent consent advice
New government guidance for teachers, youth workers and health professionals welcomed by LGBT Youth Scotland and Rape Crisis Scotland
Advice to young people on healthy relationships and consent is to become more consistent under a new Scottish Government educational resource for public sector employees like teachers, health professionals and youth workers. The key messages for advice to secondary school-age young people centre read more…
Friday 17/5/2019
Childhood trauma training expands
Programme to teach health workers, teachers and police to respond compassionately to trauma advances
A programme to train healthcare staff, teachers and police to recognise and respond compassionately to the effects of childhood trauma is to be expanded, the Scottish Government has announced. Three pilot councils - Argyll & Bute, Midlothian and Glasgow - have been asked to develop bespoke read more…
Thursday 16/5/2019
Funding squeeze pushing care charities out of sector
”Much bigger than just being about money” – the third sector social care providers not paid enough to cover their costs
Increasing numbers of third sector care providers are withdrawing from areas of the social care sector because they do not receive enough funding from local authorities to keep delivering contracts, it has emerged. The research by the Coalition of Care & Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) read more…
Thursday 16/5/2019
NHS Forth Valley research increases sevenfold
More than 200 studies and trials took place in the health board last year
The number of clinical studies and trials taking place in NHS Forth Valley has increased sevenfold in the last 15 years, the health board has announced. Research trials at the board have increased dramatically from 32 in 2004 to 210 in 2018, covering conditions including diabetes, Crohn’s, read more…
Wednesday 15/5/2019
Scanning equipment donated to Ninewells Hospital
“Potentially ground-breaking” device gifted by Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust
Women attending cervical screening tests at Ninewells hospital in Dundee are to benefit from specialist scanning equipment donated by the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust. The ZedScan device was donated by former Scotland footballer Willie Henderson, whose daughter Michelle founded the read more…
Wednesday 15/5/2019
New vision for mental health across Ayrshire
Health bosses say goal is people getting ‘right support, at the right time, with the right person’
Mental health services across Ayrshire are to become more community-focused with the aim of people getting the ‘right support, at the right time, with the right person’, under plans set to be approved by health bosses. Officials stress the vision for the next eight years reflects a read more…
Wednesday 15/5/2019
Lib Dems in NHS waiting time apology bid
Government should provide realistic waiting times and say sorry to patients who wait longer than 12 weeks, party says
Today the Liberal Democrats will call on the Health Secretary to apologise to patients who wait longer than the 12-week treatment time guarantee. The party says the Scottish Government is failing to abide by a 2012 law that says all eligible patients should get their treatment within three read more…
Wednesday 15/5/2019
The art of governance - RCPE conference
Collaboration, diversity and candour come to the fore at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s first ever governance conference
A call to arms to address governance across healthcare in Scotland was zealously answered at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s inaugural quality governance conference last week. Held at the Royal College’s (RCPE) quarters in Scotland’s capital, a wealth of read more…
Tuesday 14/5/2019
Highland anti-smoking efforts commended
NHS Highland, Highland Council and Inverness College win national award for work to protect children from tobacco
NHS Highland, Highland Council Trading Standards and the University of Highlands & Islands’ Inverness College have been recognised for their work to make the next generation tobacco-free.   The organisations are working towards Action on Smoking’s (ASH) Charter for a read more…
Tuesday 14/5/2019
Disabled Scots ‘pay same’ despite free personal care
Complex social care charging rules could see many people with disabilities seeing no benefit from Frank’s Law, campaigners claim
Many disabled people could still end up paying the same amount for their care despite the new policy of extending free personal care to the under-65s, a group of campaigners has claimed. Under the new regime, introduced at the beginning of April this year, non-personal care, including help with read more…
Tuesday 14/5/2019
Child abuse survivor payments begin
Hopes scheme will provide ‘tangible recognition’ of harm suffered by children abused in care
A redress scheme for survivors who were abused while in care has made its first payments. The Scottish Government hopes it will provide ‘tangible recognition’ of the harm done to them as children. The advanced payment initiative is the first stage of a formal redress scheme planned read more…
Tuesday 14/5/2019
Breakthrough in stem cell immunity research
Quest for stem cell therapies boosted by immune system discovery
A discovery of how stem cells are protected from viruses could inform the development of therapies for use in medicine, research carried out by scientists at the University of Edinburgh suggests. The finding could help research aimed at boosting the immune response of stem cells – early read more…
Tuesday 14/5/2019
£25m to research ‘bigger picture’ behind disease
Three Scotland-based research initiatives among recipients of first funding round of the UK prevention research partnership
Leading researchers, local and national policy makers, charities, non-government organisations and the public are to be brought together in new projects trying to tackle diseases such as diabetes and cancer. The UK prevention research partnership (UKPRP) is investing £25m into understanding read more…
Tuesday 14/5/2019
Researchers to investigate unhealthy choices
Edinburgh-led study to focus on tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food advertising and marketing
An international research collaboration headed by the University of Edinburgh is to look at how governments can tackle unhealthy choices promoted by big tobacco, and food and alcohol businesses. The £6m initiative will focus on the commercial products and choices that limit people’s read more…
Monday 13/5/2019
Call for dedicated care home pharmacists
Move would reduce over-medication and improve residents’ care, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland says
The professional body for pharmacists is calling on the Scottish Government to pay for care homes to have dedicated in-house pharmacists to improve residents’ care. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland (RPS) says input from pharmacy teams can bring a raft of benefits, including read more…
Monday 13/5/2019
Edinburgh looks to lower emissions
Lung disease charity backs ‘ambitious’ Low Emission Zone plans to tackle air pollution
The City of Edinburgh Council has published ‘ambitious’ proposals for the introduction of low emission zones (LEZs) as part of efforts to improve air quality in the city. The introduction of LEZs in Edinburgh would see the city become the second in Scotland to implement such read more…
Monday 13/5/2019
Healthy body image expert group established
New expert group to consider how support for young people can be improved
A newly formed government advisory group will examine the impact of body image on young people’s mental wellbeing. The announcement of the advisory group on health body image comes at the beginning of mental health awareness week, a campaign organised by the Mental Health Foundation which read more…
Monday 13/5/2019
Borderers urged to take control of own health
Health chiefs say locals need to ‘play their part’ as report sets out public health challenges
Health bosses in the Scottish Borders are encouraging residents to play their part and take responsibility over their own health as a new report outlines the public health challenges the region faces. This includes healthy eating with a balanced diet, keep active and exercising, stopping smoking read more…
Friday 10/5/2019
‘Worry & confusion’ about new HPV tests
Research reveals large scale lack of awareness about HPV and cervical cancer ahead of new tests
Many women in Scotland are unaware of Human papillomavirus (HPV) and its potential to cause cervical cancer, according to research by Scotland’s public health agency into public attitudes to new tests being brought in next year. The Scottish Government plans to introduce a new form of HPV read more…
Friday 10/5/2019
Doctors call for diet advice for parents
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh says universal nutritional education for parents across UK would help bring down child obesity
A leading medical college is calling on the UK Government and its devolved counterparts to work together to provide ‘universal nutritional education’ for parents, to help tackle childhood obesity. Statistics show just in one in 20 children who are obese when they are five will return read more…
Friday 10/5/2019
‘Hundreds’ of NHS Highland staff affected by bullying
Health secretary announces new whistleblower programme amid claims managers and government could have acted sooner
An independent report into claims there is a culture of bullying at one of Scotland’s health boards has found widespread evidence staff were treated inappropriately, senior management often failed to respond and that leaders in government and the NHS could have acted sooner. Two-thirds of read more…
Thursday 9/5/2019
Temporary increase in midwife numbers needed
Government five-year plan for maternity and neonatal needs sufficient funding and staffing, according to the Royal College of Midwives
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says staff need to be provided with sufficient training and resources to deliver on the objectives of the Scottish Government’s five year maternity services plan. The RCM’s comments follow a debate held in parliament yesterday on support for read more…
Thursday 9/5/2019
Possibility of bespoke rural GP solution
Remote and rural GPs could be removed from controversial new GP contract if solution cannot be found, Health Secretary says
General practitioners working in Scotland’s remote and rural areas could be excluded from the new GP contract, which critics say skews funding away from countryside practices to urban areas, if the new agreement cannot be made to work, the Health Secretary has said. Jeane Freeman said the read more…
Thursday 9/5/2019
Campaigners seek infected blood support clarity
Government asked to improve support payment scheme by Haemophilia Scotland and Scottish Infected Blood Forum
Campaigners are asking the Scottish Government for clarity about the future shape of a compensation scheme that makes payments to people who contracted HIV or Hepatitis C from infected blood products used historically in the NHS. The Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme was set up in 2017 to read more…
Thursday 9/5/2019
UK-wide Allied Health Professional plan launches
Public health strategy for AHPs has been developed by four governments and 15 professional bodies
NHS bodies and allied health professional (AHP) representatives have today launched the first-ever UK-wide strategy for the professions, with the aim of providing “a united approach to public health for the AHPs across all four nations.” The third largest sector of the NHS workforce read more…
Wednesday 8/5/2019
NHS whistleblowing plans to be examined
Holyrood’s health committee looks at Scottish Government plans to introduce NHS whistleblowing officer
A committee of MSPs is to investigate Scottish Government plans to introduce a national whistleblowing officer for the Scottish NHS that would have the power to investigate how the health service handles complaints and treats employees who have spoken out. Lewis Macdonald, who chairs read more…
Wednesday 8/5/2019
‘Lifetime of prejudice’ harming LGBT people
Report reveals stark health inequalities continue to affect older LGBT people
A thinktank has found a ‘lifetime of prejudice and stigma is leading to worse physical and mental health’ among LGBT people over the age of 50. Researchers at the International Longevity Centre also warn the group suffers from greater levels of social isolation and loneliness in old read more…
Wednesday 8/5/2019
‘Urgent support’ needed for Scotland’s midwives
Scottish Labour calls for additional £10m to support midwives amid reports they lack the resources needed to work safely
Today in Parliament Scottish Labour is calling for an investigation into reports that midwives ‘do not have enough resources to do their jobs safely’. An open letter from midwives in NHS Lothian claims a lack of computers, equipment and pool cars is threatening safe working. Labour read more…
Wednesday 8/5/2019
Shetland IJB chief officer appointed
Soon-to-be chief officer, Josephine Robertson, also becomes interim joint director of community health & social care
Josephine Robertson, a former occupational therapist, has been appointed Shetland Islands Council and NHS Shetland’s interim joint director of community health and social care. Ms Robertson has also been announced as the new chief officer for the Shetland Integration Joint Board – the read more…
Tuesday 7/5/2019
Caithness health & social care changes move ahead
Care hub model plans approved by Cabinet Secretary
Changes to health and social care services across Caithness have moved a step closer as Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman approved NHS Highland’s plans. In a letter to the interim chair of NHS Highland, Boyd Robertson, Ms Freeman says there is ‘positive read more…
Tuesday 7/5/2019
Macular degeneration services expand to Shetland
Pilot of new injection services for patients with deteriorating vision will save them travelling to Aberdeen for treatment
Shetlanders suffering from age-related macular degeneration will now be able to access the treatment they need without travelling to the mainland. A new pilot of services has been successfully carried out which enables patients to access a local injection therapy service rather than travelling to read more…
Tuesday 7/5/2019
Success for Argyll pulmonary rehabilitation classes
Workouts run by health & care partnership “customised” to help people with lung disease
People in Helensburgh and the Lomond area with respiratory problems are being offered breathing and exercise classes to help build up their strength and fitness. A specialist respiratory nurse and a physiotherapist from Argyll and Bute health & social care partnership run the classes, which read more…
Tuesday 7/5/2019
Poverty & deprivation driving drug misuse in Scotland
Experts claim public health approach needed to tackle ‘deaths of despair’ as Westminster inquiry into problematic drug use begins
Health Protection Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have called for a ‘whole-system response’ to reduce the number of people living with, or dying early from, ill health caused by drug use, in a joint submission to a Westminster committee inquiry into drug use. The public health read more…
Tuesday 7/5/2019
Capital consults on ‘home first’ approach
Residents’ views sought on a ‘bold new vision’ for the way the city delivers services health & social care services
Consultation on the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board’s (IJB) new strategic plan has begun, with residents being asked to comment on a ‘bold new vision for the way the city delivers health and social care services’. The capital’s IJB, which oversees the delivery of much of read more…
Tuesday 7/5/2019
MSP says informed choices key to new prenatal test
Jeremy Balfour says education is key as three-year project to monitor congenital anomalies and rare diseases in babies begins
A Conservative MSP says expectant mothers need to be given “as much information as possible” so they can make informed decisions as a new type of screening for disabilities in unborn children is introduced. In an interview with healthandcare.scot, Jeremy Balfour, who himself was born read more…
Saturday 4/5/2019
Parliament agrees safe staffing law
MSPs work together to pass Health & Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Parliament has passed a new law designed “to create a system-wide approach to supporting and empowering staff across the health and care system to assess and respond to the workload associated with the delivery of high-quality patient care.” The Scottish Government says read more…
Friday 3/5/2019
MSPs voice hospital infection concerns
Holyrood health committee says infection monitoring and surveillance “not adequate”
A cross-party committee of MSPs is calling for “swift action” on hospital infection control after an investigation found “several areas of concern” in the way infections in Scotland’s health service are monitored and combatted. In a letter to the Health Secretary, read more…
