Call for named hospital-to-home support workers
Report says people sent home from hospital need more help to make ‘best possible recovery’
Senior health and social care professionals have backed a call by the British Red Cross to assign everyone discharged from hospital a named worker to ensure they have support in place when they return home. It comes as a report by the charity warns people are being sent home without the support read more…
Monday 23/9/2019
Bid to increase free wheelchair access launches
‘Valuable opportunity’ to improve independent living & reduce isolation
A proposal to widen short-term access to wheelchairs has been lodged in the Scottish Parliament – the first step towards new legislation that would make greater access a legal requirement. Currently, the NHS only provides hospital patients with a wheelchair if they are predicted to need one read more…
Monday 23/9/2019
Paramedic degree courses to launch in 2020
Institutions spread across Scotland to offer new course so students can study closer to home
Plans to reform paramedic training by moving to university degree-based courses have moved a step closer. Five Scottish universities have been chosen to provide a new paramedic science course launching in September 2020. Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, Queen Margaret University in read more…
Sunday 22/9/2019
Specialist MS nurse programme delivers results
Patients with MS helped with the practicalities of living with the condition
A partnership between a health board and a charity to bring in specialist nurses is being shown to improve care and support for people living with multiple sclerosis. After joining forces with the MS Trust, NHS Lanarkshire says the new nurse service has led to “significant read more…
Saturday 21/9/2019
Campaigners say industry is failing on food health
Experts point out calorie counts in many unhealthy foods unchanged despite voluntary code
Scottish obesity campaigners have reacted with disappointment to a report revealing voluntary sugar reduction measures by the food industry are failing to deliver results – and that calorie levels remain unchanged. A UK-wide programme that asked manufacturers to cut the amount of sugar in read more…
Friday 20/9/2019
Sugar tax more effective than voluntary targets
Reports finds soft drinks levy reduced sugar ten times more than voluntary reduction programme
A tax on sugary drinks has been ten times more effective than voluntary commitments by the food industry to make products healthier, a report has found. A levy on high-sugar soft drinks introduced in 2015 led to an average fall in sugar content of nearly a third. But an optional reduction read more…
Friday 20/9/2019
Final Poverty Commission member appointed
Eighth appointment completes new group which will monitor progress on tackling poverty in Scotland
The final member of a new group aimed at tackling poverty in Scotland has been appointed. Katie Schmuecker, head of policy and partnership at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), will take up her role in the Poverty and Inequality Commission in December. The new public body has been set up read more…
Friday 20/9/2019
Cash payments help mums-to-be quit smoking
Figures reveal early success of NHS financial scheme to encourage pregnant women to stop smoking
A financial incentive scheme has led to a “dramatic rise” in the number of pregnant women giving up smoking, according to new figures. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) introduced payments of up to £160 for mums-to-be taking part in a programme to help them quit read more…
Friday 20/9/2019
Up to £10m to explore digital healthcare of the future
Projects include using ‘camera pills’ and looking at how artificial intelligence can predict what services people need
An innovation centre has received a cash boost to explore how digital technologies can transform healthcare. Up to £10m will be invested in the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI), a joint initiative between Strathclyde University and Glasgow School of Art, by the Scottish Government read more…
Friday 20/9/2019
Scottish Government scraps named person scheme
Opposition politicians call on education secretary John Swinney to apologise after withdrawal of law aimed at protecting vulnerable children
The Scottish Government has withdrawn its proposed new law on appointing a named person to safeguard the welfare of each child in Scotland. Education secretary John Swinney announced the scrapping of the mandatory scheme, aimed at protecting vulnerable youngsters, in a statement to the Scottish read more…
Friday 20/9/2019
National care service plans criticised
Independent care providers say one-size-fits-all proposals will take away choice & control
Private, independent and not-for-profit social care providers are voicing concern over Labour’s plans to bring in a national care service modelled on the NHS that would see care provision outside the public sector effectively nationalised. Scottish Care says the move would take away choice read more…
Thursday 19/9/2019
Public Health Scotland chief appointed
Local authority leader appointed to head new public health agency
A major reform programme to reset how Scotland thinks about health and wellbeing has reached a significant milestone with the appointment of a local government head as the new chief executive of Public Health Scotland. Angela Leitch, currently chief executive of East Lothian council, will lead read more…
Thursday 19/9/2019
Concerns about mental healthcare in Scottish prison
Inspectors warn staffing shortages are compromising care
A Scottish prison has been struggling to provide adequate mental health care to inmates because of a shortage of officers. An inspection report found HMP Addiewell in Edinburgh did not have enough staff to escort inmates from their cells to the health centre. A visit from the Mental Welfare read more…
Thursday 19/9/2019
Benefit payment wait fuelling poverty and debt
Leading food bank charity links rise in demand with roll-out of Universal Credit
Scotland’s biggest food bank network has warned a built-in five-week wait for a first benefit payment is fuelling “debt, homelessness and destitution”. New UK-wide research by the Trussell Trust has found the longer Universal Credit has been rolled out in an area, the more read more…
Thursday 19/9/2019
Early evidence suggests minimum pricing success
Minimum alcohol price reducing deaths among heaviest drinkers
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol could already be having a ‘significant’ effect among the heaviest drinkers in Glasgow, according to research being presented at a conference in the city today. Experts believe a 20% reduction in alcohol-related deaths in Scotland’s largest city read more…
Thursday 19/9/2019
Young Scots want alcohol ad crackdown
“It’s all around you all the time”: 9 to 11 year-olds call for curbs on drink advertising
A new report published today by the Children’s Parliament reveals how frequent exposure to alcohol at home, in shops and adverts and in the community makes children feel unsafe and ignored. Members of the Children’s Parliament have called for alcohol to be made less visible in shops read more…
Thursday 19/9/2019
Edinburgh brain mapping could hold key to diseases
Deep mysteries of brain behaviour could be uncovered by new study
Scientists are set to map the human brain in unprecedented detail, potentially revealing new insights into the foundations of behaviour and brain disease. Scientists based at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences have been awarded a grant of £1.3m by the read more…
Wednesday 18/9/2019
Public inquiry into safety at two hospitals announced
Review of major Glasgow & Edinburgh hospitals comes after pressure from patients, families and politicians
Health secretary Jeane Freeman has bowed to political pressure and ordered a public inquiry into construction issues at two major hospitals in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The investigation into safety concerns at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh and the Queen Elizabeth read more…
Wednesday 18/9/2019
Realising the right to health in 2019
Amid persistent inequalities, Voluntary Health Scotland’s annual conference makes the case for a renewed effort to help Scots access a fundamental human right
‘Don’t be poor, and if you can, stop. But if you can’t, try not to be poor for too long’. So began Voluntary Health Scotland chief executive Claire Stevens, as she quoted an extract from Professor Sir Michael Marmot’s own top ten tips for health. Compiled in read more…
Tuesday 17/9/2019
‘Outrageous’ cost of bed-blocking criticised
Cost of keeping one person in hospital for a day could pay for a week of social care
A charity has said meeting the cost of “out of control” bed-blocking – where patients have to stay in hospital after they’re well enough to leave because there is no social care support available – is “outrageously more expensive” than investing in social read more…
Tuesday 17/9/2019
Midwives need more support on alcohol advice
Inconsistencies in official guidelines have led to “mixed messaging” on drinking during pregnancy
Experts have called for a consistent approach across the UK on alcohol use during pregnancy to help midwives deliver advice. The call comes after a new study found while most midwives knew guidelines advised avoiding drinking altogether, four of ten were not aware of the actual content of the read more…
Tuesday 17/9/2019
Bed-blocking continues to rise in Scottish hospitals
Gaps in social care support mean 1 in 12 beds in NHS taken up by someone who is well enough but can’t be sent home from hospital
Around one in 12 hospital beds in Scotland are occupied by people unable to go home because of a lack of social care support. With a cost of £250 per bed per day, this has added up to £122m for NHS Scotland over the last year. NHS statistics published today reveal more than half a read more…
Tuesday 17/9/2019
Initiative to help vulnerable groups access GPs
Gypsy travellers & refugees among those to receive new GP access card
A new access card scheme launched by the Scottish Government aims to increase access to GP services for groups such as gypsy travellers, refugees, and those experiencing homelessness or seeking asylum. Being unable to register with a GP practice and access services can be a common issue for many read more…
Tuesday 17/9/2019
Drug deaths taskforce meets for first time
Expert group set up by the Scottish Government aims to advise on measures to help save lives
The expert group set up to address Scotland’s drug deaths “emergency” is meeting for the first time today. The taskforce, chaired by Professor Catriona Matheson of the University of Stirling, aims to examine the key drivers of drug deaths and advise on measures that can help read more…
Tuesday 17/9/2019
Health benefits of cycling denied by dangerous roads
Submissions to an inquiry into social prescribing have called for more to be done to make Scotland’s roads safer
Health professionals and campaigners are warning a lack of safe cycling infrastructure could be undermining a push to get more people out on their bikes and improve their health and wellbeing. Cycling UK says tackling ‘hostile’ road conditions should be a ‘priority’ if read more…
Tuesday 17/9/2019
Commentary: Cut benefits and you shorten lives
“We are asking for social security to be increased. We want a reduction in the poverty rate…we know that poverty is incredibly damaging for people’s health”
