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Health Board Elections and Alternative Pilots in NHS Scotland: Interim Evaluation Report

DescriptionThis is the interim evaluation report on the pilot projects for expanding public participation in NHS Board decision making. Four NHS Boards are in the pilot. Dumfries and Galloway and Fife Boards are piloting partially elected health boards; their elections were held and new members joined them in June 2010. Grampian and Lothian Boards are piloting alterative ways of broadening board recruitment and participation; their new members are joining them in late 2010.
ISBN978 178045 0216
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2011
Website Publication DateMarch 04, 2011

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Scott L. Greer, Peter Donnelly, Iain Wilson, Ellen Stewart, LSE Enterprise, London School of Economics, University of St Andrews

ISBN 978 1 78045 021 6 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 11292

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CONTENTS

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

2. BOARD ELECTIONS, ALTERNATIVE PILOTS AND COMPARISON BOARD
Legislation
Alternative pilots
Grampian
Lothian
Research on alternative pilots so far
Dumfries & Galloway and Fife Health Board elections
Tayside

3. WHO WERE THE CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION?
Methods
Candidate characteristics

4. TURNOUT IN THE ELECTIONS
Turnout and income
Fife
Dumfries and Galloway
Turnout and age

5. RESULTS FROM OUR SURVEY OF POTENTIAL VOTERS
Methods
Voters and non-voters
Fife
Dumfries and Galloway
Interest and information among voters
Fife
Dumfries and Galloway

6. SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

7. ELECTION ADMINISTRATION AND COSTS

8. Work In Progress
Election follow-up
Alternative appointment follow-up
Common to all pilots

Appendix 1: Statements By Elected Candidates

Appendix 2: Sample Survey: Voters

Appendix 3: Sample Survey: Candidates

Appendix 4: Sample Ballot Paper

List of Tables

Table 2.1: Timelines for pilots
Table 3.1: Age of responding candidates
Table 3.2: Residency of responding candidates
Table 3.3: Sex of responding candidates
Table 3.4: Ethnicity of responding candidates
Table 3.5: First language of responding candidates
Table 3.6: Disability of responding candidates
Table 3.7: Health of responding candidates
Table 3.8: Dependent children of responding candidates
Table 3.9: Carer status of responding candidates
Table 3.10: Qualifications of responding candidates
Table 4.1: Turnout by ward in Fife
Table 4.2: Turnout by postcode in Dumfries and Galloway
Table 5.1: Age and voting in Fife
Table 5.2: Reported turnout in General Election by age
Table 5.3: Sample age profile
Table 5.4: Reported turnout by age
Table 5.5: Reported General Election turnout by age
Table 5.6: Sample age profile
Table 5.7: Disability and voting in Dumfries and Galloway
Table 5.8: Respondents' sources of information
Table 6.1: Age of elected board members
Table 6.2: Self-reported state of health of elected board members
Table 6.3 Qualifications of elected board members
Table 6.4: Provisional Background

List of Figures

Figure 3.1: Distribution of candidates
Figure 4.1: Turnout by ward in Fife
Figure 4.2: Income deprivation and turnout in Fife
Figure 4.3: Turnout by Postcode in Dumfries and Galloway
Figure 4.4: Turnout and Multiple Deprivation in Dumfries and Galloway

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.