Friday 3/5/2019
Alcohol minimum unit price not “overnight” fix
Time will tell whether year-old pioneering policy has had effect proponents promised
The British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland has said minimum unit pricing for alcohol – introduced a year ago by the Scottish Government to target the most harmful drinkers – will “not change Scotland’s problem with alcohol overnight”. Dr Lewis Morrison said: read more…
Thursday 2/5/2019
Glasgow HIV outbreak “coming under control”
“No room for complacency” and safe injection room would “save lives”, MSPs told
Scotland’s Public Health Minister, Joe FitzPatrick, today said a HIV outbreak among people injecting drugs is “coming under control” as he claimed a safe injection room for drug users in Glasgow would “save lives”. It comes after a Glasgow Caledonian University study read more…
Wednesday 1/5/2019
Hopes to eradicate Hep C in Glasgow set out
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde sets itself target as it treats record numbers
Scotland’s largest health board has set itself the target of eradicating hepatitis C in a decade. Last year, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde treated more than 1,200 people for the condition, a virus spread by contact with infected blood that can cause life-threatening liver damage. Medical read more…
Wednesday 1/5/2019
Fix social care funding says Age Scotland
Older people’s charity says collapse of care home chain shows urgent need for sustainable approach
The leading charity for older people in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to reassure anxious residents after a major care home chain that operates more than 30 care homes in Scotland announced it was going into administration. Brian Sloan of Age Scotland warned the collapse of Four read more…
Wednesday 1/5/2019
NHS Tayside on ‘road to recovery’
Officials optimistic about board’s future amid waiting times and financial performance improvements
Bosses at NHS Tayside have declared it is ‘on the road to recovery’ as the latest figures show the health board is ahead of schedule on its plan to bring down the organisation’s deficit over the next three years. Chair, John Brown, said: “I am pleased to report that NHS read more…
Wednesday 1/5/2019
Calls for universal provision of cancer care plans
Patients need more help dealing with the emotional, financial & practical impacts of cancer, survey suggests
A leading cancer charity has called for every individual diagnosed with cancer in Scotland to be given a care plan, following on from the findings of the second cancer patient experience survey, reported on earlier today. Head of Macmillan in Scotland, Janice Preston, said: “It’s read more…
Tuesday 30/4/2019
Scots cancer patients have their say on care
Majority of Scots rate their care highly, although just under half found emotional support lacking
While 95% of Scots rated their experience of cancer care highly, 45% did not feel they had enough emotional and psychological support during their treatment, a survey jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Macmillan Cancer Support has found.  Part of a national programme, the Scottish read more…
Tuesday 30/4/2019
First-ever paramedic prescriber qualifies
Highlands’ first advanced paramedic practitioner ‘changes whole dynamic’
Patients in one of the most remote parts of the Highlands are to benefit from a new initiative that will see some prescriptions being written by a specially trained paramedic. James Macgregor, who became the region’s first advanced paramedic practitioner four years ago, recently became one read more…
Tuesday 30/4/2019
NHS waiting times funding boost announced
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman pledges to bring treatment waits down by 2021
Scotland’s Health Secretary has said she has ‘no intention’ of watering down health service targets as she committed an extra £70m to bring down treatment waits by 2021. The funding boost – announced by Jeane Freeman at the SNP’s party conference this weekend read more…
Monday 29/4/2019
New project gives people place to turn to
Distress Brief Intervention model aims to plug gap in mental health services and stop crises developing
How do you help people experiencing a crisis and in urgent need of mental health support – who don’t belong in a hospital? That’s a question being answered by a new project that matches people in emotional distress with support workers that help them find ways to help read more…
Monday 29/4/2019
New stroke and dementia treatments move closer
Edinburgh University researchers ‘delighted’ as tests show drugs safe to use
A small-scale Edinburgh University study could pave the way for new treatments to prevent certain types of stroke and dementia. Researchers found two drugs – commonly used to treat other conditions such as heart disease and angina – can be used safely in stroke patients, opening the read more…
Friday 26/4/2019
Aberdeen study looks for answers to loneliness
Researchers hope different ways older and young people interact could help tackle isolation
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen hope to find answers to loneliness by looking at how friends of different generations interact with each other.   It’s hoped a better understanding of how younger and older friends communicate could help tackle loneliness among both read more…
Friday 26/4/2019
Angus approves health & care plans
‘Ambitious’ strategic commissioning plan approved by IJB
The body that brings together social care and some health services in Angus has set out its priorities for how it will continue to integrate services over the next three years. Key areas of focus in the Strategic Commissioning Plan approved by Angus health and care partnership’s governing read more…
Friday 26/4/2019
Call for better NHS outcomes measurements
Realistic medicine welcome but clarity on outcomes also important, says RCPE
A leading doctors’ group has welcomed the publication of a new report by Scotland’s most senior doctor on realistic medicine but says doctors would benefit from ‘more clarity’ around outcomes at a time when resources are stretched. Published yesterday, the report by read more…
Friday 26/4/2019
Death rate improvements stall, report finds
Data published by Scotland’s most senior doctor underscores deprivation’s effect on Scots’ health
In a situation ‘almost unprecedented since the Second World War’, mortality in Scotland has ‘hardly improved’ in the last five years, statistics published today show. Dr Catherine Calderwood – Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) – has published a read more…
Thursday 25/4/2019
CMO places personalised care at centre of medicine
Latest report emphasises necessity of collaboration between the public and practitioners to deliver realistic medicine
The most senior doctor in Scotland is encouraging healthcare professionals to build a more personalised approach to patient care as part of the realistic medicine agenda – a new way of thinking about healthcare that firmly rejects the tradition of ‘the doctor knows best’. In her read more…
Thursday 25/4/2019
NHS Fife out-of-hours GP plans criticised
Lack of recruitment at health board needs to be addressed ‘right now’, Green MSP says
An MSP has described NHS Fife’s plans to provide out-of-hours GP coverage as “worrying” and suggested the NHS board should learn from neighbouring NHS Forth Valley, which is moving to support its out-of-hours GPs with teams of allied health professionals. Speaking yesterday in a read more…
Thursday 25/4/2019
‘A postcode lottery with devastating consequences’
New children’s food watchdog needed to tackle ‘grave’ food insecurity in the UK, according to the Children’s Future Food Inquiry
‘Systematic action, led by Government’ is required to tackle the ‘magnitude…of childhood food insecurity’, according to one of the UK’s leading think tanks. For the 4.1 million children living in poverty, the ‘restrictive effects of the rising costs of read more…
Thursday 25/4/2019
Holyrood votes for GP recruitment & funding review
‘Urgent review’ to focus on rural GPs and out-of-hours provision
Holyrood opposition parties last night united to defeat the Scottish Government and call for more investment in general practice. MSPs backed calls for an ‘urgent review’ of GP recruitment, retention and funding after a debate that saw opposition parties claim the government had badly read more…
Thursday 25/4/2019
Specialist medical transport service extends north
Team led by 12 consultants to provide 24/7 emergency medical retrieval services for adults across the north of Scotland
The services of the Scottish specialist transport and retrieval service (ScotSTAR) are being extended to cover adults across the north of Scotland. While neonatal and paediatric services have been in place for some time, this is the first time the service is being extended to adults throughout read more…
Thursday 25/4/2019
‘Safe threshold’ for antibiotics identified
NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen identify amount of antibiotics that can safely be prescribed without contributing to the growing threat of resistance
New research has, for the first time, provided guidance on the amount of antibiotics that can safely be prescribed without generating resistant superbugs. The study, led by NHS Grampian in collaboration with Professor Ian Gould, Honorary Professor at the University of Aberdeen, uses data read more…
Wednesday 24/4/2019
Redistribute wealth to boost health, researchers say
‘More action’ needed to fix the root causes of health inequalities, according to NHS Health Scotland
Transferring income from the wealthiest to the poorest is key to reducing ill-health and health inequalities across society, Scotland’s public health agency has claimed. In a report out today, NHS Health Scotland says fixing the root causes of health inequalities – disparities in read more…
Wednesday 24/4/2019
Locals asked how to get it right for Fife
Fifers are being asked to share their views on the future of health and social care services across the Kingdom
Fife residents are being asked by the local health and social care partnership (HSCP) to give their views on how services should be delivered in future. Fife HSCP – which is in charge of delivering some health and social care services on behalf of NHS Fife and Fife Council – wants read more…
Wednesday 24/4/2019
Scotland’s natural health service
Myriad efforts are underway to mark this year’s green health week – healthandcare.scot takes a look at what’s happening across the country
Green health partnership launches in the Highlands Highlanders are being encouraged to get outdoors to mark green health week and improve their wellbeing by the Highland green health partnership that launched this week. Cathy Steer, chair of the Highland green partnership, explained that a read more…
Wednesday 24/4/2019
Post-surgery patients to benefit from bladder scanner
Donation to the Highland trauma unit to make patient care more efficient
The latest donation from the Friends of Raigmore to the Inverness hospital’s trauma unit will allow staff to ‘care for their patients in a more efficient manner’. Previously patients undergoing joint surgery would be monitored using a bladder scanner borrowed from another read more…
Wednesday 24/4/2019
Greens push for extra GP cash
‘Lack of resources’ holding back patient care, party claims
The Scottish Greens are to bring a vote to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday this week calling for extra funding to tackle what the party calls a ‘retention and recruitment crisis’ among GPs. Alison Johnstone MSP, the party’s co-leader at Holyrood, claims “resources are read more…
Tuesday 23/4/2019
Doctors’ wellbeing at ‘enormous risk’
BMA calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in workplace mental health attitudes
Pressure on doctors and medical students is leading to a mental health crisis in the profession, a survey by the British Medical Association (BMA) has found. The doctors' trade union says a ‘fundamental shift’ is needed so medics feel they can access mental health help without shame read more…
Tuesday 23/4/2019
Investment in adolescent mental health
Social media’s contribution to poorer mental wellbeing among adolescent girls recognised in new research as Government announces measures to improve teenage mental health
Steps to improve the mental health of young people and directly target the impact of social media are to be supported through a new package of measures announced today by the Scottish Government. Funding of £90,000 has also been made available for the creation of advice on the healthy use read more…
Friday 19/4/2019
Drive to catch sepsis quickly begins
Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer launches the latest awareness-raising campaign while meeting scientists at the forefront of sepsis treatment research
The Scottish Government has launched a new campaign looking to raise awareness of the five early signs of sepsis – a potentially fatal condition that is a serious complication of an infection. Symptoms include very high or low temperature, uncontrolled shivering, passing less urine that read more…
Thursday 18/4/2019
Long-term condition support fund opens
£1m to help people with long-term conditions take more control over their care and lives
People in Scotland living with long-term health conditions such as arthritis or hypertension are to benefit from a £1m pot of cash for projects that help them take more control over their lives. Charites and third sector organisations are being encouraged to apply for up to £30,000 in read more…
Wednesday 17/4/2019
Aberdeen health improvement fund achieves
A new report charts success that has stemmed from bringing the local community into funding decisions
A report has been published by the Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) on an initiative that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across the city through community grants and city-wide programmes of work. 211 projects have been funded since 2016, with 41 read more…
Wednesday 17/4/2019
Fife mental health project success
Bespoke Glenrothes-based project encourages citizens to make use of community support
In collaboration with NHS Fife, the Positive Me Positive You project developed by Fife Council has helped ‘take the pressure off struggling GPs’ by helping those experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues find help within their community. Fife Council's community development read more…
Wednesday 17/4/2019
Deaths after surgery fall across Scotland
36% decrease in deaths since 2008 following World Health Organization checklist
Deaths following surgery in Scotland have decreased by 36% since 2008 and the introduction of a patient-focused checklist, according to a study published in the British Journal of Surgery. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) surgical safety checklist, introduced to hospitals in Scotland read more…
Wednesday 17/4/2019
‘Significant financial challenge’ for Glasgow NHS
Greater Glasgow & Clyde health board says it cannot balance budget over next three years
Scotland’s largest health board will be unable to balance its budget over the next three years, health chiefs are predicting. Although NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde saved £19.5m last year, it still faces ‘another year of significant financial challenge’ as it read more…
Wednesday 17/4/2019
Call for NHS Tayside medicines oversight review
Decisions to deliver reduced dose regimes to some cancer patients in Tayside ‘close to being unacceptable’, government review group says
The group investigating variations in clinical practice for breast cancer treatment in NHS Tayside has published its report, which ‘strongly’ recommends ‘a review of the medicines governance, decision making and sign-off processes in NHS Tayside.’ While the decision to read more…
Wednesday 17/4/2019
Community pharmacists oppose apprentice proposals
Plan for pharmacist apprenticeships in England rushed and unclear, claims Community Pharmacy Scotland
The representative body for Scotland’s 1200 community pharmacies has voiced its opposition to new plans to introduce a new five-year year apprenticeship as an alternative to the existing degree-only route to qualifying. Consultation on the proposal, which has been put forward by a group of read more…
Tuesday 16/4/2019
Success for Forth Valley diabetes trial
Results that see type 2 diabetes go into remission hailed as “amazing”
People at NHS Forth Valley have taken part in a successful study that found weight loss can put type 2 diabetes into remission. The nationwide research, funded by Diabetes UK and headed by the universities of Glasgow and Newcastle, saw dieticians in GP practices help people with the condition to read more…
Tuesday 16/4/2019
‘Good conversations’ central to social care success
Meaningful dialogue between local councils and people supported by care vital to give people more choice and control over their support, study finds