Life expectancy across Scotland had been increasing since 1945. But in 2012, those improvements started to slow and then, in the last three years, go backwards. The reason, according to one of Scotland’s leading public health analysts, is the UK Government’s policy of austerity read more…
Tuesday 17/9/2019
Dundee scientists take on ‘forgotten cancer’
Chief Scientist Office to fund research into cancer linked with lifestyle & deprivation that gets ‘little or no’ attention
Despite a decrease throughout much of the developed world in recent years, Scots women suffer the highest rates of a particular type of oesophageal cancer that 60% of people die from within a year of being diagnosed. Recent research also found prevalence of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma read more…
Monday 16/9/2019
Campaigners welcome green NHS pledge
Climate activists warn climate emergency “already” claiming lives in the UK
Climate campaigners have welcomed a commitment by the health service in Scotland to go green by 2045 ‘at the latest’. NHS chief executives have agreed the target alongside other key commitments, including a pledge to decarbonise small and medium vehicles in the NHS fleet by 2032. The read more…
Monday 16/9/2019
New director to oversee delayed hospital move
Scottish Government appoints director after taking control of new Edinburgh children’s hospital project following safety issues
A new director has been appointed to oversee work on the delayed children’s hospital in Edinburgh. Mary Morgan is taking up her post today tasked with delivering the relocation of services to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP). The move from the current site in read more…
Monday 16/9/2019
Tobacco firms “still targeting young people”
Call for social media controls after study shows branding matters
Campaigners are calling for tougher regulations on tobacco companies after a study found the multinational giants are finding new ways to appeal to children and young people. This could include making manufacturers contribute towards the health and environmental damage they cause and more giving read more…
Monday 16/9/2019
NHS in Scotland sets new green deadline
Details emerge of NHSScotland commitment to match emissions targets
Health service leaders are pledging to make NHS Scotland a net zero greenhouse gas emissions organisation by 2045 ‘at the latest’. The commitment will be formally unveiled next year alongside other key commitments to make Scotland’s largest employer greener. It follows Nicola read more…
Sunday 15/9/2019
Parliament gathers for World First Aid Day
Campaign to teach all schoolkids first aid skills brought to Holyrood
Pupils from a local primary school joined politicians in parliament earlier this week to highlight World First Aid Day. Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has lent his support to a campaign led by the British Red Cross calling for first aid training in all Scottish read more…
Saturday 14/9/2019
Heroin treatment service by end of 2019
Heroin to be prescribed in Glasgow as pressure grows for drugs consumption room to tackle “public health emergency”
A heroin-assisted treatment service will be up and running in Glasgow by the end of this year. The move, which will allow the drug to be prescribed for addicts, is being introduced as pressure to allow a drug consumption room in the city grows. Dr Saket Priyadarshi, of Glasgow Alcohol and Drug read more…
Friday 13/9/2019
Local GP surgeries can tackle loneliness
Health charities network tells MSPs potential of primary care is not being realised
GP doctors and their teams must be given the time and resources to tackle loneliness and social isolation, according to third sector health groups across Scotland. Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) argues more focus needs to be given to socio-economic factors behind illness and primary care teams read more…
Friday 13/9/2019
UK Government criticised for promoting ‘cheap tobacco’
Charity says ‘it is wrong for any government to be encouraging its citizens to spend money on tobacco’
The UK Government has been criticised after it claimed British tourists would be able to stock up on cut-price alcohol and cigarettes duty-free if the UK leaves the EU with no deal on October 31st. In a tweet, the Treasury said Brits holidaying in Europe would be able to ‘buy beer, spirits, read more…
Thursday 12/9/2019
Edinburgh respiratory research hub to open
Capital to host data hub in bid to transform respiratory health in the UK
Patients living with conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are set to benefit from a new data research centre, to be coordinated from Edinburgh, that experts say will position the UK at the forefront of what is known as digitally-enabled respiratory health. The data read more…
Thursday 12/9/2019
Urgent need for primary care workforce plan
Warning drive to expand general practice could affect other areas of the NHS
A plan setting out the workforce of the future is urgently needed for the whole of primary care, Scotland’s public spending watchdog has warned. The drive to expand the role of general practice could also take away staff from other areas of the health service if sufficient numbers are not read more…
Thursday 12/9/2019
‘Lifesaving’ cystic fibrosis drugs to be free on NHS
Scotland first UK nation to offer Orkambi & Symkevi as deal between Scottish Government & manufacturer reached
Scots with cystic fibrosis are to get access to two potentially life-changing drugs on the NHS as a result of a deal between the Scottish Government and a pharmaceutical company. Campaigners have described the move as a “landmark moment” that makes Scotland the first part of the UK to read more…
Thursday 12/9/2019
New breast biopsy machine arrives in Aberdeen
Patients saved time & discomfort as procedure times reduced by 25%  
A new breast biopsy machine, the first of its kind in Scotland, is providing a boost to patients in the north-east. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is the first hospital in Scotland to use the machine that saves time, reduces waste and improves patient experience. NHS Grampian’s new equipment read more…
Thursday 12/9/2019
JK Rowling gifts £15m for MS research
Harry Potter author’s “generous” donation to support research at Edinburgh University clinic named in memory of her mother
Author JK Rowling has donated £15.3m to improve the lives of people with multiple sclerosis and similar conditions. The investment will help create new facilities and support vital research at Edinburgh University’s Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. The clinic focuses on MS read more…
Thursday 12/9/2019
UK cancer survival rates lagging behind
Staffing shortages mean chances of survival are behind other similar high-income countries, says leading cancer charity
Cancer survival in the UK has improved since 1995 but still lags behind other high-income countries, according to new analysis by the international cancer benchmarking partnership (ICBP), managed by Cancer Research UK (CRUK). In Scotland, survival has improved but one-year survival rates for read more…
Wednesday 11/9/2019
New children’s hospital delayed till autumn 2020
Delay will cost taxpayer more than £20m
Edinburgh’s delayed Royal Hospital for Sick Children & Young People will not be opening for at least another year, the health secretary announced today. Jeane Freeman MSP said reviews had revealed “significant work” was needed to ensure the empty healthcare facility’s read more…
Wednesday 11/9/2019
Doctors cutting hours to avoid pension tax bills
BMA warns senior medics being forced out by rules which mean they are ‘paying to work’
More than half of senior Scottish doctors are planning to or have already cut down their working hours to avoid being hit by punitive pension tax bills that would see them effectively paying to work. A survey carried out by British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland has also found more than eight read more…
Wednesday 11/9/2019
Concerns over healthcare qualifications post-Brexit
Royal college says permanent solution must be found to avert recruitment difficulties
Food imports, medicine supplies and even civil unrest are just some of the warnings that have been issued about Brexit. Now a group representing surgeons across the UK says medical qualifications are another area of concern. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) says its vital the read more…
Wednesday 11/9/2019
Social service watchdog plans misconduct changes
Regulator proposes fitness to practice hearings will only held be when requested
Scotland’s social service watchdog is planning to switch to an “opt-in” hearing system for workers accused of misconduct. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has announced proposals which means a fitness to practice hearing will only be held when the worker asks for read more…
Wednesday 11/9/2019
NHS boards report thousands of ‘harm’ incidents
Regulator highlights variations in management of ‘adverse events’
Scotland’s health boards have recorded more than 90,000 ‘adverse events’ in a year which could have – or did – result in harm. The figures have been revealed in a new report from Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) highlighting variations in the way such incidents read more…
Wednesday 11/9/2019
Referral delays key to improving MS support
Eight in ten patients contacted by specialist nurse within ten days of diagnosis
A new report finds most patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are being contacted by a dedicated support worker quickly after diagnosis. The condition, which affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, leads to vision, mobility and balance problems that can worsen over time. Eight in ten read more…
Wednesday 11/9/2019
Plain packaging putting schoolkids off smoking
But tobacco companies finding other ways to make cigarettes appealing
Plain-packaging for tobacco products is helping put young people off smoking – but manufacturers are finding other ways to make the health-damaging habit appealing to adolescents. A study by researchers at Stirling university found exciting product names and different physical shape of read more…
Wednesday 11/9/2019
New Dundee learning disability programme
Wide-ranging service to meet physical activity needs of Dundonians
Dundee residents who have a learning disability are set to benefit from a new recreation service that includes gym sessions, boccia and walking netball. From swimming to gymnastics, a range of activities will be on offer through the Dundee learning disability service programme that several read more…
Tuesday 10/9/2019
Scots affected by suicide to help prevention efforts
New ‘lived experience’ panel to help shape action plan as statistics highlight Scotland’s high suicide rate
Scots who have been personally affected by suicide will play a key role in shaping action to prevent people taking their own lives. The announcement of the ‘lived experience’ panel comes as a new report highlights how Scotland has the highest rate of suicide in the UK, with men aged read more…
Tuesday 10/9/2019
Pharmacy to be first stop for more Scots
Existing schemes to be merged and expanded so more people go to their pharmacist first
Two successful programmes for people to seek help from their community pharmacy are to be consolidated in a new combined service set to be launched next year. From April, an enhancement to the current NHS Scotland Minor Ailment Service, which has been available across Scotland to designated read more…
Tuesday 10/9/2019
Precious metal cancer therapy hope  
New treatment ‘tricks’ cancer cells into admitting rare metal that can be used to target chemotherapy
