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Implementation of the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care

Implementation of the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care

The Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care sets out a vision for the next five years, outcomes, and ten commitments to support improvements in the delivery of palliative and end of life care across Scotland. This important work has already begun and a number of implementation actions are being progressed. Commitment 10 was to establish a national implementation advisory group. Members of this advisory group attended their first meeting on June 3, 2016.


The Scottish Government commits to working with stakeholders to:

  1. Support Healthcare Improvement Scotland in providing Health and Social Care Partnerships with expertise on testing and implementing improvements in the identification and care co-ordination of those who can benefit from palliative and end of life care.
  2. Provide strategic commissioning guidance on palliative and end of life care to Health and Social Care Partnerships.
  3. Support the development of a new palliative and end of life care educational framework.
  4. Support and promote the further development of holistic palliative care for the 0-25 years age group.
  5. Support the establishment of the Scottish Research Forum for Palliative and End of Life Care.
  6. Support greater public and personal discussion of bereavement, death, dying and care at the end of life, partly through commissioning work to facilitate this.
  7. Seek to ensure that future requirements of e-Health systems support the effective sharing of individual end of life/Anticipatory Care Planning conversations.
  8. Support clinical and health economic evaluations of palliative and end of life care models.
  9. Support improvements in the collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data and evidence relating to needs, provision, activity, indicators and outcomes in respect of palliative and end of life care.
  10. Establish a new National Implementation Support Group to support the implementation of improvement actions.

The national implementation advisory group is made up of representatives from selected stakeholder organisations, clinical and care professions, and specific leads for each of the other nine commitments.

Member Organisation Role/Representation
Current membership
Craig White Divisional clinical lead for healthcare and quality, Scottish Government Chair
Alan Baird Chief social work adviser, Scottish Government Social work
David Clark Director of interdisciplinary studies, University of Glasgow Palliative care research
Ron Culley Chief executive, Western Isles Integrated Joint Board Health and Social Care Partnerships
Amy Dalrymple Head of policy, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia, third sector
Colette Ferguson Director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Lead for commitment three, nursing, education, allied health professionals
Beth Hall Policy manager, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) Local authorities
Mark Hazelwood Chief executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) Representative organisation for palliative care in Scotland
Ann Holmes Associate chief nursing officer, Scottish Government Nursing
Jeremy Keen Consultant physician in palliative care, Highland Hospice CMO specialty advisor for palliative medicine, palliative care physicians
Paul Leak Policy lead for integrated resource framework, Scottish Government Lead for commitment nine, data
Kate Lennon Chief executive, St Vincent's Hospice Independent adult hospices
Alpana Mair Deputy chief pharmaceutical officer, Scottish Government Pharmacy
Donald Macaskill Chief executive, Scottish Care Social care and care homes, independent sector
Maria McGill Chief executive, Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) Lead for commitment four, children's hospices
Peter McLoughlin Strategic planning programme manager - Western General Hospital, NHS Lothian NHS boards
Marjory Marshall Health economist, Scottish Government Lead for commitment eight, health economics
Richard Meade Head of policy and public affairs Scotland, Marie Curie Voluntary sector, third sector
Anne Mills Chief executive, Ardgowan Hospice Lead for commitment six
Scott Murray Lead for primary palliative care research group, University of Edinburgh Lead for commitment five, palliative care research, GP palliative care
Christina Naismith Policy lead for strategic commissioning, Scottish Government Lead for commitment two
John Nugent Senior medical officer for primary care, Scottish Government Primary care
Eddie Turnbull Head of eHealth, Scottish Government Lead for commitment seven
Tim Warren Policy lead for palliative and end of life care, Scottish Government Pallaitive and end of life care policy
June Wylie Head of implmentation and improvement, Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) Lead for commitment one
Sally Shaw Service manager strategic inspection (Adults), Care Inspectorate Care homes
Phillip Gillespie Scottish Social Services Council Social care

The terms of reference for the national implementation advisory group are to provide advice to the Scottish Government about implementation of the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care.

We welcome feedback on the implementation – either directly via national implementation advisory group members or through the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC).

The SPPC can be contacted here.

Papers of the national implementation advisory group meetings will be published here after meetings in draft, and then final minutes after the following meeting. The papers are presented at meetings for discussion and may not reflect final policy decisions.


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If you would like to participate in the research forum established as part of commitment five please contact the co-chairs Scott Murray or Bridget Johnston