‘Good conversations’ between social workers and people who rely on care are key to realising the aims of self-direct supported and giving people more choice over how their care is organised, a study has found. Under the new approach introduced in 2014, people supported by carers read more…
Monday 15/4/2019
New health & social care governance initiative
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is to host the inaugural Quality Governance Collaborative conference in May
The governance, management and leadership of Scotland’s health and social care services will be scrutinised at a major new conference in May. The Quality Governance Collaborative’s inaugural one-day conference - Quality Governance in Health & Social Care: The New Agenda - will read more…
Monday 15/4/2019
Ten years for Tayside’s pioneering custody services
The 24-hour custody healthcare and forensic medical service, piloted in Dundee and Perth in 2009, became standard practice across Scotland in 2014
Crisis intervention, addiction management and support, and chronic disease management are among the duties of the nursing staff delivering Tayside’s custody healthcare and forensic medical service today. First piloted in 2009 in two police custody suites in Perth and Dundee, the service read more…
Monday 15/4/2019
Amanda Croft confirmed as CEO of NHS Grampian
Former nursing director has been acting chief executive since last summer
Professor Amanda Croft has been appointed Chief Executive of NHS Grampian, following the departure of Malcolm Wright to NHS Tayside a year ago. He has since moved to St Andrew’s House to take over the role of Chief Executive of NHSScotland. Professor Croft, who was interim chief executive read more…
Friday 12/4/2019
Big improvements for Falkirk home care services
Staff described as ‘top class’ as Care Inspectorate report finds improvements across the board
Falkirk council’s home care services have made significant improvements, according to a report by the government care watchdog. Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate were told communication between staff and people using the services had “greatly improved” since May 2018, the read more…
Friday 12/4/2019
ALLIANCE warns austerity will drive IJB decisions
Local authorities’ organisation COSLA says investment and reform needed
The body representing many of Scotland’s health and care organisations says it fears tight budgets will knock Scotland’s health and social care partnerships off course. The Health & Social Care Alliance Scotland’s chief executive, Professor Ian Welsh, says “The read more…
Friday 12/4/2019
Backing for Scots NHS inventors
Expert advice and support will “help bring ideas to life”
A new guide to help NHS inventors get their product on to the frontline helping patients has been published today. Doctors, nurses and other health service staff who come up with inventions and innovations that improve patient care can get tailored support to make their ideas a reality. Experts read more…
Thursday 11/4/2019
New standards for ambulatory care
Same-day diagnostic tests for patients will “speed-up and improve patient care”, medical experts say
The UK Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) have produced new suggested standards to improve outpatient care in the NHS. Ambulatory emergency care (AEC) is a service that provides same day (outpatient) emergency care to hospital patients where read more…
Thursday 11/4/2019
New nursing model targets emergency admissions
Moray Health & Social Care Partnership brings together housing and healthcare to meet the demands of older people in Forres
Inspectors say the Forres Neighbourhood Care Team (FNCT), a new service model embedding a ‘collaborative way of working between housing and healthcare’ has started showing ‘signs of positive impact on emergency hospital admission rates’. Evaluation of the pilot project was read more…
Wednesday 10/4/2019
GP access hampering vaccination rate
A lack of information on the importance of vaccinations & difficulty accessing GP services are among the barriers to uptake identified in a new report
Three main obstacles to vaccination uptake have been identified in a new report from NHS Health Scotland, including a lack of knowledge about why a vaccination was needed – something several respondents said was never properly addressed – and a fear about possible side effects. The read more…
Wednesday 10/4/2019
EU staff qualifications & registrations confirmed
Health Secretary & COSLA confirm qualifications of EU health & social care staff will still be recognised after Brexit
European citizens working in health and social care in Scotland have received letters assuring them that, regardless of the outcome of EU exit negotiations, any professional qualifications and registrations they hold will continue to be valid. Within the letters, the Scottish Government read more…
Wednesday 10/4/2019
Borders financial plan approved leaving £9.3m gap
£12.4m worth of savings included in a plan integral to NHS Borders’ financial turnaround programme
The board of NHS Borders has formally approved a financial plan for the coming year that will seek to make ‘significant savings’ of £12.4m, but still contains a gap of £9.3m. The financial plan for 2019-20 has been developed with input from the NHS Scotland Board Recovery read more…
Tuesday 9/4/2019
Dundee green health partnership launches
Green health prescriptions pilot to boost Dundonians’ health & happiness
Dundee residents are set to benefit from a new green health partnership which signposts individuals to green initiatives in and around the city and raises awareness about the positive impact that nature can have on health. Launching the initiative at the University of Dundee Botanic Gardens, NHS read more…
Tuesday 9/4/2019
Call to improve NHS wheelchair availability
Making NHS wheelchairs available on a temporary basis would make “significant difference to people’s lives”, says Labour MSP
A Labour MSP has launched a bid to change the law to make the NHS provide wheelchairs for people who are experiencing temporary mobility loss for six months or less. Currently the health service only has to provide wheelchairs for people whose mobility problem is classified as permanent, while read more…
Monday 8/4/2019
NHS charity governance to be reviewed
Review to examine how safeguards against conflicts of interest can be strengthened
The Scottish Government is to begin an independent review into how NHS charity funds are run, after the Scottish charity regulator’s investigation into financial irregularities relating to NHS Tayside’s Endowment Fund led to a call for safeguards against financial mismanagement to be read more…
Friday 5/4/2019
Mesh treatment proposals due ‘in early Autumn’
Prospect of NHS mesh removal surgery programme moves closer
An expert Scottish Government group set up to consider the best treatment for women suffering from complications from transvaginal mesh implants will report ‘in early Autumn’. Work will advance ‘as quickly as possible’ with the first meeting taking place today. The read more…
Friday 5/4/2019
Health Secretary challenged over Fife IJB deficit
Labour MSP claims health & social care partnership “struggling to deliver services” as it faces £15m funding shortfall
Jean Freeman has said it is the responsibility of Fife Council and NHS Fife, not the Scottish Government, to address the longstanding funding gap faced by Fife Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP). The Health Secretary was urged to take action in Parliament today by Labour MSP Alex Rowley, read more…
Thursday 4/4/2019
Health Secretary to give evidence on rural GPs
“Very significant questions have simply not been answered” on impact of new GP contract on rural medical care, Holyrood committee concludes
The convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee, Johann Lamont, has said “very significant questions” about rural general practice have not been answered by the Scottish Government. As a result, the Health Secretary will be asked to give evidence to MSPs on read more…
Thursday 4/4/2019
Dundee health & care budget “challenging”
Health & social care partnership still confident it can “improve the health and wellbeing of citizens of Dundee”
Dundee’s health & social care partnership says it will continue to focus on health inequalities, early intervention and moving to community care despite a ‘challenging’ financial outlook. The chair of the partnership’s board, Trudy McLean said: “We are confident read more…
Thursday 4/4/2019
Call for IJBs to be more “community friendly”
Scottish Government proposals “good start” but more should be done to engage carers, according to GCVS
The leading membership council representing more than 600 voluntary and third sector organisations in Scotland’s largest city has said the bodies responsible for integrated health and social care need to be more “community friendly”. Speaking to healthandcare.scot about Scottish read more…
Thursday 4/4/2019
Health & care engagement proposals unveiled
Representatives of carers and older people could be paid expenses for attending IJB meetings under new Scottish Government guidance
Health and social care bodies across Scotland will be required to engage more with the communities they serve under new Scottish Government plans. New guidance will be drawn up to ensure local people are consulted at all stages and health & social care partnerships (HSCPs) could be asked to read more…
Wednesday 3/4/2019
East Lothian partnership chief appointed
Alison Macdonald to head up East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership
The interim director of the East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is to take on the role permanently. NHS Lothian’s chief executive, Tim Davison, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alison on board and we are confident she will continue to be an integral part of our read more…
Tuesday 2/4/2019
New Glasgow alcohol & drugs advocacy service
Service comes amid calls for safe consumption rooms & claims of a “public health crisis”
Glaswegians with drug and alcohol problems are to benefit from a new advocacy project to help them navigate support services. Delivered by the city’s alcohol & drug partnership, staff from the Advocacy Project charity will be on hand to help those with drug and alcohol problems by read more…
Tuesday 2/4/2019
NHS Borders chair steps down
After eight years in the role, John Raine, departs from his post as chair of NHS Borders
Having completed a maximum eight-year term of appointment, John Raine has stepped down as chair of NHS Borders. “Contrasting my time here with time as the chair of health trusts in England I am well able to say: ‘Borders is Best’”, Mr Raine said in a farewell statement to read more…
Monday 1/4/2019
Neonatal fund interim evaluation published
Although spending has been ‘lower than expected’, 435 families helped by the fund in first four months
A fund set up to provide financial support to parents of premature and sick newborns has helped 435 families within four months of being established. Launched on the 1st April 2018, the neonatal expenses fund is designed to help parents of premature and sick newborn babies offset travel and read more…
Monday 1/4/2019
Concerns over Tayside cancer treatment variations
Health bosses say risk was “very small” after it emerges patients not informed about breast cancer chemotherapy treatment procedures being different to rest of Scotland
Health chiefs have moved to reassure patients after a report found some breast cancer patients in NHS Tayside were treated with a lower chemotherapy drug dosage than those across the rest of Scotland. The Scottish Government, NHS Tayside and Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), the NHS read more…
Monday 1/4/2019
Aberdeen reduces unnecessary admissions
Physio & occupational therapist in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary emergency department saves an estimated £3m
Hundreds of unnecessary hospital admissions have been prevented by a project being piloted in NHS Grampian, where an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist are located in the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary emergency department. The home and mobility evaluation (HAME) project, previously known as read more…
Monday 1/4/2019
Argyll & Bute faces £7m healthcare shortfall
Health & care partnership warns cuts loom as it approves budget for coming financial year
The public sector body responsible for delivering social care and some health services across Argyll & Bute has warned it will still face a “significant” funding shortfall in future, even after it approves a budget for the coming financial year that includes almost £7m of read more…
Friday 29/3/2019
Care workers not getting promised pay rise
More than half social care staff yet to receive promised overnight shift pay
A leading organisation representing more than 80 charitable and not-for-profit social care providers across Scotland says less than half of social care staff are receiving the overnight shift pay rise the Scottish Government promised them by April 2019. Coalition of Care & Support Providers read more…
Friday 29/3/2019
Fifers asked for feedback on mental health strategy
“Your views are important to us and will help shape the future mental health services” health & care partnership says
Fife Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is reviewing how it provides mental health services to nearly 400,000 people living in the region, with the ultimate aim of ensuring support is accessible and ‘responsive to the changing needs of individuals, designed with and for the people read more…
Friday 29/3/2019
Adherence to new guidance key in neurological care
Leading charity says implementation vital to ensure ambition behind new neurological conditions care guidelines becomes reality
As the Scottish Government praises new neurological conditions care guidance released today, Sue Ryder - a charity providing palliative, neurological and bereavement support in Scotland - has stressed the importance of implementation to ensure ambitions become reality. The organisation says: "It read more…
Thursday 28/3/2019
Chief officers update Brexit medicine supply guidance
Scotland’s chief pharmaceutical & chief medical officers publish updated advice for health professionals on preparations for a no-deal Brexit
Dr Catherine Calderwood and Professor Rose Marie Parr, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPO), have written to health professionals on preparations to ‘enable the NHS to respond to and manage medicine shortages if the UK leaves the EU without a read more…
Thursday 28/3/2019
Revised neurological care standards published
New guidance provides “opportunity to reduce variation and inequality of health and social care services”, according to the Neurological Alliance of Scotland
Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) – the national improvement organisation that works with local communities and individuals receiving or providing care to improve health and social care across Scotland – has published revised general standards for neurological care, which have been read more…
Thursday 28/3/2019
Pay rise for overnight care workers delayed
The Scottish Government will not meet a commitment to extend the living wage to all third sector social care workers for overnight hours by the end of March 2019, it has emerged
The Scottish Government is unlikely to meet a key commitment for improving the pay of social care staff working ‘sleepover’ hours by the end of March 2019, the health secretary has revealed. Although the Scottish Government has allocated £10m, to be distributed by local read more…
Wednesday 27/3/2019
GP practices and hospices to be hit by pension changes
Scottish Government dispute with UK Government looms as MSPs say GP practices and charities will struggle to fund higher employer contribution hike
There could be “dire consequences” for GP practices and charities such as hospices if they do not receive additional funding to compensate for a 40% hike in the pension contributions they have to make, MSPs said today. They also criticised the UK Government for only committing to read more…
Wednesday 27/3/2019
Childhood vaccinations fall
Uptake rates for most childhood vaccinations have continued to fall, latest figures show
There was a small decrease in uptake rates for 14 of the 17 childhood vaccinations in 2018, continuing a trend that has seen the percentage of children receiving vaccinations such as tetanus, polio and MMR decline slowly but steadily over the last few years. The Scottish Government says rates read more…
Wednesday 27/3/2019
NHS Lanarkshire latest to warn of medicines costs
“Massive pressure” at one of Scotland’s largest health boards as cost of acute drug prescribing outstrips funding
NHS Lanarkshire has become the latest health board to warn rising drugs costs – driven by national policy that has seen more drugs be approved for use on the NHS – are becoming increasingly difficult to handle. Chief executive of NHS Lanarkshire, Callum Campbell today stated the read more…
Tuesday 26/3/2019
Healthier Lives Data Fund grants awarded