A precious metal used as a key component in motor manufacture, electronics and the oil industry could play a vital role in new cancer therapies. Researchers have developed a way of dispatching tiny fragments of palladium inside cancerous cells – a metal that scientists have long known could read more…
Monday 9/9/2019
Milestone for new mental health wards
Ceremony marks completion of structural work on two new inpatient wards at Glasgow’s Stobhill Hospital
A milestone in the construction of two new mental health wards at a Glasgow hospital has been marked, with the completion of the building’s structure. The inpatient wards are due to open at Stobhill Hospital in summer 2020, with one dedicated to adult acute in-patient care and the other to read more…
Monday 9/9/2019
Pioneering exercise for ventilator patients
New technique means previously bed-bound patients can walk while still on breathing apparatus
Patients on ventilators who were previously bed-bound are now being helped to get ‘vital’ exercise by a team of physiotherapists. Historically, movement for people in Intensive Care Units (ICU) with breathing difficulties is restricted while they are on the breathing apparatus. A read more…
Monday 9/9/2019
Scots encouraged to get stronger to stay healthy
Older adults advised to build muscle strength to avoid injury & illness in later life
The importance of building strength as part of a healthy lifestyle has been emphasised by the UK’s leading doctors in new physical activity guidelines. The chief medical officers for Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland advise people take up dancing, bowls or other activities like read more…
Sunday 8/9/2019
Carers urged to plan for lengthy Brexit disruption
‘Significant’ number of smaller social care providers have not had time or resources to prepare for “very real” threats from Brexit
Care providers are being urged to plan for at least two months of disruption as a result of Brexit. New guidance issued by Scottish Care, which represents independent providers, says members should plan for a medium to worst-case scenarios in terms of disruption to their supply chains. The read more…
Saturday 7/9/2019
UK Government refuses to attend Glasgow drug summit
Minister suggests existing harm reduction approach sufficient
A UK Government minister has said he will not be attending a summit in Glasgow to tackle drug deaths. Minister for crime, policing and the fire service Kit Malthouse MP said he was ‘very concerned’ at drug-related deaths in Scotland but was ‘unable to commit to read more…
Friday 6/9/2019
NHS needs more focus on research
Medical colleges say greater emphasis on clinical research in Scotland could help improve patients’ lives and future health services
Scottish doctors are not being given enough time for clinical research which could help improve patients’ lives in the future, medical colleges have warned. A joint statement by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in read more…
Friday 6/9/2019
Eight out of ten babies in Lothian breastfed
Health board reveals progress on breastfeeding as new advice & support service launched
Eight out of ten babies in the Lothian area are being breastfed and rates continue to rise, health services have said. It comes as the health board launches a new drop-in advice and support service in Edinburgh with charity the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). Zoe Brown, Lothian breastfeeding read more…
Friday 6/9/2019
NHS Borders reports financial progress
Health board says savings targets are on track, but there is still “significant work” to do
NHS Borders has made progress towards balancing its books this year, officials have said. A meeting of the health board heard £6m of savings had been identified by the end of July, which is in line with the amount required to break even in 2019/20. The savings so far also represent almost read more…
Friday 6/9/2019
Drug deaths taskforce membership revealed
More than 20 experts appointed to group examining solutions to Scotland’s rising drug deaths
The membership of a government taskforce to address drug deaths has been revealed. Members of the 23-strong expert group include people with experience of drug use, addiction service bosses and representatives from the police, local government and the prison service. Academics and justice sector read more…
Thursday 5/9/2019
Integration in action showcased at care summit
Striking examples of collaboration & innovation achieved as part of the integration agenda take centre stage at launch of Scottish Care’s latest report
Public sector social care services are being urged to work closely with their colleagues in the independent sector to improve the care and support vulnerable people receive. A report published today by Scottish Care, a coalition of independent care home and homecare providers, says involving the read more…
Thursday 5/9/2019
Funding to help tackle period inequality
Charity awarded more than £500,000 to provide sanitary products to women on low incomes across Scotland
More than £500,000 has been given to help provide period products for women on low incomes across Scotland. The Scottish Government has awarded the funding to charity FareShare, which will distribute sanitary products to more than 500 organisations, including community centres, food banks, read more…
Thursday 5/9/2019
Documentary celebrates life-changing organ donations
Hospital to screen documentary sharing the stories of donor families and transplant patients
A hospital in Scotland has commissioned a documentary to form part of a permanent art installation celebrating the life-changing impact of organ donation. The feature, which will be screened at the emergency department entrance at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, tells the stories of donor families and read more…
Thursday 5/9/2019
Concern over Brexit impact on older people
Charity warns UK Government urgently needs to provide reassurance on healthcare, immigration & pensions
The UK Government needs to urgently address “unanswered questions” about the impact of Brexit on older people in Scotland, a charity has warned. A new report from Age Scotland raises ten key concerns about uncertainty over issues including possible shortages of food and medication and read more…
Thursday 5/9/2019
Programme for government “mixed bag” for child health
Children’s doctors says shortage of doctors and lack of training could hamper child poverty plans
A leading group of paediatric doctors has said Nicola Sturgeon’s legislative plans for the next year are a “mixed bag” when it comes to children’s health. Ms Sturgeon’s programme for government for the parliamentary year ahead included a new benefit to reduce child read more…
Wednesday 4/9/2019
Care for at-risk children in Aberdeen praised
Inspection report highlights service strengths but says more needs to be done to help young people leaving care
A wide range of services is available to help children and young people in Aberdeen who have experienced abuse and neglect, with staff confident at recognising the signs of risk, according to a recent inspection report. Led by the Care Inspectorate, officials highlighted strengths in the way read more…
Wednesday 4/9/2019
Pregnancy drinking chats ‘more successful’
Researchers find less formal conversations encourage honesty over drinking from mums-to-be
A “conversational approach” by health professionals is the best way to discuss alcohol consumption with pregnant women, a new study has found. Estimates suggest more than 40% of women in the UK drink during pregnancy, despite there being no known safe levels to prevent harm to their read more…
Wednesday 4/9/2019
New national health body to fight infections
Scottish Government commits to new body to improve standards at every stage of major infrastructure projects
A new NHS Scotland organisation is to be created to tackle infections in health and social care, it has been announced. The new body – as yet unnamed – will have responsibility for strengthening infection prevention and control, across the NHS estate in Scotland. This will mean having read more…
Tuesday 3/9/2019
Government commits to ‘world-leading’ junk food bill
Campaigners disappointed legislation won’t be brought in until 2020
Campaigners are urging the government to act quickly after first minister Nicola Sturgeon today pledged to clamp down on supermarket promotions on junk food. Cancer Research UK and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health have been urging the Scottish Government to bring in legislation read more…
Tuesday 3/9/2019
NHS short of 4,000 nurses
Nurses say there aren’t “enough of them to do their job properly”
Nurse and midwife vacancies in Scotland’s health service are at their highest-ever level, according to NHS statistics released today. In the three months to June 2019, more than 4,000 positions – around 6% – across both professions were vacant because of problems recruiting read more…
Tuesday 3/9/2019
Consultant vacancies at ‘highest rate since 2007’
Experts warn shortage of doctors affecting waiting times
The British Medical Association (BMA) has accused the Scottish Government of “complacency” as figures released today show vacancy rates for NHS consultants are at their highest level in more than a decade. Just under 9% of medical and dental consultant posts went unfilled in the read more…
Tuesday 3/9/2019
Rise in women attending smear tests
Campaigners welcome increase in cervical screening but raise concerns over decline in young women attending
More women in Scotland are going for cervical screening tests – but attendance is still in decline among young women. The uptake rate across Scotland was 73.1% for 2018/19 compared to 72.8% the previous year, according to new statistics published by ISD Scotland. Attendance increased in read more…
Tuesday 3/9/2019
Health board may compensate bullied staff
NHS Highland chair says payouts for staff harmed by scandal are being considered
A health board at the centre of a bullying scandal is considering making compensation payments to affected staff, who are also being offered psychological help. An independent review carried out by John Sturrock QC earlier this year found ‘hundreds’ of staff at NHS Highland were read more…
Tuesday 3/9/2019
Aberdeen commits to ending HIV
Councillors sign up to international target to eradicate virus in next decade
Councillors in Aberdeen have unanimously pledged to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. Aberdeen is now the second Scottish city, joining Glasgow, to sign up to the UN’s 90-90-90 eradication target. It sets a goal of 90% of all people living with HIV knowing their status, 90% of those that know read more…
Tuesday 3/9/2019
Children’s hospital opening still months away
Design work & cost reviews must be carried out before NHS Lothian can tackle ‘main time barrier’ to opening of new Edinburgh hospital
The opening of the Sick Kids hospital is still at least two months away, understands. NHS Lothian chief executive Tim Davison has said the ‘main time barrier’ will be sourcing a new air handling unit. A manufacturer of hospital ventilation systems has told read more…
Monday 2/9/2019
Funding boost for new mums mental health support
£1m to improve access to counselling and befriending services for parents
New mums at risk of experiencing mental health issues will be offered better access to counselling and befriending services. The Scottish Government has allocated £1m to help improve services for new and expectant mothers, including psychological assessment and treatment. It will include read more…
