Mobilisation Recovery Group


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The Mobilisation Recovery Group is an advisory group established under Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design, The Framework for NHS Scotland.  The Group will generate key expert, stakeholder and system-wide input into decisions on resuming and supporting service provision, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Group will:

  • bring together stakeholders and decision makers to ensure that the delivery of health and social care services maintains a strong focus on quality, equity and person-centred care, within the necessary constraints of the COVID-19 response
  • provide insight and advice in ensuring the safe and incremental resumption of paused services, whilst safeguarding resilience in health and social care and ensuring that the positive transformation that has taken place can be sustained into the future
  • provide insight and advice on key interdependencies, risk factors and opportunities, and how these can be mitigated/addressed
  • consider how we can collectively continue to offer enhanced and active support to ensure staff wellbeing and safety
  • assist initial thinking on longer term reform, feeding in to the wider Renew programme as appropriate and
  • be a forum for frank and open discussion, whilst maintaining a clear focus on securing resilience and recovery


The MRG will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport with attendance from the Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing.

Other attendees are,

External Partners

  • Cllr. Stuart Currie, Health and Social Care Spokesperson, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA); supported by Sally Loudon/Nicola Dickie

  • Sir Lewis Ritchie, Mackenzie Professor of General Practice

  • Theresa Fyffe, Director, Royal College of Nursing (Scotland)
  • Dr Graeme Eunson, Chairman of Scottish Consultant Committee, British Medical Association Scotland
  • Dr David Shackles, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland)
  • John Thomson, Vice President, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Scotland
  • Mr Miles Mack, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland
  • Sandra Campbell, Convenor, Scottish Social Services Council
  • Joanna MacDonald, Chair, Adult Social Care Standing Committee
  • George Crooks, Chief Executive,  Digital Health and Care Institute
  • James O’Connell, Unite, National Staff Side representative
  • Linda Walker, GMB, National Staff Side representative
  • Claire Ronald,  Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, National Staff Side representative
  • Kate McDermott, UNISON National Staff Side representative
  • Andrea Wilson, Convener, Allied Health Professions Federation Scotland (AHPFS)

 Service Delivery

  • David Garbutt, NHS Board Chairs Group representative

  • Pauline Howie, NHS National Boards

  • John Burns, NHS Board Chief Executive’s representatives
  • Peter Murray, Chair IJB, Chairs and Vice Chairs Group
  • Cllr Kieron Green, Vice Chair, IJB Chairs & Vice Chairs Group
  • Eddie Fraser, Chief Officers Group representative
  • Cleland Sneddon, Chief Executive, SOLACE Health and Social Care representative
  • Annie Gunner Logan, Coalition of Care and Support Providers
  • Andrew Buist, Chair, British Medical Association GP Committee (Scotland)
  • Harry McQuillan, Chair, Community Pharmacy (Scotland)
  • David Quigley, Chair, Optometry Scotland
  • Philip Grigor, Scotland Director, British Dental Association
  • Donald MacAskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care
  • Angela Leitch, Chief Executive, Public Health Scotland


  • Peter Macleod, Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

  • Carole Wilkinson, Chair, Health Improvement (Scotland)

Service Users

  • Ian Welsh, Chief Executive, The ALLIANCE

Scottish Government Core team

  • John Connaghan, Chief Operating Officer
  • Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General of Health and Social Care
  • Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director
  • Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Dave Caesar, Interim Deputy Chief Medical Officer
  • Aidan Grisewood, Interim Director, Primary Care
  • Richard Foggo, Director of Covid Population Health
  • Christine McLaughlin, Director of Health Planning and Testing
  • Donna Bell, Director Mental Health and Social Care
  • Head of Health and Social Care Analytics
  • Iona Colvin, Chief Social Work Adviser
  • Carolyn McDonald, Chief Allied Health Professions Office
  • Andrew Fleming, (Secretariat and Programme Management)
  • Alison Strath, Interim Chief Pharmaceutical Officer
  • Other input as agenda items require

People at the Centre

The ALLIANCE was commissioned to undertake community engagement work, titled ‘People at the Centre’ and delivered in partnership with Healthcare Improvement Scotland - Community Engagement, to ensure that the diverse experience and broad range of perspectives from patients and carers are fed into the work of the MRG and its members.  During the People at the Centre programme, short papers and updates were regularly prepared and submitted to the MRG. A final report summarising the overall findings was published by The ALLIANCE on 18 February 2021. 

Complementing this, Healthcare Improvement Scotland - Community Engagement surveyed their Citizens’ Panel for health and social care on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and priorities for the future. A report on the outcomes of this survey was published on 3 March 2021.

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