Dementia patients & individuals with autism among those set to benefit from innovative digital health technologies as grantees are announced
Six digital innovative technologies have been awarded £30,000 each as part of a fund to help people in Scotland lead healthier lives and have more control over their health and care. A partnership between Nesta and the Scottish Government, the healthier lives data fund aims to support read more…
Monday 25/3/2019
Endoscopy plan published to tackle "growing crisis"
A new Government plan will look to ensure suspected cancer patients are seen more quickly within a ‘sustainable service’
The most urgent patients, including those with suspected cancer, are to be receive key endoscopic tests within two to three weeks under a revised endoscopy action plan published by the Scottish Government. The plan is supported by £6m of investment and sets out steps to ensure all new read more…
Monday 25/3/2019
UK’s first outpatient faecal-incontinence service
Glasgow Royal Infirmary leads the way in offering tests and treatment on a fully outpatient basis
Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) has become the UK’s first hospital to offer an outpatient, nurse-led service for faecal incontinence. Up to 10% of adults in the UK are affected by bowel incontinence, and around 1-2% of sufferers report severe symptoms. Patients from across the west of read more…
Friday 22/3/2019
Scottish Care calls for ‘brave’ reform of services
Radical solutions rather than more ‘stop-gap measures’ are needed, according to the largest group of independent health and social care providers in Scotland
Scottish Care is calling for “radical, cross-party exploration and debate” of how social care is funded in the future in response to a report from the Accounts Commission published yesterday. As more people are living longer and with more complex care needs, the report found read more…
Friday 22/3/2019
RCP UK changes stance on assisted dying
Survey of members prompts move away from opposing any change in law
Following a survey of UK fellows and members, the London-based Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has adopted a neutral position on assisted dying. The RCP says the shift from its previous stance of opposing any change in the law on assisted dying has been made to reflect the ‘range of read more…
Friday 22/3/2019
Aberdeen study looks for COPD breakthrough
Trial will test whether heart disease drugs can be used to treat life limiting lung disease
More than 1,500 people across the UK with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are to take heart disease medicines to see whether they can help reduce symptoms of the lung condition as part of a clinical trial co-ordinated by the University of Aberdeen. It is hoped the trial, described by read more…
Thursday 21/3/2019
Possible infection risk for Lothian heart patients
Precautionary measures put in place by NHS Lothian as individuals who underwent an aortic valve replacement operation at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh are contacted about a possible infection risk
NHS Lothian’s incident management team have contacted patients who underwent aortic valve replacement surgery within the past six months to advise them of a possible risk of infection. The health board does not anticipate any further cases will arise and has contacted patients “purely read more…
Thursday 21/3/2019
Party leaders clash over action to address drug deaths
Nicola Sturgeon & Jackson Carlaw, the Conservative interim leader, clashed today at First Minister’s Questions as the Conservatives accused the First Minister of presiding over a decade of failed drugs policies
Ms Sturgeon defended the Scottish Government’s approach and said “it remain[ed] open to fresh thinking and new ideas”. Mr Carlaw called on Ms Sturgeon to concede that the two drug misuse strategies published by her administration in recent years had“failed”. He said read more…
Thursday 21/3/2019
Social care ‘struggling to meet demand’
Scottish Government maintains it is treating councils ‘very fairly’
Social care services are ‘struggling to meet demand’ as councils try to cope with increasing costs, more older people needing care and the prospect of reduced funding from central government.   The warning comes from a report by the local government watchdog, the Accounts read more…
Thursday 21/3/2019
Mental Welfare Commission reports on Carseview
‘Strong focus on recovery’ within patient care plans praised but difficulties in recruiting psychiatrists have hampered progress, report on general adult psychiatric acute admissions wards finds
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has published a visit report related to general adult psychiatric acute admission wards in the Carseview Centre, Dundee.   During the announced visit, Commission staff spoke to patients, visitors and staff members about the care and treatment of read more…
Thursday 21/3/2019
NHS Lothian board members to stay on
Carolyn Hirst and Martin Hill have been reappointed to the board of NHS Lothian
The Health Secretary has today announced the reappointment of Carolyn Hirst and Martin to the board of NHS Lothian. The pair will continue to sit on the panel that decides on the long-term strategy for the health board, which serves 850,000 people across Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, until read more…
Wednesday 20/3/2019
Hopes fade for Brexit impact review
No time left for independent evaluation of the effect of Brexit on health and social care sector
A Westminster private members’ bill that calls on the UK Government to initiate an independent evaluation of the effect of Brexit on the health and social care sector in Scotland “will most certainly fall without ever having seen the light of day or been debated”. SNP MP Brendan read more…
Wednesday 20/3/2019
Green MSP reiterates drug deaths inquiry call
Scotland ‘blighted’ by drugs death rate eight times EU average, Highlands representative John Finnie says
Green MSP John Finnie is again pressing Nicola Sturgeon to set up a statutory inquiry to investigate the ‘public health crisis’ of drug deaths, saying ‘everything suggests the damning trajectory of drugs deaths, doubling in a decade, will continue’. ‘I am persuaded read more…
Wednesday 20/3/2019
Hospital infection risk still low, experts reassure
“No evidence” of increase in infections or that staff shortages are hampering cleaning, experts from regulatory agencies say
Despite recent high-profile infections at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow that contributed to two deaths, there is “no evidence” of a significant increase in the rate of hospital-acquired infections, MSPs have been told. Members of Holyrood’s Health & read more…
Tuesday 19/3/2019
Review of mental health legislation announced
The Mental Welfare Commission welcomes the move which the Scottish Government hopes will strengthen support for people with mental health conditions
An independent review will be undertaken to consider the impact of mental health legislation that was first introduced in 2003. Making the announcement in parliament today, the Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey, said the review should take around 12 months. “The Scottish Government read more…
Tuesday 19/3/2019
£1.2m CT Scanner for Lorn & Islands hospital
Patients in Argyll and Bute to benefit after Scottish Government confirms funding to replace existing scanner
A new state-of-the-art scanner is to be installed in the Lorn and Islands hospital in Oban. Investment from the Scottish Government will enable replacement of the existing scanner and leave enough funding to cover lifetime maintenance costs. Once installed, the Siemens somatom go.Top CT scanner read more…
Tuesday 19/3/2019
Insulin stockpiles increased to 16-week supply
Health Minister confirms diabetes medication suppliers have increased their reserves ahead of Brexit
The Minister of State for Health, Stephen Hammond, has today confirmed insulin suppliers “have increased their buffer stocks to hold 16 weeks of additional buffer stocks over and above their original supply.” The debate, held this morning in Westminster, was focused on a motion raised read more…
Tuesday 19/3/2019
Rural GPs’ group resigns from government body
Rural and remote doctors’ concerns about new GP contract not being addressed, rural GPs claim
The Rural GP Association of Scotland has resigned from a Scottish Government working group set up to address rural doctors’ concerns about the new GP contract, claiming efforts to find solutions ‘have fallen by the wayside’. Vice chair, Dr David Hogg, says none of the read more…
Tuesday 19/3/2019
Retired clinicians “vital” to address staff shortages
Retired clinicians must be encouraged to return amid “poor” recruitment and retention levels, according to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has described a new Scottish Government programme to boost doctor levels as “vital”, saying “recruitment and retention of experienced clinicians in the National Health Service is poor at the moment, particularly in the remote and read more…
Tuesday 19/3/2019
Milestone for new East Lothian community hospital
Full re-development set to be completed by early 2020
Construction at the new East Lothian Community Hospital has reached a “major milestone” following the installation of the roof and windows, meaning the three-storey, 22,000m2 building is now fully weathertight. ‘‘While there are still external works to be undertaken more read more…
Tuesday 19/3/2019
Views sought on transforming healthcare across Glasgow
Five consultation sessions on new ways of working to meet rising demand for services
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde hosts the second of five public consultation meetings today on how health and social care services are changing in response to increasing demand. The ‘moving forward together’ programme, to be delivered by Scotland’s largest health board and the read more…
Tuesday 19/3/2019
Retired doctors to address rural recruitment gaps
Scottish Government initiative will see recently retired clinicians offered short-term work to support rural general hospitals
A new initiative developed by the Scottish Government and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will see recently retired doctors offered short-term work to support health services in remote and rural services. Jeane Freeman, the Health Secretary, said the Scottish Clinicians Collaborative read more…
Monday 18/3/2019
Orkney to host remote & rural medicine conference     
Undergraduate students will be able to see the unique aspects of practising medicine in a remote island setting first-hand
For the first time, NHS Orkney is to host the national undergraduate remote and rural medicine conference later this month. The four-day event, organised by the University of Glasgow remote and rural medicine society (GURRMS), aims to “recognise, celebrate and encourage interest in remote read more…
Monday 18/3/2019
Chief officers change at half of IJBs
Three years on from their creation, more than half of Scotland’s integrated health and care partnerships change their senior leaders
Since April 2016, 17 of the 31 authorities set up to manage the Scottish Government’s key programme to integrate health and social care services have had, or will shortly have, their chief officer depart, the Health Secretary has revealed. One of these, Edinburgh, is on its third chief read more…
Friday 15/3/2019
Aberdeen IJB backs health & care budget
‘Tough choices’ on horizon if government funding falls, financial strategy warns
The body responsible for community health care and social care services in Aberdeen has warned of a difficult financial outlook as it approves next year’s budget. Sarah Duncan, who chairs the board that oversees the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP), said: “I read more…
Friday 15/3/2019
NHS Ayrshire & Arran annual review
Joe FitzPatrick will chair proceedings reflecting on the performance and achievements of the board
NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s annual review will this year be chaired by the Minister for Public Health, Sport & Wellbeing. Taking place on Monday 18th March in the Alexander Fleming education centre at University Hospital Crosshouse, the review provides an opportunity to assess the read more…
Friday 15/3/2019
Warning over toxic weight loss drug
Chief medical & pharmaceutical officers alert doctors to dangers of industrial chemical used for rapid weight loss
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, and the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr, have written to healthcare professionals across Scotland to warn them of rising deaths caused by people taking an industrial chemical in a bid to lose weight rapidly.  The highly read more…
Thursday 14/3/2019
Drug deaths inquiry to be considered
Green MSP calls on First Minister to “end the tragedy” of rising drug deaths in Scotland
In light of the “increasing number of drug deaths” in Scotland, the First Minister today said she was willing to consider holding an inquiry as part of efforts to tackle what some MSPs have called a “public health crisis”. The commitment came in response to questioning read more…
Thursday 14/3/2019
New HIS board members appointed
Jeane Freeman announces the appointment of four new members to the board of Scotland’s health & care improvement body
Christine Lester, Gill Graham, Rhona Hotchkiss and Suzanne Dawson have been appointed to the Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) board. HIS is the national improvement organisation that works with local communities and individuals receiving or providing care to improve health and social care read more…
Thursday 14/3/2019
Shetland predicting £7.5m health and care budget gap
Current approach to health & social care on the isles ‘increasingly difficult to fully fund’
Shetland Islands Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) will face a £7.5m funding shortfall by 2024 if demand for health and care continues to climb and services are not reformed. The stark financial outlook for the HSCP, which brings together services previously provided by the NHS read more…
Thursday 14/3/2019
Rising prescribing costs key challenge for NHS Borders
National medicines policies are pushing up prescribing costs without extra funding, says director of public health
During an evidence session with the Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee, representatives of NHS Borders highlighted how tackling rising prescribing costs in both primary and secondary care is a “key priority”. At present, the board is in special measures because read more…
Wednesday 13/3/2019
‘High risk’ budget gap for South Ayrshire IJB
Papers considered at board meeting warn £5.5m shortfall ‘could have an impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of South Ayrshire residents’
The body responsible for health and care services in South Ayrshire faces a ‘high risk’ funding shortfall that could ‘impact negatively’ on older people and children who rely on care services South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP), which is funded read more…
Wednesday 13/3/2019
New learning disabilities support framework
Keys to Life framework looks to “challenge perceptions and build opportunities”
Launching a new framework designed to support individuals with learning disabilities, Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey, highlighted the importance of supporting “the whole life journey, not just health and social care”. Enabling those with learning disabilities to live more read more…
Wednesday 13/3/2019
Number of Scots dying from major diseases falls
Latest statistics show a reduction in deaths from cancer, coronary heart disease & respiratory diseases, though number of deaths still higher than average
The number of deaths in Scotland attributable to cancer, coronary heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease all fell over the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS). The latest instalment of NRS statistics - Births, deaths and other vital events, read more…
Wednesday 13/3/2019
£8.2m Blackburn partnership centre opens
Health, council & community services will all be accessible in the new facility
A new GP practice and community health centre are some of the facilities now accessible to local residents after the opening of the Blackburn partnership centre. A collaboration between West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian, the centre includes library, employability and council services and there read more…
Wednesday 13/3/2019
Clinical guidelines for delirium published
On world delirium awareness day, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) publishes Scotland’s first clinical guidelines for the “extremely common condition”
The new guidelines are designed to help professionals working across health and social care recognise, treat and provide support for people with delirium. Delirium is a deterioration in mental function and is an “extremely common” condition amongst patients in hospital, affecting read more…
Wednesday 13/3/2019
Progress for young people’s services in Moray