Monday 2/9/2019
Parents back junk food discounts ban
Cancer Research UK calls on Scottish Government to begin clampdown before end of year
Scots parents have said they blame buy-one-get-one-free deals on sweets, crisps and other unhealthy foods for getting people to buy junk food and fuelling an obesity crisis. Nine in ten told pollsters such offers are ‘influential’, with six in ten backing Scottish Government proposals read more…
Monday 2/9/2019
Health services help man overturn DWP sanction
Man facing eviction receives £2,500 after money advice team spots welfare agency mistake
A North Ayrshire man received £2,500 in benefits he had been mistakenly sanctioned for after the intervention of local health services. He had not received any payments for ten months and faced imminent eviction since the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) decided to halt his benefits read more…
Saturday 31/8/2019
Concern over ‘dangerous’ HPV myths
Survey highlights lack of knowledge and stigma around cancer-causing infection ahead of new test in cervical screening programme
Nearly half of Scottish women incorrectly believe they are not at risk of infection by the HPV virus if they are in a long-term stable relationship, a survey has found. More than a third – 37% – also wrongly think they do not need to go for a cervical screening test if they have been read more…
Friday 30/8/2019
Health service hosts anti-overdose drug class
Naxolone training session offered as international day to remember victims of drugs takes place
Health services are offering training sessions in a new type of drug that blocks the effects of opioid overdoses. NHS Highland is running the drop-in event about anti-overdose medication Naloxone as it marks international overdose awareness day with events in Inverness. Traditionally read more…
Friday 30/8/2019
New drug ‘paves way’ for malaria eradication
Scottish-led researchers discover drug which could treat the disease and prevent it spreading
A new drug which may prevent the spread of malaria could offer fresh hope in the global fight against the disease. An international team of scientists, led by the University of Glasgow, have discovered a drug which kills the parasite that causes malaria at all three stages in its life cycle. The read more…
Friday 30/8/2019
Call to recognise nurses’ “vital” primary care role
Royal College of Nursing says latest NHS workforce report fails to recognise the vital role of nursing within primary care
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said the ‘narrow scope’ of an NHS staffing assessment has left unanswered questions for the wider primary care workforce. A report published by the national public spending watchdog warns the Scottish Government will struggle to meet its read more…
Thursday 29/8/2019
Communities warn against no-deal rights rollback
Charities & campaigners from across the UK warn of ‘regression’ in rights and standards if no Brexit deal reached
A coalition of campaigners, health charities and other civil society organisations from across the UK are warning prime minister Boris Johnson they are “not ready” for a no-deal Brexit. The 85 organisations behind a letter to Theresa May’s successor say leaving without an read more…
Thursday 29/8/2019
More action needed on clean air for Scotland
Independent review finds Scotland is performing well in reducing air pollution but “much more is needed”
Scotland should “double down” on tackling air pollution to prevent potentially severe impacts on health, an expert has warned. An independent review of Scotland’s air quality has found it is performing “generally quite well” in comparison to other countries in the EU read more…
Thursday 29/8/2019
Former chief medical officer joins Monklands board
Professor Sir Harry Burns appointed to board overseeing project to replace University Hospital Monklands
Former chief medical officer Professor Sir Harry Burns has been appointed to the board overseeing the project to replace University Hospital Monklands. The appointment of the professor of global health at the University of Strathclyde, has been approved by the board of NHS Lanarkshire. Last read more…
Thursday 29/8/2019
Dentists speak out over pay
Practices ‘out of pocket’ because pay rise does not cover higher costs
An NHS pay rise announced by health secretary Jeane Freeman earlier this week will leave dentists ‘out of pocket’, a union representing the profession has said. On Tuesday Scottish doctors and dentists were awarded a 2.5% pay boost that will be backdated to April. But the British read more…
Thursday 29/8/2019
Watchdog issues warning over GP recruitment
Audit Scotland’s latest report on NHS workforce planning warns ’major policy changes’ are ’without a reliable basis’
The national public spending watchdog is today warning the Scottish Government will struggle to meet its commitment to recruit more people to work in GP surgeries. Audit Scotland says ministers are likely to miss their target to boost GP numbers by 800, adding a ‘data gap’ is making read more…
Thursday 29/8/2019
Rise in NHS staff predicted
More than 2,000 new whole-time equivalent workers projected next year
Health services in Scotland are planning to increase staff numbers over the next year, with 2,000 new workers expected to be in post by March 2020. Almost all regional NHS boards are projecting whole-time equivalent staff increases over 2019-2020 financial year. Health services covering Ayrshire read more…
Wednesday 28/8/2019
Councils facing mental health officer shortages
New report reveals three-quarters of local authorities need more social workers to carry out mental health legislation duties
Three-quarters of councils in Scotland need more mental health officers, with 55 full-time posts required to be filled to meet staffing shortages. Concerns have also been raised over a ‘substantial increase’ in the numbers leaving the role in the past year and an ageing read more…
Wednesday 28/8/2019
Waiting target for IVF patients met
All patients in Scotland seen within one year but women in Edinburgh face longest waits
All of the patients on IVF treatment waiting lists were seen within the target year-long waiting time, according to health service statistics published yesterday. Four centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow saw 290 patients from April to June this year. All of the patients had their read more…
Wednesday 28/8/2019
One in five wait too long for diagnostic tests
Leading cancer charity calls for more staff to tackle diagnostic delays
NHS statistics released today show almost one in five Scots are waiting longer than the six-week target waiting time for a series of key diagnostic tests. At the end of June 2019, nearly 90,000 Scots were waiting for one of eight key tests – such as CT scans, MRIs and endoscopies – read more…
Tuesday 27/8/2019
Scotland ahead on international HIV targets
Goal of zero new transmissions ‘more than achievable’ as latest figures show Scotland is meeting UN ‘fast track’ elimination target
A report published today shows Scotland has met an international target to end the global AIDS epidemic ahead of schedule. The UN’s 90-90-90 fast-track goal is for 90% of people living with HIV to know their status, 90% of those to be treatment, and 90% to be on treatment that stops the read more…
Tuesday 27/8/2019
NHS pay rise ‘no cause for celebration’
BMA says announcement only first step to fixing years of unacceptable pay awards
Some doctors in Scotland will still endure a real-terms pay cut despite the Scottish Government announcing a 2.5% pay increase, the largest professional body for medics in Scotland has warned, as it said the rise was ‘no cause for celebration’. “This announcement must be viewed read more…
Tuesday 27/8/2019
New patient accommodation opens in Inverness
Patients & families to benefit from self-catering accommodation at Raigmore hospital
A new patient accommodation facility at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness has officially opened. Aimed at patients who do not need to remain in a hospital ward but who live too far away to travel, Loch Court is the second patient accommodation facility offered by NHS Highland. Along with Kyle read more…
Tuesday 27/8/2019
NHS medical & dental staff get 2.5% pay rise
Scottish Government says boost will mean speciality doctors ‘remain the best paid in the UK’
Medical and dental staff in Scotland are being given a 2.5% pay rise, the Scottish Government has announced. Backdated to the 1st April 2019, medical and dental staff, general medical practitioners and general dental practitioners will receive the pay uplift in their September salaries. Health read more…
Tuesday 27/8/2019
Majority of boards miss 18-week treatment target
Doctors call for more support for medical staff so services can cope with rising demand
Fewer than 90% of patients in 11 of Scotland’s 14 regional NHS boards received treatment within 18 weeks of being referred, the latest figures show. In response to the figures, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE), says medical staff need more support so they can ‘innovate as well read more…
Tuesday 27/8/2019
Disabled people ‘lose out’ on Frank’s Law cash
Campaigners warn disabled people’s care bills can still go up despite policy
Campaigners are claiming disabled people are losing out on government funding for Frank’s Law – the extension of free personal care to under-65s who require support due to disability or health conditions. The policy is named after former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel, who was read more…
Tuesday 27/8/2019
Flu vaccine drive for primary pupils gets underway
Parents & carers urged to make sure their child is protected from virus this winter
Parents are being urged to make sure their child is protected from flu this winter by taking part in a school vaccination programme. Over the next week, parents and carers in the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGCC) area will be sent consent forms for primary pupils. The uptake rate for the read more…
Tuesday 27/8/2019
Single approach needed for Scottish cancer services
Government promising joined-up approach after Tayside chemo under-dosing
An independent advisory group says, in a country the size of Scotland, ‘it should be feasible to take a more country wide approach to cancer service delivery’. The group was set up by ministers to make recommendations to prevent a repeat of the systematic programme where a group of read more…
Monday 26/8/2019
Eating disorders care praised by inspectors
Inspection report highlights positive attitude of staff and extensive activities at Stobhill Hospital ward
A ward which treats patients with eating disorders has been praised by a mental health watchdog. Staff at the Armadale Ward at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, were praised by patients as being professional and approachable with a positive attitude and a good knowledge of individual’s read more…
Monday 26/8/2019
Dementia rapid response team relocates
NHS Forth Valley service looks to present ‘crisis situations’ and hospital admissions
An NHS Forth Valley rapid response team helping head off ‘crisis situations’ for older people with dementia is relocating. The Dementia Outreach team is moving from Stirling community hospital to a new base at Airth health centre in Falkirk. Made up of specialist nurses, community read more…
Sunday 25/8/2019
Every cancer patient guaranteed support worker
£18m partnership between government and charity aims to give patients diagnosed with disease emotional, practical and financial advice
First minister Nicola Sturgeon has today pledged every cancer patient in Scotland will get a guaranteed support worker from 2023. Scots diagnosed with the disease will be offered emotional, practical and financial advice on topics from counselling to benefits as part of the £18m partnership read more…
Friday 23/8/2019
New human rights charter for hi-tech care
Document sets out standards on practical and ethical issues surrounding the use of technology in social care
A new human rights charter setting out how technology should be used in caring for vulnerable people says humans must not be ‘wholly replaced’ by hi-tech advances. The document – which is the first of its kind - sets out standards on practical and ethical issues surrounding the read more…
Friday 23/8/2019
Tech offers GP consultations by smartphone
Doctors’ surgeries in Lanarkshire trialling new virtual appointment initiative
Patients in one of Scotland’s health boards are being offered ‘virtual’ consultations with a doctor which can be booked and accessed using a smartphone. Several GP practices in Lanarkshire are introducing the system, called Attend Anywhere, as part of a new study. Patients read more…
Friday 23/8/2019
Satellite dialysis unit opens in Stonehaven
Community fundraising efforts contribute to unit that allows patients to be treated closer to home
A satellite renal dialysis unit allowing patients to be treated closer to home has opened in Stonehaven after a significant community fundraising effort. Over £1m was raised by people and businesses in and around Stonehaven over the past five years, contributing to legacy funding left to read more…
Friday 23/8/2019
Borders dementia ward ‘unfit for purpose’
Mental Welfare Commission report highlights concerns about NHS Borders General ward earmarked for closure
A dementia ward has been branded ‘unfit for purpose’ by Scotland’s mental health watchdog. The Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) raised concerns about Cauldshiels ward at Borders General Hospital after an announced inspection carried out in June. The report says it was escalating read more…
Friday 23/8/2019
Radical Edinburgh health & care changes promised
Three-year timetable set out for ‘very ambitious’ reform plans
Edinburgh health chiefs have promised radical changes to health and social care services in the capital by 2022. They admit the ‘very ambitious’ plans could be seen as ‘difficult to deliver’ but insist they can stick to a tight three-year timetable. Included in the read more…
Thursday 22/8/2019
Review praises North of Scotland cancer alliance
Health regulator enthused by collaboration between six territorial health boards
Leadership, collaboration and a full focus on improvement within the North of Scotland Cancer Alliance have been praised in a recent review. Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) – the national inspection and improvement regulator for health services – carried out a review of the read more…
Thursday 22/8/2019
Extra staff to tackle psychology services queue
Plan to improve waiting times in Lothian with £2.5m for additional temporary and permanent staff
Around £2.5m is to be spent on recruiting more psychology staff in a bid to tackle a ‘significant queue’ of patients in Lothian. The plans involve an additional 17 temporary full-time and the equivalent of 9.3 full-time permanent posts over the next three years. NHS Lothian has read more…
Thursday 22/8/2019
Radical change needed to reduce hospital admissions
Midlothian Health & Social Care Partnership says looking at approaches adopted abroad may be required
Scotland may have to look to other countries for a ‘more radical approach’ on how to reduce pressure on hospitals due to unplanned admissions, according to a health & social care partnership. The call has been made in a report being presented to Midlothian Integration Joint Board read more…
Thursday 22/8/2019
Medical groups warn against no-deal Brexit
Leading doctors’ organisations urge Prime Minister to include health service in Brexit planning
Medical groups from across the UK have issued another warning about the dangers a no-deal Brexit poses to the health service in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In stark terms, the clinical leaders state they are not able to reassure patients their health and care will not be harmed by read more…
Thursday 22/8/2019
Martin Cheyne appointed chair of NHS 24
Current NHS Ayrshire & Arran chair to take up new role in January 2020
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced Martin Cheyne – chair of NHS Ayrshire & Arran for the past eight years – is to become NHS 24’s new chairperson. Charged with delivering online and out of hours telephone access to health advice and information, NHS 24’s core unscheduled care service read more…
Thursday 22/8/2019
Care plan guidelines launched to tackle variation
Clinicians to benefit from new guide to developing care plans for those suffering mental ill health, dementia or learning disability
Dementia sufferers, those experiencing mental ill health and people with learning disabilities are to benefit from a new guide issued by the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC). Designed to help nurses and other clinical staff create person-centred care plans, the new guidelines will also help to read more…
Wednesday 21/8/2019
Charities in no-deal Brexit plea
‘For too long, the voice of the charity and voluntary sector has been drowned out’
Charities in Scotland are urging leaders of UK political parties to do all they can to block a no-deal Brexit, warning an unnegotiated departure will ‘undoubtedly see charities collapse’. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), which represents more than 2,000 read more…
Wednesday 21/8/2019
Bid to cut down on prescription opioid addiction
New guidelines to help doctors protect patients from harmful effects
Health authorities are issuing new guidelines for doctors in a bid to cut down on prescription opioid addiction and overdoses. Prescriptions for drugs such as codeine, morphine and tramadol have risen significantly in recent years despite ‘limited evidence’ for their long-term read more…
Wednesday 21/8/2019
Secondhand smoke in Scottish prisons plummets
Health experts hail smoking ban a ‘public health success’ as air quality in prisons now similar to outdoor conditions
Eight months after a ban on smoking came into force across all Scotland’s prisons, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (GGC) has declared the move a public health success. The health board supports three prisons – HMPs Barlinnie, Greenock and Low Moss – and prior to implementation read more…
Wednesday 21/8/2019
Proposals for pension age rise to 75 criticised
Many Scots in poorer areas with lower life expectancy will ‘never’ be able to retire under think tank proposal
A proposal by a think tank linked to the Conservative party to increase the retirement age from the current 66 to 75 over the next sixteen years has been criticised by charities and health experts. Age Scotland says the proposal from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) would see around half of read more…
Tuesday 20/8/2019
Anaesthetic helps operating theatres go green
Hospitals discontinue use of anaesthetic gas for more environmentally friendly operating theatres
Reducing waste and increasing recycling are common ways to try to help save the planet. Now one hospital has taken a more unusual step to reduce its carbon footprint – by discontinuing the use of an anaesthetic gas. Theatre staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital no longer use a type of read more…
Tuesday 20/8/2019
Significant variation in hip fracture care persists
Improvements in geriatric assessments made but lack of delirium screening raises concerns
The latest audit of hip fractures in Scotland shows progress has been made in several areas including reduced hospital stays but deficiencies elsewhere – including in delirium screening – remain. In 2018, 86% of hip fracture patients admitted to emergency departments were transferred read more…
Tuesday 20/8/2019
Hospital crackdown on bad parking
Fines for drivers who park in disabled spaces or stay too long in drop-off areas
A health board is launching a crackdown on drivers who misuse disabled parking bays at hospitals. NHS Ayrshire & Arran is introducing a traffic regulation which means anyone using the space without displaying a blue badge will be subject to a £60 fine. The penalty will also apply to read more…
Tuesday 20/8/2019
East Ayrshire health & care finances on track
‘Significant improvement’ in East Ayrshire finances but audit issues warning over lack of financial sustainability
There has been a ‘significant improvement’ in East Ayrshire Integration Joint Board’s (IJB) finances in 2018-19, according to a report by auditors. Recently made available by Audit Scotland, the IJB’s annual audit plan and interim audit report for 2018-19 detail how read more…
Tuesday 20/8/2019
Disabled people suffering in unsuitable housing
Inappropriate housing causing disabled people ‘physical and mental harm’
Leading housing experts are warning a lack of adapted housing is causing disabled people “physical and mental harm”. This follows the publication of a study that tracked the experiences of 28 disabled Scots looking for housing. Most received inappropriate housing offers, or none at read more…
Tuesday 20/8/2019
Junk food restrictions needed to curb ‘obesity crisis’
Open letter to the First Minister calls for regulations to restrict price promotions
A leading obesity prevention organisation has penned a letter to the First Minister calling for regulations that would restrict price promotions on food and drink products high in fat, sugar and salt. The Scottish Obesity Alliance (SOA) says regulations are needed to curb Scotland’s read more…
Tuesday 20/8/2019
Low-cost TB test to help millions of patients
Scottish-led project aims to tackle global threat of disease by developing easy to use tests for use in poor & remote areas
A team of Scottish-led international researchers are developing low-cost, easy to use tests for tuberculosis which could help millions of patients around the world. Many countries with high rates of the disease currently rely on diagnostic methods which require skilled staff, significant funding read more…
Monday 19/8/2019
Scotland can lead UK on tackling drugs deaths
Experts say deaths from drug fatalities should be treated as seriously as cancer and traffic accidents
Scotland should take the lead in the UK by declaring drug deaths as a public health emergency – in similar way to how it spearheaded the smoking ban. The call has been made in a letter to The Lancet medical journal, signed by more than a dozen representatives from drug and health charities, read more…
Monday 19/8/2019
Heart disease ‘complacency’ warning
Campaigners say ‘worrying’ slowdown in tackling heart attack deaths in Scotland
Campaigners have warned of a “worrying and unnecessary slowdown” in progress in tackling deaths from heart attacks in Scotland. A new report, published by National Records of Scotland (NRS), found increases in life expectancy have stalled in Scotland after three decades of read more…
Sunday 18/8/2019
Dundee drug services ‘not fit for purpose’
‘No blame’ approach needed to fix drug prevention, treatment and recovery services in city, expert commission says
An expert commission is today calling for a ‘no blame’ approach to fix drug treatment services in Dundee that are ‘not fit-for-purpose’ and struggling to cope with rising drug deaths. In a challenging report, specialists on Dundee Drugs Commission say individuals are read more…