‘Encouraging’ report says officials are committed to improving services for vulnerable children and young people
Moray council and partner agencies are taking the right steps to improve children and young people’s services, according to a progress review by care service regulators. The assessment, which looked at how officials were addressing key areas of improvement identified in a critical 2016 read more…
Tuesday 12/3/2019
Diabetes hospital admissions & deaths rising
Diabetes Scotland welcomes ‘improvements in recording people’s diabetes status’ but cautions more must be done to promote self-management
Figures on diabetes-related hospital admissions and deaths in the latest ScotPHO website quarterly updates show both hospital admissions and deaths where diabetes was a contributory or primary cause have increased over the last 10 years. In 2017-18 hospital admissions associated with diabetes read more…
Tuesday 12/3/2019
NHS Borders long-term financial plan due in August
Health board representatives are “confident” of achieving financial sustainability over the next three to five years despite plethora of challenges
Increasing prescribing costs, staffing pressures and the area’s ageing population were some of the key challenges outlined by representatives of NHS Borders and the local health and social care partnership when giving evidence to Holyrood’s Health & Sport Committee. John Raine, read more…
Tuesday 12/3/2019
English NHS targets rethink a mistake, RCPE head says
Average A&E waiting time measure could give “false impression” but urgent mental healthcare target “more useful”, says Professor Derek Bell
The head of a leading professional body for Scottish doctors has said it would be a mistake to replicate NHS England’s plans to modify A&E waiting time targets north of the border but suggested the Scottish NHS could learn from more ambitious targets for urgent and emergency mental read more…
Tuesday 12/3/2019
Transforming vaccination delivery across Scotland
Report on boosting vaccinations among underserved groups is published, as NHS Health Scotland hosts three regional vaccination transformation programme events
NHS Health Scotland will be hosting three regional events in March on transforming vaccination services. Responsibility for vaccination services in Scotland is transferring from general practice and primary care to the wider NHS workforce as part of the primary care transformation programme. The read more…
Tuesday 12/3/2019
Ayrshire diabetes in pregnancy project recognised
Lead diabetes midwife at NHS Ayrshire & Arran wins award for gestational diabetes service redesign
An Ayrshire midwife has won a national award for her project to improve the care provided for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy.   Noreen Dunnachie, who is lead midwife for diabetes at NHS Ayrshire & Arran, led a redesign of the gestational diabetes mellitus service so read more…
Monday 11/3/2019
Call for autism strategy refresh
The Scottish Conservatives are calling for better data collection and referral to assessment waits to be reduced
The existing strategy for people with autism needs to be updated to include ‘meaningful and measurable outcomes’, a three-month referral to first assessment waiting time target and a national audit of the benefits of faster diagnosis, according to the Scottish Conservatives. The move read more…
Monday 11/3/2019
New clinical simulation suite opens at Monklands
Skill and competency-based clinical training to be provided for all clinical staff in new facility
A new suite at Monklands University Hospital opened on Friday that will enable healthcare teams to safely work on improving their skills in patient management, clinical decision-making and specialist procedures. The clinical simulation area has been designed to provide a controlled training read more…
Monday 11/3/2019
Scottish Government to ‘look again’ at mesh removal
Commitment for clinicians to examine approaches in Europe and the USA comes after MSPs call for action
The Scottish Government is to convene a group of experts and NHS doctors to ‘look again’ at the care of women who are suffering from the ongoing complications of transvaginal mesh implants, the Health Secretary has announced.   And a sub-group of academics and senior medical read more…
Friday 8/3/2019
Queen Elizabeth Hospital infection report published
Health board says infection rate remains low and issues being addressed after inspection finds ’areas of concern’
An inspection of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital ordered by the Health Secretary after high-profile infection cases at the hospital has found “areas of concern” on cleanliness and maintenance.  Alastair Delaney of NHS regulator Healthcare Improvement Scotland said: read more…
Friday 8/3/2019
Neonatal expenses fund supports 400 families
Scottish Government also looking at accommodation for parents with sick or premature babies in neonatal care units, Health Secretary says
A Scottish Government scheme to help parents with premature or sick babies in neonatal care units with food and travel costs has helped more than 400 families since it opened last year. The fund was launched after campaigning by Labour MSP Mark Griffin, whose daughter Rosa was born 12 weeks read more…
Thursday 7/3/2019
Highlands’ NHS improvement expertise
New publication details how health services can be improved when resources are under pressure
Research on improving health and social care services across the Highlands has been published internationally.   The book by Gavin Hookway and Dr Cameron Stark of NHS Highland details how the health board has delivered healthcare more efficiently at a time when funding is increasingly read more…
Thursday 7/3/2019
Lanarkshire’s mental health strategy consultation
Local residents are being asked to offer their views on a new five-year strategy for mental health and wellbeing in the region
NHS Lanarkshire, the South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership and Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire are working together to deliver a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Lanarkshire. Residents are being asked for their thoughts on a strategy that will set out the read more…
Thursday 7/3/2019
Caithness care home praised under new standards system
Unannounced Care Inspectorate visit finds ’excellent results’ at Pulteney House in Caithness
Scotland’s social care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, visited the home over two days in January of this year. A new standards system was used in the inspection for the first time, which gave the home an overall ‘very good’ rating, including two ‘excellent’ read more…
Thursday 7/3/2019
Monklands hospital replacement review delayed
Final report into consultation process for new Lanarkshire hospital now due in May 2019
The final report of an independent review into NHS Lanarkshire’s decision to locate a replacement for University Hospital Monklands at a new site five miles away from the existing hospital has been delayed.   The review, initially meant to report with a clear set of recommendations by read more…
Wednesday 6/3/2019
Stracathro hospital’s future ’very secure’
NHS Tayside unveils plans to carry out more surgery at the hospital
NHS Tayside has ‘reaffirmed its commitment’ to Stracathro hospital by revealing a new strategy to boost the number of operations carried out at the site. The health board’s chief executive said the hospital, located near Brechin, would be key to the healthcare services in the read more…
Wednesday 6/3/2019
Glasgow mental health access project up for award
Initiative looks to help deaf people overcome barriers to vital mental health services
A project in Glasgow to help deaf people access mental health services is up for an award. The initiative has been introduced in Scotland’s largest city by the local health and social care partnership with backing from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. It has already had a "significant read more…
Wednesday 6/3/2019
New & expectant mothers to benefit from extra funding
The Scottish Government is to spend £50m to improve access to services for women experiencing mental health problems during and after pregnancy
Over £50m is being put towards improving access to mental health services for expectant and new mothers. The funding, announced today by the First Ministerduring a visit to the mother and baby unit at St John's Hospital in Livingston, will provide access to treatment for an additional read more…
Wednesday 6/3/2019
New Argyll & Bute carers strategy to launch
Cabinet Secretary and local MSP Mike Russell will open the Argyll & Bute carers conference later this month as part of efforts to improve the lives of carers across the region
On Friday 15th March the Argyll & Bute carers conference will officially launch the newly developed carers strategy. Brining together carers, representatives from the local health and social care partnership (HSCP), carer centres and others, the conference will look to encourage collaboration read more…
Wednesday 6/3/2019
Ayrshire diabetes patient conference 2019
NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s diabetes managed clinical network is hosting its annual diabetes patient conference in April
People who have diabetes, or know someone who is affected by the condition, are welcome to attend the annual Ayrshire conference, taking place on the 27th April this year in University Hospital Crosshouse. Diabetes managed clinical network manager, Diane Smith, said: “We’ve organised read more…
Wednesday 6/3/2019
Figures show scale of Scotland’s drugs challenge
Scottish Drugs Forum says there has been ’little, if any’ change over recent years
Up to 59,000 Scots struggle with problem drug use, official estimates show. The figures from 2015-16 – the most recent available – suggest there could be as many as 58,900 individuals engaged in problematic drug use. This equates to around 1.6% of the population. The chief executive read more…
Tuesday 5/3/2019
Concern over mental health waiting times
Calls for focus on psychological therapies as latest figures show all but one health board not meeting treatment standard
The Scottish Association for Mental Health is calling for an ‘urgent focus’ on access to mental health talking therapies, as new figures show just one region met the Scottish Government waiting times target. The charity warns long waits for psychological therapies increase the read more…
Tuesday 5/3/2019
Queen Elizabeth Hospital review chairs announced
Review to investigate ’all matters it considers relevant’
Dr Brian Montgomery and Dr Andrew Fraser will co-chair the independent review into the design, building and maintenance of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Scottish Government has confirmed.   Dr Montgomery, previously medical director and interim chief executive of NHS read more…
Tuesday 5/3/2019
NHS Lanarkshire annual review
Members of the public are invited to the health board’s annual review in April
Members of the public are invited to attend NHS Lanarkshire’s Annual Review on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman, will be in in attendance at the review of the board’s performance over 2017-18. Chair of NHS Lanarkshire, Neena Mahal, read more…
Tuesday 5/3/2019
Call for Brexit medicines supply clarity
Scottish Government urged to publish plans to guarantee medicines supply in the event of a no deal Brexit
Four Scottish charities have demanded the Scottish Government publish its contingency plans to guarantee vital medicines supplies if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. One of the charities making the call, Diabetes Scotland, warned any disruption to medicine and drugs supply would be read more…
Monday 4/3/2019
Westminster committee launches drug misuse inquiry
Scottish Affairs Committee to consider whether Scottish Government drug powers are adequate
The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the ‘distinct range of issues and problems associated with drug use’ in Scotland. Problem drug use is disproportionately higher compared to England and other European countries. Drugs-related deaths have read more…
Monday 4/3/2019
Edinburgh launches first hearing loss directory
A new online resource is launched to help 40,000 people estimated to be living with hearing loss in Edinburgh
With over 60 listings, the hearing loss digital directory is the first of its kind in Edinburgh. Designed to serve as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for adults seeking help and support in Scotland’s capital, the directory includes a range of details related to employability services and read more…
Monday 4/3/2019
Paediatric staffing crisis threatens children’s health
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health calls for 82 additional consultant paediatricians as workforce is ’on the brink of a recruitment crisis’
A shortage of children’s doctors in Scotland is putting young people’s health at ‘significant risk’, according to a report from the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH). ‘Unless urgent action is taken’, staffing shortages could ‘damage read more…
Monday 4/3/2019
Improvements to bipolar care in Glasgow
Dedicated patient pathway for bipolar disorder established
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde has developed a new pathway for patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  This comes after a report by the University of Glasgow raised concerns about patients across being prescribed medicines that could make symptoms worse, not better.  The study read more…
Monday 4/3/2019
Grampian R&D education website to launch
Health board looks to increase participation in medical research and trials
NHS Grampian has launched a new website to encourage people to take part in clinical trials across the region. The ‘helping u help’ site will be a “one-stop shop” for people interested in getting involved in medical research. It will include an explanation of why the read more…
Monday 4/3/2019
Online dementia support tool launched in Lanarkshire
Post-diagnostic resource made available for carers, patients & health practitioners
The online resource, developed by NHS Lanarkshire’s mental health and learning disability service, aims to enable those diagnosed with dementia to “live as well as possible with dementia and prepare for the future”. Families and carers, as well as those diagnosed with the read more…
Monday 4/3/2019
New Care Inspectorate board members
Dr Bill Maxwell & Rognvald Johnson appointed to care regulator board
The Scottish Government has announced two new appointments to the board of the national social care regulator and inspector, the Care Inspectorate.  A former head of Education Scotland, Dr Bill Maxwell has experience of public sector reform and national-level quality assurance in Scotland read more…
Friday 1/3/2019
Social care to suffer under immigration plans
Analysis suggests no current EU care worker will would meet a £30k a year minimum salary threshold
The social care sector will be ‘severely affected’ by immigration reductions after Brexit, according to analysis of the UK Government’s immigration plans by a team of Scottish academics. And the study says there is little prospect that the sector will be able to adapt to the new read more…
Friday 1/3/2019
NHS Highland chair & medical director resign
Boyd Robertson appointed interim chair to replace David Alston
The chair of NHS Highland has resigned, less than three years after being appointed to head the board. David Alston said: “A new chair at this time, as the board embarks upon a new programme of service transformation, will provide a fresh approach and enable the service to look forward with read more…
Friday 1/3/2019
South Lanarkshire carers consultation opens
Partnership seeking views as it develops a draft strategy for carers
South Lanarkshire Health & Care Partnership is calling for residents’ views on support for unpaid carers. The joint local authority-health board collaboration has launched an online survey as it looks to develop a new carers’ strategy. The previous strategy, which ran from read more…
Thursday 28/2/2019
"Poverty remains a problem" for children in Scotland
Children in Scotland’s most deprived areas are ten times more likely to live in families that struggle to afford basic necessities than those in the least deprived areas
Children are more likely to live in families with limited resources, meaning they have low income and cannot afford three or more out of a list of 22 basic necessities, in Glasgow (43%) and South Ayrshire (36%) compared with Scotland as a whole. Children were less likely to live in families with read more…
Thursday 28/2/2019
Milestone for Scotland’s largest children’s hospital
Development set to open in July as NHS Lothian takes ownership of several departments
The project to create Scotland’s largest children’s hospital reaches a significant milestone as NHS Lothian has taken ownership of the £150m Royal Hospital for Children & Young People, the new department of clinical neurosciences, and child and adolescent mental health read more…