Friday 16/8/2019
Medical students start Highland placements
Highland hospitals welcome aspiring doctors on new graduate entry medical degree
Students on Scotland’s fast-track graduate medical course begin placements in the Highlands this week for the first time. ScotGEM offers aspiring doctors with an arts or science degree, and an interest in medicine and healthcare, a four-year fast-track medical course, with the aim of read more…
Friday 16/8/2019
Care provider pulls out of East Renfrewshire
Staff will transfer to council after company ends contract blaming recruitment difficulties
A major UK care company has pulled out of East Renfrewshire because it cannot recruit and retain enough care workers. In May, Allied Healthcare informed East Renfrewshire health & social care partnership it could no longer keep providing the care services it was contracted to. A partnership read more…
Friday 16/8/2019
NHS spending power could reduce inequality
Think tank urges health service to use its ‘considerable resources’ to help boost opportunities in deprived areas
The NHS’s economic clout should be used to regenerate and boost opportunities in deprived areas, according to a think tank. Researchers at the Health Foundation say the health service could use its ‘unique’ position as the largest UK employer and major purchaser of good and read more…
Friday 16/8/2019
Poverty Commission membership revealed
Seven members appointed to new group to monitor progress on tackling poverty in Scotland
The membership of a new group aiming to tackle poverty in Scotland has been revealed. Seven appointments – including campaigners on poverty and tax justice, former healthcare staff, charity workers and a university expert – have been announced by the Scottish Government. They will read more…
Friday 16/8/2019
Tayside orthopaedic surgery changes move ahead
Health board looks to streamline planned and unplanned orthopaedic operations
People in Tayside are being asked for their views on plans to simplify where patients are sent for orthopaedic procedures. NHS Tayside wants to carry out all unplanned orthopaedic surgery at Ninewells hospital in Dundee, leaving Perth Royal Infirmary and Stracathro hospital to concentrate on read more…
Thursday 15/8/2019
1 in 5 wait for hip replacement in ‘extreme’ pain
Researchers say procedures are ’highly cost-effective’ and should not be cancelled or delayed
One in five people waiting for a hip replacement are in ‘extreme’ pain or discomfort, a study has found. Edinburgh university researchers say this figure is worse than many other chronic health conditions including heart failure, diabetes and lung disease.   The figure for read more…
Thursday 15/8/2019
Express freight service medicines plan for Brexit
Doctors warn lack of preparation ‘beyond alarming’ as UK Government announces contract for delivery of medical supplies
A £25m “express freight service” is being set up to help ensure urgent medicines will be delivered after Brexit, the UK Government has announced. The service, which will be available to the whole of the UK, is intended to deliver small parcels of medicines or medicinal products read more…
Thursday 15/8/2019
Staff clinic helping psychological services
NHS Lanarkshire consultation clinic to discuss patient cases helping to reduce inappropriate referrals
A drop-in clinic where health staff can discuss patient cases is helping to reduce inappropriate referrals to specialist psychology services. Each month the Clydesdale psychological therapies team (PTT), based at Carluke Community Health Centre, receives between 40-50 referrals for therapy for read more…
Thursday 15/8/2019
Borders dementia care to change
Hospital beds for dementia patients reduced to shift to ‘informal and homely settings’
Health and care services in the Borders are to change the way they work so more people can be cared for outside of hospital. Rob McCulloch-Graham, Borders health and care partnership chief officer, said hospital environments could increase “distress” for people with dementia. Under read more…
Thursday 15/8/2019
US drug epidemic hits Scotland
Scottish opioid drug death rate ‘on par’ with United States
A charity is warning that Scotland is in the grip of an opioid drug deaths epidemic on par with the United States. A report by Crew, a harm reduction and outreach charity, finds 150 in every million Scots died from opioid use in 2017 compared to a US rate of 149 deaths per million people. The read more…
Wednesday 14/8/2019
Life expectancy stalls in Scotland
Deaths from drugs and heart disease among factors halting progress after three decades of improvement
Increases in life expectancy have stalled in Scotland after three decades of improvement. A new report, published by National Records of Scotland, shows the age people can expect to live to has increased by 7.9 years for men and 5.8 years for women since the early 1980s.   But that read more…
Wednesday 14/8/2019
More choice for disability benefit applications
New system for Scotland will allow people to apply online or face-to-face, as well as by post or telephone
Disabled people will have more choice in how they apply for benefits under a new system to be introduced in Scotland next year. Under the current scheme, run by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), applications for Disability Assistance can only be made by post or telephone. When the read more…
Wednesday 14/8/2019
Warning over back to school asthma risk
Charity urges parents to be on alert for asthma attacks with rise in hospital admissions after summer months
Parents are being warned of a ‘back to school’ risk of life-threatening asthma attacks. Analysis carried out by Asthma UK has found hospital admissions for children aged five to 14 increased by 70% when children returned to school in August, compared to the previous month. The number read more…
Wednesday 14/8/2019
Ageing population key challenge for Borders
Annual report highlights improvements in some areas, with concern over pressure on services due to ageing population
Progress has been made in key areas of health and social care in the Borders, including A&E waiting times, delayed discharges and emergency hospital admissions for over-75s. However improvements are required in emergency readmissions to hospital, end of life care and support being given to read more…
Wednesday 14/8/2019
Discharge delayed for half of critical care patients
Social care shortages ‘often’ behind hospital discharge delays
Bed shortages are forcing Scottish hospitals to keep patients in critical care units after they are well enough to be discharged to other wards.  An annual audit of critical care in Scotland published today reveals nearly half of patients had their discharge from hospital critical care units read more…
Tuesday 13/8/2019
Cancer diagnosis gap remains
Target to increase early detection yet to be reached despite improvements in diagnosis rates
NHS statistics released today show poorer Scots are still less likely to be diagnosed with cancer at an early stage than their wealthier counterparts. The Scottish Government says the most deprived areas saw the biggest increase in diagnosis rates and the gap is narrowing. But Caner Research UK read more…
Tuesday 13/8/2019
Pharmacists back student learning scheme
Report finds ‘real benefits’ of initiative to help future pharmacists learn in the workplace
Pharmacists have welcomed a project that sees them host university students so they can gain first-hand experience of the pharmacy workplace as part of the degree. A report found ‘unanimous’ backing for the project among hosts, who praised the ‘infectious’ enthusiasm of read more…
Tuesday 13/8/2019
Healthy food benefit payment card launches
Replacing paper vouchers should help low-income parents access support “without fear of stigma”
Eligible low-income families are to be given a payment card so they can buy healthy foods for them and their children.  Applications for the Best Start Food payment, which gives parents on certain benefits at least £17 per child a week during pregnancy and early years, open today. The read more…
Monday 12/8/2019
Smart bandage will help wounds heal
Two-year project aims to develop a microsensor which can alert doctors to changes in progress of tissue healing
Scottish researchers are developing a ‘bandage’ sensor to help detect how wounds are healing. At the moment, measuring the progress of injuries such as burns, cuts and surgical scars relies on patients reporting pain and health professionals looking to judge if it is read more…
Monday 12/8/2019
Falls risk for terminally-ill patients
Charity Marie Curie says new drive to reduce falls among frail & elderly must also include patients in the last few months of life
A charity has called for patients with terminal illnesses to be included in a strategy aimed at preventing falls among the elderly and frail. The Scottish Government is consulting on a plan which aims to reduce the incidence of falls, which can cause problems ranging from hip fractures and head read more…
Monday 12/8/2019
Disability benefit tests like being “on trial”
‘Degrading’, ‘humiliating’ & ‘stressful’ – disabled people’s views on PIP assessments
A survey has revealed dissatisfaction, mistrust and anger among disabled people at the way the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) determines whether someone is eligible for benefits. Disabled Scots described face-to-face interviews with assessors who have little medical knowledge as read more…
Monday 12/8/2019
Care sector urged to plan for worst as no-deal looms
Warning “thousands” of older and vulnerable people could suffer most if no Brexit agreement reached
Social care providers across the UK are being urged to plan for the worst-case scenario following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to leave the EU with or without a deal on October 31st. Potential impacts presented to government by the UK Home Care Association range from medication read more…
Sunday 11/8/2019
Doctors call for action on ‘unsustainable’ NHS
BMA Scotland warns ’unachievable’ targets setting doctors up to fail
Doctors’ leaders have called for urgent action on the future of Scotland’s hospitals, warning the NHS as it is currently run is ‘simply unsustainable’. BMA Scotland has published a detailed set of proposals for secondary care, which sets out the challenges services face read more…
Friday 9/8/2019
Frontline workers trained to spot signs of suicide
Initiative run by Glasgow’s health & social care partnership emphasises ‘anyone can help prevent suicide’
Supermarket, benefits and bank staff are being trained to recognise the signs that someone could be at risk of suicide. Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) has trained staff and charity volunteers to teach others how to talk about the subject with anyone they are worried read more…
Friday 9/8/2019
Nurse home visits help ease pressure on GPs
Using advanced nurse practitioners for home visits helps reduce pressure on GP surgeries
Advanced nurse practitioners could deliver home visits to patients to help reduce pressures on GPs, according to a new study. A new model for delivering unscheduled primary care was launched in November 2017 as part of Aberdeen City’s Health & Social Care Partnership’s programme read more…
Friday 9/8/2019
NHS Lothian needs ‘clearer’ financial plans
Warning in Audit Scotland report that also reveals board paid an extra £11m to children’s hospital contractor
NHS Lothian needs a ‘clearer plan’ on how and where savings will be delivered, Scotland’s public spending watchdog has warned. A new Audit Scotland report has highlighted a financial gap identified by the health board of £26m for 2019-20, after taking account of recovery read more…