Thursday 28/2/2019
Bespoke health programme for Argyll & Bute schools
Preventative health & wellbeing project delivered to 851 S3 students
S3 school pupils in Argyll & Bute are benefitting from a health and wellbeing educational project tailored to the issues they feel are important to them.   It includes a play dealing with issues affecting young people that encourages them to discuss topics such as sexuality, sexually read more…
Thursday 28/2/2019
Life expectancy ’closely linked’ to deprivation
Scots from most deprived areas spend more of their lives living in poor health
Healthy life expectancy, the amount of time a person in Scotland could expect to live in good health, was 62.3 years for males and 62.6 years for females in 2015-2017, according to the latest publication from the National Records of Scotland.   Healthy life expectancy for Scottish Areas read more…
Thursday 28/2/2019
£7.3m overspend for Scottish Borders IJB
Partnership confident it can control deficit despite exceptional A&E demand in February
The body delivering integrated health and care services in the Borders faces a £7.3m deficit.   The overspend stems from additional pressures on health services in the region, as services faced a spike in demand over the last month as winter pressures bit.   Spending on read more…
Wednesday 27/2/2019
NHS Forth Valley annual review
Jeane Freeman and senior management to take questions at public meeting next month
Residents of Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire will have the chance to question Health Secretary Jeane Freeman and senior members of NHS Forth Valley at its public annual review on Wednesday 13th March.   The Health Secretary will be joined by Cathie Cowan, chief executive of the read more…
Wednesday 27/2/2019
Expectations exceeded in first year of PrEP roll out
Nearly 1,900 individuals engage in HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis programme
A new report published by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) shows progress during the first year of Scotland’s first national HIV PrEP programme, which has engaged more individuals than expected Scotland is the first country worldwide to provide PrEP nationally as part of routine read more…
Wednesday 27/2/2019
Primary care inquiry begins
Holyrood committee launches inquiry into NHS primary care
The Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee is to begin an inquiry into the future of primary care in Scotland. The cross-party group of MSPs is looking to explore key themes such as sustainability, major challenges and which areas should be prioritised in future. Primary care read more…
Wednesday 27/2/2019
Report finds poor working practices in social care
’Radical overhaul’ needed to end unpredictable hours and improve pay
The way social care is commissioned should be radically overhauled to address insecure employment practices in the sector, an influential advisory commission has said. In a report criticising ‘chronic undervaluing’ of care workers, the Fair Work Convention also calls on the Scottish read more…
Tuesday 26/2/2019
Avoidable child deaths hub to launch next month
Government announces action after recent figures show Scotland lags behind the rest of the UK in reducing rate
The Scottish Government is to introduce a new body to review and help bring down the number of preventable child deaths. Despite a 32% reduction in the number of avoidable deaths among those aged under 18, there were still 218 avoidable child deaths in Scotland in 2017, according to the latest read more…
Tuesday 26/2/2019
New eating disorder treatment guidelines
Scotland-specific guidelines will reflect unique geographical challenges
Clinicians in Scotland are to be given new guidelines for treating and supporting patients with eating disorders.   The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network’s (SIGN) new treatment rules will cover the ‘unique cultural and geographical makeup of Scotland’ and read more…
Monday 25/2/2019
NHS Borders’ annual review
Health board wants residents to be ’part of conversation’
NHS Borders is holding its annual review meeting on Tuesday 19th March. The health board wants residents’ views on how health services in one of Scotland’s most rural regions can adapt and evolve to suit the needs of a changing population. At the event, held in Galashiels, read more…
Monday 25/2/2019
Aviemore hospital plans approved
"Big step forward" for reorganisation of health & care services across Badenoch & Strathspey
Plans for a new Badenoch and Strathspey community hospital in Aviemore have been approved by councillors.  The £15m facility will be built in the Aviemore technology park and include a community hospital, a GP surgery, an ambulance service base and community healthcare read more…
Monday 25/2/2019
Argyll & Bute diabetes survey launched
Partnership asks for views of the public on diabetes support & prevention planning
The Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) was awarded £22,500 in October 2018 to investigate how to support people living with type 2 diabetes and to prevent more people from getting this condition. The funding is being used to investigate what local people think read more…
Monday 25/2/2019
New high-tech theatre for Ayr hospital
4K operating theatre at NHS Ayrshire & Arran hospital first in Scotland
Scotland’s first 4K operating theatre officially opened on Friday at University Hospital Ayr. Funded by the board's charity fund, it boasts an ultra-high definition camera platform four times more precise than conventional high definition and fully integrated computer systems, meaning read more…
Friday 22/2/2019
High praise for Edinburgh mental health ward
Staff ’warm, caring and respectful’
An Edinburgh facility for older people with chronic mental health conditions has been rated highly by inspectors. The Mental Welfare Commission praised Willow Ward, Ferryfield House for the quality of care provided by staff, engagement with patients’ families and the activities on read more…
Friday 22/2/2019
Support for Edinburgh carers
The first of two pop-up support events at the Royal Infirmary takes place today
Carers in Edinburgh will be able to access a pop-up emotional wellbeing hub for expert advice on issues such as managing stress and support services. Two one-day drop-in events will be held at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, supported by the charity VOCAL, which offers unpaid carers information, read more…
Friday 22/2/2019
Highland nutrition prescribing innovation
Food First approach leads NHS Highland to shortlist ahead of advanced healthcare awards for innovative allied health professionals work
For the second time in four years, NHS Highland has been shortlisted for the ‘improving quality: measuring and demonstrating impact’ category at the advanced healthcare awards. Allied health professionals (AHPs) were recognised for their innovative work transforming nutrition read more…
Friday 22/2/2019
NHS Tayside annual review
Public invited to update on performance & plans for the future
On Monday 25th February, NHS Tayside chair, John Brown, will present on the board’s performance over the past year, joined by chief executive, Grant Archibald, and the board’s directors. Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman, will also attend the review at Ninewells read more…
Thursday 21/2/2019
Assurances sought on Barra hospital upgrade
Health secretary says officials could intervene to avoid delays
Scottish Government officials will support NHS Western Isles to draw up a final plan for a new hospital on Barra if there are any delays, health secretary Jeane Freeman has told MSPs.   In response to the Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP, Dr Alasdair Allan, who read more…
Thursday 21/2/2019
Major upgrade to Raigmore hospital helipad
Programme of upgrade work to meet increasing demand now complete
A three-month programme of work to upgrade the helipad at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness has been successfully completed. The helipad receives over 500 flights each year and the upgrade will facilitate increasing demands of larger and more frequent aircraft use. At a cost of just under read more…
Thursday 21/2/2019
Realistic medicine in Lanarkshire
NHS Lanarkshire invites public to share views on realistic medicine at two stakeholder events
NHS Lanarkshire is inviting residents to attend two events to discuss what realistic medicine means to them. In 2017 the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr. Catherine Calderwood, published her second annual report, Realising Realistic Medicine, which set out the vision for a realistic read more…
Wednesday 20/2/2019
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary inspection report published
Healthcare Improvement Scotland's latest report on NHS Grampian hospital praises proactive approach to discharge planning
Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s (HIS) latest inspection report on the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary following an unannounced inspection has been published. The visit formed part of HIS’s broader programme of inspections on the standard of care for older people in acute care in read more…
Wednesday 20/2/2019
New principles for health data engagement
Meaningful public involvement should be at the heart of health data research, academics say
The public should not be seen as a ‘problem to overcome’ when it comes to health data research, a group of academics have said. Instead, the public should be treated as partners and engaged with meaningfully throughout, according to researchers from universities across Scotland and read more…
Wednesday 20/2/2019
Five-year Glasgow health strategy approved
’Effective, person-centred & safe’ care the focus of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s Pursuit of Healthcare Excellence strategy
A new strategy to improve quality of healthcare in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde has been approved in principle by the health board. Covering the next five years, the healthcare quality strategy sets out three ‘key areas of quality care’ – effective, person-centred and safe read more…
Wednesday 20/2/2019
Praise for cleanliness at Royal Alexandria Hospital
Healthcare Improvement Scotland publishes report following unannounced inspection
The Paisley-based hospital, which has nearly 700 beds, has been scored highly for infection control, the management of invasive devices such as catheters, and the cleanliness of theatre equipment by a report. But inspectors from Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the Scottish NHS regulator, said read more…
Tuesday 19/2/2019
Health & care workforce plan due 'in coming weeks'
Plan delayed to take account of the impact Brexit will have on recruitment, Health Secretary says
The Scottish Government’s health and care workforce plan, originally due to be published before Christmas, is set to be published “in the coming weeks”, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said.   Ms Freeman explained the plan had been delayed read more…
Tuesday 19/2/2019
Borders partnership progresses on key goals
Progress on keeping people out of hospital, patient flow & community capacity
Scottish Borders Health & Social Care Partnership has progressed or held steady on a number of key performance figures, a report considered by the governing Integrated Joint Board shows. The partnership, which covers one of the most sparsely populated areas in Scotland, serving 115,000 people read more…
Tuesday 19/2/2019
New Holyrood health inquiries
Primary care, social care capacity & medicines next areas of examination for Scottish Parliament's Health & Sport Committee
The Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee, chaired by Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald, has announced three new inquiries it will undertake before the 2021 election. This spring, the Committee will consider what primary care will look like for the next generation, focusing read more…
Monday 18/2/2019
Future of genomic medicine report published
Scottish science advisory council reports on the future of genomic medicine
A report from the Scottish science advisory council (SSAC) makes a number of recommendations to develop genomic medicine in Scotland and improve patient outcomes. Recommendations focus on six core areas, including leadership, clinical implementation, workforce, digital health, research and read more…
Monday 18/2/2019
Progress at NHS Tayside
NHS board downgraded to stage four of performance escalation framework following the latest decision of the assurance & advisory group
The assurance & advisory group (AAG) was commissioned in March 2017 to work with NHS Tayside following concerns over the board’s performance and financial position. Chair of the AAG, Prof Sir Lewis Ritchie, said: “It has been a real privilege to support the recovery of NHS read more…
Monday 18/2/2019
Public opinion sought on Angus care model
Angus Health & Social Care Partnership seeks views on draft strategic commissioning plan
Members of the public have been invited to give their views on a plan that provides details of how the partnership will continue to build the Angus care model, integrate services, and improve health and promote wellbeing. The Angus Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP), which came into read more…
Monday 18/2/2019
Oral health community challenge fund opens
Third sector encouraged to apply for funding to run projects that improve oral health in deprived areas
The Scottish Government’s population health directorate has launched the oral health community challenge fund grant scheme with £2.5m available to third sector organisations working to improve oral health in deprived areas.   Organisations can apply for grants read more…
Friday 15/2/2019
Osteoarthritis pilot project to be expanded
Clackmannanshire project that offers lifeline to individuals with knee and hip problems set for rollout across NHS Forth Valley
Operating in Clackmannanshire over the past year, the ‘best in class’ pilot project offers patients with lower limb difficulties the opportunity to engage in treatments that could help to avoid or delay orthopaedic surgery.   Individuals diagnosed read more…
Friday 15/2/2019
£12m for new neonatal care models
New model of care is to be tested at four sites across Scotland
A new model for neonatal care that will see all expectant mothers receive care from a primary midwife and enhanced support for babies needing the most specialist care is to be trialled at four sites across the country.   The Scottish Government has committed read more…
Friday 15/2/2019
Delayed discharge reduced in West Dunbartonshire
'Significant progress’ in some key areas but financial pressures evident within a partnership where CAMHS services struggle to meet demand
West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership has successfully reduced the number of days lost to delayed discharge; a key Scottish Government priority. The same period saw waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) rise due to staff and resource read more…
Thursday 14/2/2019
Praise for infection control at Galloway hospital
Patients positive about cleanliness at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer, report finds
Cleanliness and infection control at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer have been praised following an unannounced inspection to the facility. Inspectors from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate division of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the regulator for the NHS in Scotland, had read more…
Wednesday 13/2/2019
Support for GP practice running costs rises
50% of eligible practices in Scotland have successfully applied for loan scheme
Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman, has announced a further £20m is to be invested in helping GPs with the costs of running their practices. The GP premises sustainability loan scheme was established in response to concerns raised by the BMA over the financial burdens read more…
Wednesday 13/2/2019
Third sector's "huge role" in integration
Glasgow’s voluntary sector considers Audit Scotland’s latest report
Discussing the findings of her organisation’s report, senior manager at Audit Scotland, Leigh Johnston, emphasised the essential role of the third sector in the delivery of health and social care integration at the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector’s (GCVS) stakeholder read more…
Tuesday 12/2/2019
Care sector's fears over immigration restrictions
Scottish Care CEO warns sector would suffer if it lost “care and compassion” of EU workers
The UK Government’s plans to limit the number of individuals coming from the EU to work in the UK would make existing problems in the social care sector “considerably worse”, Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, has warned. He also said plans to introduce a read more…
Tuesday 12/2/2019
New Perth & Kinross lead appointed
Gordon Paterson has been appointed to the post of chief officer of Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership.
Currently chief inspector for adult services at the Care Inspectorate, Gordon Paterson joins after five years with the social care regulator to take over the role of chief officer from Robert Packham. The Perth & Kinross partnership serves the fifth largest local authority area in Scotland, read more…
Tuesday 12/2/2019
Renfrewshire community network hub expansion
Health & social care partnership staff praised for support for individuals with learning disabilities
A new community network hub is to be established in Johnstone and capacity extended at another facility in Paisley. The plans follow confirmation from Capability Scotland in July 2017 that it was to end services provided to individuals, carers and families at West Lane Gardens and read more…
Tuesday 12/2/2019
Radical change for Edinburgh health & care
Edinburgh IJB agrees to allocate £2m from reserves to transformation programme
Edinburgh’s Integrated Joint Board (IJB), the body that governs the city's health and care partnership (HSCP), has backed an ambitious programme to quicken the pace of health and care reform. The transformation and change programme is to be funded with £2m from the £8m of read more…
Monday 11/2/2019
Parliamentary inquiry into health infection risks
Health committee to hold a short inquiry into hazards in healthcare settings
The Scottish Parliament’s Health Committee is to hold a short inquiry into health hazards in healthcare facilities.   On the 19th March, it will take evidence from UK and Scottish bodies that are responsible for overseeing and inspecting healthcare read more…
Monday 11/2/2019
Operational command centre opens in Monklands
First of a kind project will show staff real-time data on hospital performance
University Hospital Monklands has become the first hospital in Scotland to open an operational command centre.  Developed as part of the Monklands replacement/refurbishment project (MRRP), the centre gives real-time information on the status of the hospital, including emergency department read more…
Monday 11/2/2019
New recommendations on patient involvement
Citizens juries say patients need help to get more out of talks with doctors
Patients should be supported to ask their doctor about a treatment’s side effects, alternatives and whether it is ‘really needed’.   That’s a recommendation from a panel of members of the public brought together by the Scottish Government and read more…
Monday 11/2/2019
Call for action on lung disease
MSPs told greater awareness of interstitial lung disease needed among GPs & the public
More must be done to raise awareness of Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), the Scottish Parliament’s petitions committee has been told. MSPs were taking evidence on a petition calling on the Scottish Government to increase awareness of the condition, which is caused by scarring on the lungs read more…
Friday 8/2/2019
NHS Glasgow & Clyde annual review
Jeane Freeman to open health board’s yearly review meeting
Scotland’s largest health board is holding its annual review on Monday 11th March.   The session will involve presentations on how the board is delivering services and ‘major achievement and challenges’ during the previous year.   The Cabinet read more…
Friday 8/2/2019
Charity fears volunteer crisis after Brexit
Camphill Scotland says the Home Office’s response to immigration concerns has been a “mixture of reassurance and denial”
A Scottish learning disabilities charity that relies on international volunteers has issued a stark warning about the UK Government’s plans to restrict the free movement of people from the EU. Camphill offers social, cultural and employment opportunities for more than 600 people with read more…
Friday 8/2/2019
Diabetes Scotland seek clarity on medicines supplies
Assurances sought from Scottish Government that insulin won’t run out after Brexit
The leading charity for people with diabetes says ministers must provide clarity, plans and a risk assessment in a bid to assure patients that supplies of insulin and other medications will not run out when the UK leaves the EU next month. During a detailed discussion at the Life Sciences read more…
Thursday 7/2/2019
New chief executive for NHS Borders 
Ralph Roberts to return to the role after eight years with NHS Shetland
Ralph Roberts takes over as chief executive of NHS Borders in May after the retirement of Jane Davidson, who has been with the board for nine years.  Speaking about his appointment, Ralph Roberts, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be offered this opportunity to provide Chief read more…
Thursday 7/2/2019
Report finds major issues with Parkinson’s care
Parkinson’s “all too easily overlooked” when it comes to investment in diagnosis & support, according to leading charity
People with Parkinson’s across Scotland are struggling to access the care they need, from initial diagnosis to ongoing care and support, a new report by charity, Parkinson’s UK, suggests.   More than 12,000 people in Scotland currently have the condition read more…
Thursday 7/2/2019
Angus health & wellbeing hub shortlisted for award
Recognition for Letham centre that was the first in Scotland to host innovative surgery hub
Letham health & wellbeing centre opened in 2015 and has been nominated within the innovative rural services category of the annual Scottish digital health and care awards. Clinics for cardiac, podiatry and anticoagulation are among those housed at the centre, which serves a local population read more…
Wednesday 6/2/2019
GPs first contact for Brexit medicine shortages
Scottish Government Brexit Secretary tells MSPs a list of medicines that could be in short supply is unlikely to be published
Mike Russell expects GPs and doctors to take the lead in informing patients about any potential disruption to supplies of medicines after Brexit. In a statement to MSPs, he suggested publishing a list of medicines whose supply was at risk could cause alarm and said in the event of any shortages read more…
Wednesday 6/2/2019
Postcode lottery persists in dementia support
Dementia charities raise concerns over variations in post-diagnostic support rates across Scotland
Fewer than half of those diagnosed with dementia are receiving the post-diagnostic support set out in Scottish Government standards, new statistics show. In 2016-17, 47% of people estimated to have been diagnosed with dementia were directed to post-diagnosis support services. Of more than 8,000 read more…
Wednesday 6/2/2019
Lanarkshire public health report published
Pioneering work on well-being & mental health undertaken by health board
NHS Lanarkshire’s annual public health update has set out new initiatives to improve mental well-being, including a new scheme to support people in distress who might not meet the criteria for more traditional support but are in need of help. Lanarkshire is one of four areas piloting read more…
Tuesday 5/2/2019
Highland centre of excellence plans approved
Custom-built facility will progress collaboration between NHS, academia & life sciences
Highland Council has approved plans for a facility that will contain an NHS elective care centre, a University of the Highlands & Islands life sciences innovation centre and a new life science business incubator owned by Highlands & Islands Enterprise.  Director of strategic read more…
Tuesday 5/2/2019
New MWC guidance for alcohol-related brain damage
Mental Welfare Commissions warns condition ‘often not recognised and under-diagnosed’
The Mental Welfare Commission has published a good practice guide to help clinicians recognise and treat the condition.  Alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) is caused by heavy alcohol use over a long period that causes changes in the brain and can lead to memory loss, problems with judgement read more…
Tuesday 5/2/2019
Health & care staff survey published
Staff feel valued but some are dissatisfied with senior leadership, survey reveals
A survey of health board and health & social care partnership staff has found staff value their team and immediate line managers but have decreasing confidence in senior management. The annual study measures staff experience by asking questions about workplace culture, covering topics such as read more…
Monday 4/2/2019
COSLA & Government integration report
Ministerial strategic group sets out recommendations to accelerate the pace of integration
Health and social care integration is “progressing well but needs to happen faster”, according to a joint report from the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). The report has been produced by a ministerial strategic group chaired by director read more…
Monday 4/2/2019
Falkirk consults on carers strategy
Carers to be “equal partners in care” in strategy that runs to 2024
Falkirk health & social care partnership is asking residents for views on its carers strategy.   The strategy has been developed by the partnership, children’s services at Falkirk council and the Falkirk and Clackmannashire carers’ centre. The read more…
Friday 1/2/2019
Loneliness strategy delivery group appointed
Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and Age Scotland among members focused on delivering Scottish Government isolation & loneliness strategy
A Connected Scotland, the Scottish Government’s first strategy focused on social isolation and loneliness, was published in December 2018 and identifies four key priorities. Empowering communities and building shared ownership as well as tackling stigma and creating opportunities for people read more…
Wednesday 30/1/2019
HIS reports on Borders General Hospital
Back to Basics programme improving care of older people in acute hospital
Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) has published a report following an unannounced inspection of the Borders General Hospital in November 2018. The inspection focused on older people’s services and relates to a wider body of national improvement work being led and coordinated by HIS on read more…
Wednesday 30/1/2019
Healthcare staffing legislation amended
Committee seeks significant changes on staffing levels, senior nurses and professional development
Scottish Government legislation to enable better workforce planning across health and social care has been repeatedly amended in the first part of its stage 2 process. The proposals were being considered by the nine-member Health & Sport Committee. In a two-hour session, opposition MSPs read more…
Wednesday 30/1/2019
Health Committee to examine IJB performance variations
COSLA & Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, will come before the Committee to discuss the findings of the internal Government review of integration authorities
The Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee is set to explore the “wide variation” in performance and “ambition for change” among health and social care integration authorities. Speaking in a debate on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals, read more…
Tuesday 29/1/2019
Proposals underway to accelerate SIGN guidelines
Rapid technical assessments will enable production of “much more clinically relevant” guidance
While giving evidence to the Public Petitions Committee, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman, highlighted a change in approach from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). To keep pace with technological change, proposals are being developed for rapid technical read more…
Monday 28/1/2019
Praise for training at Caithness General Hospital
Education for medical students & trainee doctors no longer subject to enhanced GMC monitoring
The national medical education watchdog, Scotland Deanery, has praised the standard of training at Caithness General Hospital and recommended it be removed from the General Medical Council’s (GMC) enhanced monitoring list.  The NHS Highland hospital had been subject to tougher read more…
Monday 28/1/2019
Brexit healthcare impact review bill delayed
SNP MP’s legislation would require UK Government to assess the impact of Brexit on health & social care
A private member’s bill put forward in the House of Commons by SNP MP Brendan O’Hara that would have introduced an UK-wide review of Brexit’s effect on health and social care has been delayed by parliamentary procedures. The Bill has the support of 97 organisations across read more…
Sunday 27/1/2019
Borders carers plan under development
Partnership seeking views on draft plan that will give carers a “strong voice”
The Scottish Borders Health & Care Partnership is asking for feedback on its proposed adult carers strategy.   The plan is based on ‘key ambitions’ for carers to feel supported and able to manage their caring role without compromising their read more…
Friday 25/1/2019
East Lothian sets health & care priorities
The health & social care partnership is consulting on the key aims of its next strategic plan
East Lothian health & social care partnership (HSCP) has begun the first stage of its consultation and engagement that will help to set the priorities in its next strategic plan, due to cover 2019-2022.   Respondents are being asked to rank the objectives the read more…
Friday 25/1/2019
Paul Gray updates MSPs on NHS board performance
NHS chief reveals ‘area-specific’ support measures are in place for some health boards
The chief executive of the NHS in Scotland and director general of health and social care for the Scottish Government has written to the Health & Sport Committee with further information on which boards are receiving extra support under the government’s NHS board performance read more…
Friday 25/1/2019
Mental health facebook page launched in Argyll & Bute
Health & social care partnership expands online resources to reach across rural communities
The Argyll & Bute health and social care partnership has launched a facebook page aimed at individuals living with a mental health problem and those supporting them. Approximately one in four people experience a mental health problem in Scotland each year. With a population of over 86,000, read more…
Thursday 24/1/2019
Gorbals health & care centre opens to patients
Health & social care services brought together with £17m investment
Work began on the new facility in 2017 to provide the local area with improved access to a range of community and primary care services. Four general practices, one dental practice and other primary and community services have been amalgamated in the new centre, in addition to alcohol and drug read more…
Thursday 24/1/2019
Fife cancer patients to get dedicated support
A “pioneering” project between Macmillan and the Fife HSCP will help cancer patients get emotional, practical and financial help
The £1.1m programme will see each newly diagnosed cancer patient offered a one-on-one dedicated support worker who can put the patient in touch with a range of support services such as benefits advice, emotional support or help at home.    The charity and Fife read more…
Thursday 24/1/2019
New foetal alcohol guidelines for Scotland
Scotland first UK nation to publish fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnosis guidelines
The Scottish NHS regulator, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, has published new clinical guidelines to help healthcare professionals diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).   The condition is caused by mothers consuming alcohol during pregnancy and can cause a range of read more…
Wednesday 23/1/2019
New pain self-management course for Angus
Charity joins forces with Partnership to offer new help for people with chronic pain
A new course provided by the charity Pain Association Scotland on behalf of the Angus Health & Care Partnership is to launch in Monifieth next month.  The five-week course aims to “improve people’s understanding of pain and give them the skills to better manage read more…
Wednesday 23/1/2019
Praise for “bold” children’s health strategies
The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health has said the Scottish Government is “working hard” but must now turn plans to action
Revisiting a 2017 report assessing the state of child health across the UK, the College has praised Scottish Government plans in three key areas – child poverty, obesity and mental health.   In a scorecard assessing progress against the report, the membership body read more…
Wednesday 23/1/2019
Report urges rethink of advanced dementia care
Fair Dementia Care Commission report criticises “disproportionate impact” of social care charges on those with advanced dementia
Chair of the Fair Dementia Care Commission and former first minister Henry McLeish launched a report in Glasgow today that calls on overnment to address the inequalities faced by individuals with advanced dementia.  In its report, Fair Dementia Care for read more…
Tuesday 22/1/2019
Lothian mental health services visited by MWC
Quality of care praised but concerns raised over comprehensiveness of patient care plans
Three acute mental health wards at the Royal Hospital Edinburgh in Morningside were visited by the Mental Welfare Commission in announced visits over September and October, following a previous round of visits in November 2017.     The Commission is an independent read more…
Monday 21/1/2019
NHS Dumfries & Galloway chair appointed
Former executive director of an NHS mental health trust, Nicholas Morris, becomes board chair
Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman, has appointed a new chair to the board of NHS Dumfries & Galloway. Nicholas Morris has stepped up from his role as a member of the NHS Dumfries & Galloway board to take up the position of chair within the organisation. NHS Dumfries read more…