Thursday 8/8/2019
Rise in hospital admissions for older people
Survey finds admissions to geriatric wards in Scotland have risen by 10% for three years in a row
The number of admissions to geriatric wards in Scotland’s hospitals has risen by 10% for three consecutive years, according to a new report. The survey of the country’s 19 largest hospitals, carried out by the University of Aberdeen, revealed there were 43,311 admissions in 2017/18, read more…
Thursday 8/8/2019
Patient care suffering due to pension tax bills
BMA warns doctors in Scotland still face “paying to go to work”
Scotland’s largest professional body for doctors is warning that unexpected pension tax bills are having a “significant” effect on patient care. The British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland has called for urgent action from the Scottish Government, similar to reforms announced read more…
Thursday 8/8/2019
Bid to improve learning disability safeguards
Detaining people with learning disabilities against their will leaves them ‘fearful & angry’
A charity is calling for people with lifelong learning disabilities to be given more legal protection so they are not detained in hospitals or given medication against their will. People First (Scotland) warns the practice can leave people with serious learning disabilities ‘fearful and read more…
Thursday 8/8/2019
Public supports increasing care workers’ pay
Four in five believe social care workers should get same pay & conditions as health service counterparts
A new poll by the GMB union has found overwhelming public support for increasing social care workers’ pay. Four in five believe social care staff should be treated ‘the same as NHS workers’ on salaries, training and working conditions. The average NHS Scotland employee can read more…
Wednesday 7/8/2019
Rising population challenge in Edinburgh
Annual report highlights progress in health & social care services – but extra 5,000 residents last year adds to rising demand
A reduction in delayed discharges from hospital has been highlighted as part of the progress made by Edinburgh’s health and social care services over the past year. But the arrival of more than 5,000 residents in the city during that time has added to the challenges of meeting rising read more…
Wednesday 7/8/2019
New test leads to bowel screening uptake
Simpler test to detect bowel cancer leads to increase in screening among men & in deprived areas
The introduction of a simpler test has led to increased participation in Scotland’s bowel screening programme. A report published by ISD Scotland shows the national uptake rate rose from 55.4% to 63.9% after the new test was introduced – the first time it has been higher than the read more…
Tuesday 6/8/2019
Steps forward for justice system standards of care
Organisations report on the development of set standards for children who are victims & witnesses of violence
Healthcare, social work, justice, police and child protection representatives have come together to help shape a set of standards of care for children who have been victims of, or witnesses to, violence. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland – tasked by the Scottish read more…
Tuesday 6/8/2019
Progress on East Dunbartonshire integration
Inspection report finds health & social care integration is progressing, but highlights financial challenges
Health and social care integration is progressing in East Dunbartonshire - but an inspection report has highlighted concerns around the scale of transformation required and financial challenges. An assessment of East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) - which comprises the read more…
Tuesday 6/8/2019
Emergency readmissions increase
Higher proportion of Scots readmitted to hospital after being recently discharged than in England
Figures obtained by Scottish Labour suggests the number of people being readmitted to hospital following a recent discharge has increased. The response to a freedom of information request submitted by the opposition party shows there were 104,359 emergency readmissions in Scotland in read more…
Tuesday 6/8/2019
Social prescribing should be ‘first line of defence’
Exercise can act as a ‘vaccination programme’ for ill-health according to a submission to Health & Sport Committee inquiry
Social prescribing of physical activity should not be seen as a ‘quirky’ new project but the ‘first line of defence against health problems’, according to a physiotherapist. Derek Laidler, professional lead physiotherapist at Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care read more…
Monday 5/8/2019
New interim director for Fife Health & Social Care
Nicky Connor takes up role after director steps down for Scottish Government job
The interim director of health and social care for Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership has been announced as Nicky Connor. Ms Connor, who has over 20 years’ experience as a nurse, is currently the partnership’s associate director of nursing across Fife. She succeeds read more…
Monday 5/8/2019
Gym ban on energy drinks to children
Publicly-funded leisure centres will no longer sell soft drinks with high caffeine to under-16s
All publicly-funded sports centres across Scotland have banned the sale of energy drinks to children aged under 16. The restriction, which applies to soft drinks with an added caffeine content of more than 150mg per litre, has been introduced in 1,300 facilities. The measure has been implemented read more…
Monday 5/8/2019
Carers being penalised for benefits mistakes
Committee of MPs warn confusing and outdated system leading to heavy penalties for honest errors
Carers are being ‘disproportionately heavily penalised’ over honest mistakes in claiming benefits, MPs have warned. A report from the Work and Pensions Select Committee has highlighted concerns carers are being ‘punished’ by the UK Government’s own administrative read more…
Friday 2/8/2019
Plan to ‘future-proof’ Dr Gray’s Hospital
Transformation board set up to examine how services can be sustained in face of challenges over staffing issues
A team of experts has been set up with the aim of making Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin the ‘benchmark for smaller hospitals’. The transformation board, which include doctor, nurse, patient and ambulance representatives, will look at how to ‘future-proof’ services at read more…
Friday 2/8/2019
Group to address NHS bullying meets for first time
New measures to improve behaviour discussed as Government seeks to implement Sturrock recommendations
NHS boards, trade unions, royal colleges and regulatory bodies have come together for the first meeting of a short-life working group aiming to improve behaviour and workforce practices within the NHS. Chaired by Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman, the advisory group is read more…
Thursday 1/8/2019
New chair for NHS National Services Scotland
Keith Redpath takes up role with health & social care integration identified as key focus for service
The new chair of NHS National Services Scotland has taken up his role – Keith Redpath has spent a total of 42 years working in both local government and the NHS in Scotland. Formerly chief officer of West Dunbartonshire Integrated Joint Board, Mr Redpath has also been chair of the National read more…
Thursday 1/8/2019
Success of alcohol MUP introduction
First study of minimum unit pricing policy finds it has been well implemented, despite concerns over short time to prepare
Scotland’s retailers have largely complied with the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol policy, a new study has found. The first assessment of the policy, which came into force in May 2018, concludes it has been well implemented. The study, published by NHS Health Scotland, read more…
Thursday 1/8/2019
Scotland’s capital global hotspot for IBD
Number of inflammatory bowel disease sufferers expected to rise over the next ten years
One in 125 people in Scotland’s capital city suffer from inflammatory bowel disease – one of the highest known rates in the world – and researchers are expecting that number to rise over the next ten years. The number of people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis read more…
Thursday 1/8/2019
Hygiene action plan for Borders community hospitals
Inspectors say state of hospital buildings needs monitored to allow good performance in infection control to continue
Staff working in community hospitals in the Borders have been praised for good compliance with infection control standards. Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published its report on Hawick Community Hospital, Hay Lodge Community Hospital, Kelso Community Hospital, and Knoll Community Hospital, read more…
Thursday 1/8/2019
Disabled people facing ‘considerable’ barriers
Nearly a third of adult population is disabled but new report highlights struggle to participate fully in Scottish society
Disabled people face barriers in fully participating in Scottish society in a ‘considerable number’ of areas, according to a new report. Analysis carried out by the Scottish Government highlights data showing a higher prevalence of poverty, lower rates of employment and reduced mental read more…
Wednesday 31/7/2019
Dumfries & Galloway hospital standards praised
Health board commended for infection control standards & takes action to continue improvements following inspections
Four community hospitals within the NHS Dumfries & Galloway area have been praised in a report on cleanliness and safety standards. Inspectors from Healthcare Improvement Scotland carried out visits to four sites – Annan Hospital, Moffat Hospital, Thomas Hope Hospital, and Thornhill read more…
Wednesday 31/7/2019
Plan to eliminate Hepatitis C in Scotland by 2024
Treatment drive expected to achieve ‘effective elimination’ of virus six years ahead of WHO expectations
Plans to treat more people annually for hepatitis C will see Scotland effectively eliminate the condition six years ahead of the World Health Organisation’s expectations, the Scottish Government has said. Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick has committed to increase the number of people read more…
Wednesday 31/7/2019
Plans for new Monklands hospital review outlined
NHS Lanarkshire approves proposals on implementing independent review recommendations to identify new site
A fresh assessment of potential sites for University Hospital Monklands is being undertaken, which will ask the public for feedback on any proposed locations. NHS Lanarkshire faced opposition over its plans to move the hospital from Airdrie to Gartcosh, with concerns raised about the consultation read more…
Wednesday 31/7/2019
‘Fundamental’ review of breast screening announced
Ongoing health inequalities, increasing participation & advances in technology to be considered during year-long review of services
A comprehensive review of the Scottish breast screening programme is to take place, the Scottish Government has said. A ‘comprehensive appraisal of the current programme, current pressures and future options for delivery’ is to be carried out, including looking at advances in read more…
Wednesday 31/7/2019
Warning to travellers over malaria risk
New report shows small rise in cases of the disease diagnosed in Scotland last year
Travellers are being urged to be aware of the risk of malaria, with new figures showing a rise in cases being diagnosed in Scotland. A new report from Health Protection Scotland has found 52 imported cases of the disease were recorded in 2018, up by two from the previous year. Most cases were read more…