Monday 21/1/2019
Consultation begins on Renfrewshire's strategic plan
The plan will run from April 2019 to March 2022
The health and social care partnership, which brings together Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, forecasts that an ageing population will drive significant demand for social care. Contracts with adult social work services have increased by 31% over the last five years and read more…
Monday 21/1/2019
Report says delays impacting Royal Edinburgh patients
MWC hears patients’ conditions worsened as they waited to leave ward
A report by the Mental Welfare Commission is revealing the impact on patients of delayed discharge at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s Comiston ward. The ward helps to rehabilitate older people with mental illnesses so they can return home or move to other suitable accommodation. While care read more…
Friday 18/1/2019
NHS Tayside “on road to recovery”
Holyrood committee hears clinicians now in charge
NHS Tayside Chair John Brown told the Scottish Parliament audit committee that performance is still not good enough and the board is taking a “fundamental look” at how it delivers services. The Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde was brought in to stabilise NHS Tayside after read more…
Friday 18/1/2019
Progress on first secure adolescent inpatient service
Health board keen to involve patients & public throughout development process
NHS Ayrshire & Arran is moving ahead with plans for the new National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service (NSAIS), the first in Scotland. The health board was chosen in a 2016 commissioning process to host the purpose-built centre. Though based at Woodland View in Irvine, it will provide a read more…
Friday 18/1/2019
Cancer strategy undermined by staff shortages
Stakeholders have “serious concerns” workforce problems are hampering delivery of the strategy
Workforce problems are undermining the delivery of the Scottish Government’s cancer strategy, according to a report published by the Scottish Parliament cross party group (CPG) on cancer. The CPG, which has 69 members including cancer charities, individuals and NHS bodies, took evidence read more…
Thursday 17/1/2019
Kirkwall hospital on track to open in April
Latest progress report shows major equipment & systems being installed at new site
The new hospital and healthcare facility in Orkney is on course for a handover date of the 22nd April. Orientation and training of NHS staff in the new buildings is scheduled to take place from the 25th March, before a series of public open days from the 20th May. Patients, staff and services are read more…
Thursday 17/1/2019
Consultation on Aberdeen HSCP strategic plan begins
“Prevention, resilience, enabling, connections & communities” key to new strategy
Intended to span the next three years, the Aberdeen city health & social care partnership  strategic plan is now open for public consultation until Thursday 28th February. The plan identifies satisfying increasing demand for services with fewer available resources as a significant read more…
Thursday 17/1/2019
NHS Forth Valley A&E in escalation measures
Board to receive government support due to performance concerns
A Scottish Government team is providing specialist support for the health board as it looks to bring down waiting times, NHSScotland chief executive Paul Gray has said. The NHS leader, who also heads the health and social care directorate at the Scottish Government, told MSPs on the Health & read more…
Wednesday 16/1/2019
Health board reform ruled out by Cabinet Secretary
Focus is on delivery & not organisational restructuring, according to Jeane Freeman
Appearing before the Health & Sport Committee to discuss the Scottish Government’s budget proposals, the Cabinet Secretary said “a major organisational restructuring” would distract from delivering the best possible care for patients. Anas Sarwar, Labour MSP for Glasgow, read more…
Wednesday 16/1/2019
Chair appointed to NHS Western Isles
Jeane Freeman announces Ian Burgess’s appointment
The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport has appointed Ian Burgess to the role of chair after four years serving on the board of NHS Western Isles as a non-executive director and one year as vice-chair.   The appointment will span from January 2019 to read more…
Wednesday 16/1/2019
Dementia guardianships rise 36% over four years
Mental Welfare Commission questions one size fits all approach
The number of dementia guardianships for people aged 65 years and above has risen by over a third from 865 in 2012-13 to 1,176 in 2016-17. The average rate at which guardianships increased across Scotland was 27%, with NHS Ayrshire & Arran seeing a 96% increase and NHS Forth Valley recording read more…
Tuesday 15/1/2019
Deanery praises anaesthetics in NHS Grampian
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary impresses for its high training standards within the anaesthetics department
A report published by Scottish Deanery has praised “comprehensive and effective” teaching and “strong quality improvement leadership” within the anaesthetics department of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). The body responsible for managing training and training programmes read more…
Monday 14/1/2019
Breast cancer drug Perjeta among latest SMC approvals
Patients to have "opportunity of extra time" as SMC approves breast cancer drug alongside diabetes & arthritis treatments
After meeting in December, the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has published decisions on six medicines.  Perjeta, a medicine used to treat advanced breast cancer, has been accepted for use in NHSScotland, alongside medicines for the treatment of psoriatic read more…
Monday 14/1/2019
Satisfaction with Minor Ailment Service
The NHS service provided by community pharmacy has been rated highly by its users
87% of those surveyed by Community Pharmacy Scotland, the representative body for community pharmacies, score the Minor Ailment Service 10/10. The service lets qualifying groups such as children, older people and those on certain benefits go straight to their community pharmacist for advice and read more…
Friday 11/1/2019
CoSLA warns of Home Care crisis
MSPs hear more funding is needed to keep people at home
The representative body for local government in Scotland has warned there could be a “care at home crisis” if staff shortages are not addressed. COSLA’s resources spokesperson, Councillor Gail MacGregor, made the comments giving evidence on the Scottish Budget with MSPs at the read more…
Friday 11/1/2019
New nursing director for NSS
Jacqui Reilly confirmed in the post after formal recruitment process
NHS National Services Scotland has appointed Professor Jacqui Reilly as Director of Nursing. She takes up the post, which she has held on an interim basis since the middle of last year, at the start of next month. She will continue in her role as Professor of Infection Prevention and Control at read more…
Friday 11/1/2019
NHS Grampian appoints new chair
Jeane Freeman appoints Dr Lynda Lynch chair of the health board
The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of Dr Lynda Lynch, who will be responsible for a board covering half a million people. She was previously chair of Aberdeenshire IJB as well as holding various committee positions in NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire IJB. Prior to this, Dr Lynch read more…
Thursday 10/1/2019
New clinical director for Aberdeen HSCP
Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership appoints Clinical Director
Dr Caroline Howarth, currently one of the partnership’s deputy clinical leads and a GP by trade, will take up her post immediately. She has experience of streamlining primary care, leading the implementation of the Primary Care Improvement Plan and having overseen a project that lessened read more…
Thursday 10/1/2019
“Turning the Tide” on Glasgow’s public health
Scotland’s largest health board looks to address public health challenges through links with welfare, housing and education
A public health summit will take place at the end of the month as the latest stage in Glasgow’s ambitious plans to turn around the poor health of its people.   The meeting will take place on Monday 28th January.   Led by Glasgow council leader Susan Aitken, the conference will read more…
Tuesday 8/1/2019
Thousands wait over six months for treatment
Liberal Democrats criticise lengthy NHS waiting list delays
Patients in Scotland have had to wait as long as 896 days for treatment despite the Government's 84-day treatment time guarantee, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats. The statistics, provided by health boards following freedom of information requests, show 12,275 read more…
Friday 4/1/2019
Consultant staffing crisis looms, warn Conservatives
The Scottish Conservatives have said a “retirement boom” as consultants age threatens Scotland’s hospitals with another staffing crisis.
The party’s health spokesperson, Miles Briggs, highlighted figures that show more than one fifth of consultants working for the NHS in Scotland are aged 55 or older, with more than 100 consultants aged over 65. Calling on Government to take “urgent action”, Miles Briggs said: read more…
Thursday 3/1/2019
Boards report significant financial difficulties
A third of NHS boards are in escalation measures due to performance concerns
Both Scottish Labour and the Scottish Conservatives have raised serious concerns over the finances of NHS Boards and Integrated Joint Boards (IJBs) Conservative health spokesperson, Miles Briggs, warning a third of health boards stand on “the brink of financial crisis”. The Liberal read more…
Friday 21/12/2018
CAMHS transformation needed for young Scots
Waiting time target reduction recommended as Government announces £4m for recruitment
The independent task force set up by the Scottish Government to review child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) has published its Delivery Plan for service improvement as the Scottish Government announces £4m for the recruitment of an additional 800 mental health professionals to read more…
Wednesday 19/12/2018
Rise in under-18s admitted to adult wards
Continued lack of intensive psychiatric care facilities highlighted by Mental Welfare Commission report
After falling for two years, the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland highlights a rise in the number of children and young people reported by health boards as being treated for mental illness in non-specialist wards. Scotland’s 14 territorial health boards have a legal duty to provide read more…
Thursday 13/12/2018
Health and care a top priority in Scottish Budget
Derek Mackay offers “record levels” of NHS funding despite the UK Government’s “damaging political choices”
Despite the ongoing political turmoil engulfing Westminster, the Scottish Government promised this week’s Budget would not be defined by Brexit, instead prioritising spending on health, education and economic investment. Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay, read more…
Wednesday 12/12/2018
Scots life expectancy continues to stall
NRS statistics show life expectancy variation of up to 7.2 years between local authorities
  Life expectancy statistics published today indicate a variation between Scotland’s council areas of up to 7.2 years for males and 5.0 years for females for those born in 2015-17. The figures emphasis the strong link between deprivation and life expectancy; males born in the 10% read more…
Wednesday 12/12/2018
NHSScotland chief executive's annual report
Success on a number of fronts detailed in Paul Gray's 2017-18 report
NHS Scotland chief executive, Paul Gray, has published his annual report for 2017-18, which charts progress towards the “2020 Vision for Health and Social Care”. Examples of progress towards the three key aims centred on improving the quality of care provided, improving the health of read more…
Tuesday 11/12/2018
Significant health inequalities persist across Scotland
2018 Health Inequalities report shows gaps continue to exist among all but one indicator
With the exception of the healthy birthweight indicator, the Scottish Government’s long-term monitoring of health inequalities – December 2018 report shows significant health inequalities persist for each indicator. In 2017, the premature mortality rate in the most deprived areas of read more…
Tuesday 11/12/2018
RCPE call for IJBs to be more accountable
Greater accountability needed to improve delivery of timely & efficient care
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has published a report which calls for health and social care integration to be made simpler. Integration in a diverse health and social care system: how effective are Integration Joint Boards? suggests the accountability of IJBs can sometimes be read more…
Monday 10/12/2018
Worsening finances of NHS Tayside reported on
Spending watchdog outlines concerns in latest audit of Tayside health board
In the latest report on NHS Tayside, Auditor General, Caroline Gardner, has said that amid ongoing changes to the make-up of its leadership team, “urgent action” is needed to address the board’s financial position. NHS Scotland chief executive, Paul Gray, announced his read more…
Thursday 6/12/2018
Unacceptable rises in child poverty condemned by JRF
Annual report shows
A leading social policy research organisation says Scotland has lower poverty rates than the rest of the UK but employment barriers continue to keep children in poverty. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published its latest annual report on the nature and scale of poverty in the UK. Key read more…
Tuesday 4/12/2018
Financial sustainability issues among IJBs identified
Spending watchdog's annual review of councils reveals complex range of challenges
The Accounts Commission has published its annual financial overview of Scotland’s local authorities. The spending watchdog concludes that while the 32 councils have managed their budgets well over the past year, they face continued financial pressure and a complex range of read more…
Thursday 29/11/2018
Parliament debates bullying at NHS Highland
Politicians seek answers as inquiry into allegations begins
A Members’ Business debate held on Tuesday 27th November (the official report is available) focused on an external investigation into allegations, announced by Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman, on Friday 2nd November. Edward Mountain MSP (Highlands & Islands) (Con) read more…
Thursday 29/11/2018
NHS Scotland chief exec, Paul Gray, resigns
Malcolm Wright to step in as interim chief executive from February 2019
  Having been appointed as NHS Scotland chief executive and director general of health and social care for the Scottish Government in December 2013, Paul Gray will leave his position in February 2019. Former chief executive of NHS Grampian and current NHS Tayside chief executive, Malcolm read more…
Wednesday 28/11/2018
Dumfries & Galloway Council audit
Despite progress, Council faces hard choices as budgets tighten
The latest best value assurance report on Dumfries & Galloway Council by the Accounts Commission finds there is now “clear strategic direction, more effective leadership and better systems for planning, monitoring and continuous improvement”, although improvements have not been read more…
Thursday 22/11/2018
Scotland's Health and Care News Channel
While there are pockets of greatness, Scotland has no single place for people interested in seeing both the bigger picture of health and care policy and delivery, and the local initiatives and innovation taking place in our cities, counties and communities.So, we have set ourselves the ambitious read more…
Monday 19/11/2018
Prevention v cure
Health & Sport Committee highlights lack of preventative health policies in Scotland
A recent study published by the University of East Anglia found that rates of premature mortality were two times higher in the most deprived areas of the UK compared to the most affluent and that half of all premature deaths in the UK were linked to behavioural risk factors including tobacco, read more…
Thursday 15/11/2018
The state of integration
Audit Scotland calls for greater collaboration to ensure integration is achieved
After the publication of reports on the integration of health and social care services by Audit Scotland and the Health & Sport Committee, the consensus seems to be that all stakeholders, particularly Integrated Joint Boards (IJBs), must collaborate more to integrate better… Within read more…
Thursday 15/11/2018
East Lothian’s population challenge
Watchdog highlights looming pressure on services
The projected growth in the population of East Lothian represents a significant challenge for the council’s ability to deliver health, social care and education services in the future, according to the local government public spending watchdog. The Accounts Commission says the read more…
Tuesday 13/11/2018
Aberdeen primary care plan published
Aberdeen City IJB approves the plan designed to reduce GP workload
Aberdeen City IJB has approved the plan designed to reduce GP workload by directing patients to other health professionals, including pharmacists and link workers, to ensure better and more direct access to the health and care professional best able to deal with their condition. Initial funding read more…
Thursday 1/11/2018