Tuesday 30/7/2019
Diabetes raises risk of stillbirth
Major study by University of Glasgow researchers finds no improvement in recent years
A major study of Scottish mothers has found women with diabetes are over four times more likely to have a stillborn baby. Mothers-to-be with the condition are particularly at risk if they have obesity or poorly controlled blood sugar levels. Researchers from the University of Glasgow examined read more…
Tuesday 30/7/2019
NHS Tayside consults on orthopaedic redesign
Board says proposed future-proofing will deliver 400 more operations a year
People across Tayside are being asked for their feedback on proposals to better manage planned and emergency bone surgery. NHS Tayside board members have backed proposals developed by orthopaedic clinicians alongside a mix of other staff and NHS Tayside’s public partners. Now a three month read more…
Monday 29/7/2019
New health model plan for island
Healthcare facility proposal after joint project by Community Council and Health and Social Care Partnership
A new healthcare facility providing everything from weight management clinics to ‘virtual’ appointments is being planned for a Shetland Islands community. Traditionally Bressay, which has a population of around 400, had a resident nurse who provided a first point of contact for read more…
Monday 29/7/2019
Challenge to in-sourcing policy
Care providers say Labour’s drive to take services in-house fails to account for work of charities
Care providers say Scottish Labour plans to see councils take services back in-house are a ‘blunt instrument’ which fails to take into account the work of charities. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has spoken of his wish to see local authorities take privately run out-sourced read more…
Monday 29/7/2019
Drive to detect undiagnosed HepatitisC
NHS Tayside marks World Hepatitis Day by renewing call for people to test for the virus
NHS Tayside’s blood borne virus team says too few people who could benefit from improved treatment for Hepatitis C are coming forward to be tested. To mark World Hepatitis Day today, six NHS boards are joining Hepatitis Scotland to launch a social media campaign #BeHepCFree to highlight how read more…
Sunday 28/7/2019
Physical Activity Prescriptions reaping benefits
Clydesdale GP practice reporting health improvements from South Lanarkshire initiative
Clinicians at a Carluke GP practice say a programme that offers the option of prescribing physical activity is leading to improvements in health and wellbeing of patients. The South Lanarkshire’s Physical Activity Prescription (PAP) initiative is aimed at people with physical health-related read more…
Friday 26/7/2019
Concern over assaults on NHS staff
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde highlights figures revealing scale of problem
More than 5,000 healthcare staff in Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been attacked or suffered verbal abuse in the past year. New figures revealing the scale of the problem have been released by the health board in an effort to help reduce and deter incidents. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) read more…
Friday 26/7/2019
Additional £32m to tackle NHS waiting times
Government says more than £100m being spent this year on waiting times
The Scottish Government is to spend an additional £32m to help tackle NHSScotland’s waiting times. The money, announced by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman during a visit to the Queen Margaret Hospital in NHS Fife, will help to support the Scottish Government’s Waiting Times read more…
Thursday 25/7/2019
New chair announced for NHS Borders
Karen Hamilton appointed to role after four months as interim chair
NHS Borders has announced the appointment of Karen Hamilton as its new chair. Ms Hamilton has been a non-executive director for six years and has spent the last four months in the role of interim chair. The former home carer and social worker said she had experience across various services which read more…
Thursday 25/7/2019
New trauma centre opened in Aberdeen
£1m base to respond to critically ill and injured patients officially opened by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman
A new centre to respond to adult trauma and emergency cases by road and air has been officially opened in Aberdeen. The £1.1m base is able to send helicopters, planes or fast response vehicles across the north of Scotland. Teams of consultants are on hand round-the-clock to provide advice read more…
Thursday 25/7/2019
NHS Highland offers flexible visiting hours
New policy part of national ‘person-centred’ strategy for all hospitals in Scotland
NHS Highland has rolled out a flexible open visiting hours policy across all its hospitals. The new Welcome/Failte initiative means patients will be able to ask visitors to come at a suitable time, rather than having set hours. It applies to all of NHS Highland’s hospitals, including in read more…
Thursday 25/7/2019
Campaigners call for routine insulin pump use
Scottish diabetes group says patients who’d benefit are not getting pumps and monitors on the NHS
A campaign organisation raising awareness of technology for people in Scotland with diabetes says everyone diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes should be offered access to a diabetes pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) immediately. The chair of IPAG, Mary Moody, says, despite making the read more…
Thursday 25/7/2019
Foster and adoption spaces fall
Care Inspectorate report highlights quality of services but concern over a lack of placements
The number of homes ready to foster or adopt children and young people has fallen in Scotland, new figures show. A report from the Care Inspectorate shows 280 households were approved for adoption in 2018, down from 317 in 2017. Foster carer households also decreased over the same time, with read more…
Wednesday 24/7/2019
Warning over heatwave health risks
Scots urged to check on older neighbours and family as temperatures soar
Scots are being encouraged to check on older neighbours, family and friends during this week’s scorching weather. The Met Office is predicting temperatures in Scotland will be as high as 28 degrees Celsius on Thursday, which could turn out to be the hottest day on record across the UK. Age read more…
Wednesday 24/7/2019
Funding boost for dementia music charity
Lottery grant will help community organisations promote personal playlists for dementia patients
A charity which uses music playlists to help dementia patients has been awarded £1.6m of lottery funding to help expand its work. Playlist for Life teaches families and carers how to create a personalised music soundtrack, which reflects a person’s life. The charity says care homes read more…
Wednesday 24/7/2019
Hep C diagnosis slowdown “highly concerning”
Scottish Government elimination goal off track
Detection rates for hepatitis C have fallen to their lowest level in decades despite estimates suggesting nearly 10,000 Scots are living with the condition undiagnosed. The Hepatitis C Trust says the slowdown is “highly concerning”. It’s calling on the Scottish Government to read more…
Tuesday 23/7/2019
Scots trying for baby urged to stay healthy
NHS Lanarkshire says alcohol should be avoided entirely
Health bosses are encouraging couples trying for a baby to watch their health. NHS Lanarkshire says staying healthy in the preconception phase boosts the chance of getting pregnant and a healthy baby. Eating well, avoiding drugs and not smoking are among the key messages being highlighted by the read more…
Tuesday 23/7/2019
Scotland’s Dementia Award finalists revealed
Recognition for innovative projects making a difference to people living with dementia
An alcohol-free pub, a woodland activity programme and a project using the power of music to improve patients’ wellbeing are among the finalists in Scotland’s Dementia Awards. The awards, now in their eighth year, recognise innovative and ambitious projects making a difference to read more…
Tuesday 23/7/2019
Beatson trial brings hope for cancer patients
High precision radiation therapy trial results potential ‘game-changer’ for cancer patients
A world-wide cancer trial involving the Beatson cancer centre in Glasgow is bringing hope to patients who would once have been considered incurable. Generally, when a patient has a cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, called metastatic cancer, they are considered incurable, but in read more…
Tuesday 23/7/2019
Recruitment challenges hampering cancer detection
Cancer Research UK calls for focus on early diagnosis in deprived communities
A charity is warning Scotland is still a long way from meeting early cancer diagnosis targets that are shown to improve survival rates. Cancer Research UK (CRUK) tells recruitment challenges in the health service are hampering efforts to boost early detection. Research shows read more…
Monday 22/7/2019
Online physio for patients with breathing problems
Remote video consultations to bolster services amid 25% increase in demand
The first virtual consultation clinic in Scotland for patients receiving respiratory physiotherapy has begun operating.   Remote video consultations mean people in north east Glasgow can now ‘attend’ appointments online rather than travel to attend hospital clinics. Accessing read more…
Monday 22/7/2019
Hospital palliative care network to be established
Second phase of project looks to get hospitals involved in establishing a Scottish palliative care network
Hospitals are being urged to take part in the second part of a project looking to improve palliative care in Scotland. A joint initiative between the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, NHS boards and Macmillan Cancer Support, building on the best is looking to address some of the read more…
Monday 22/7/2019
NHS on hunt for whistleblowing champions
Health Secretary encourages applications for “hugely worthwhile” role
The health service is on the hunt for whistleblowing champions to support staff speaking out about patient safety and workplace worries. Champions will have to actively encourage NHS workers to report any concerns about patient safety or malpractice they might have. A review into allegations of read more…
Monday 22/7/2019
‘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
Organ donation opt-out system by ‘autumn 2020’
Scots encouraged to let families know whether they want to donate
A new system of organ donation in which an adult is presumed to have consented to donating their organs after death unless they have indicated otherwise will come into force in autumn 2020. The Scottish Government says a public awareness campaign will run for at least a year before the new law read more…
Saturday 20/7/2019
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
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, 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 mums and dads don't know 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 parents of 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”, 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, 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 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 families is 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, 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, 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 – 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 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…