National Advisory Board for Rehabilitation


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The National Advisory Board for Rehabilitation was established in December 2020 to provide expert advice to Scottish Government, and support leadership in NHS Boards, Integration Authorities, Local government, Independent and Third Sector” in relation to the delivery of the “Framework for Supporting People through Recovery and Rehabilitation during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic (“the Framework”). 

Specifically, it will:

  • provide strategic direction to support delivery of the Framework
  • oversee the delivery of the priorities set out in the Framework 
  • co-ordinate and evaluate the implementation of the Framework, progress and outcomes
  • contribute towards wider policy areas that impact on rehabilitation to ensure that it has appropriate links with the wider rehabilitation community and in order to ensure that it provides the best possible advice
  • advise Scottish Government Health and Social Care and other Directorates as appropriate, to Scottish Ministers on issues relating to rehabilitation across Scotland

Framework for supporting people through Recovery and Rehabilitation during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic (August 2020)

In August 2020, we published the ‘Framework for supporting people through Recovery and Rehabilitation during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic’ which puts in place clear principles, priorities and objectives to support planning to meet increasing demand and to provide high quality person-centred rehabilitation in different settings. 

The overall vision being that everyone living with rehabilitation needs will be able to access the care, support and services they need to live well, on their own terms. 

This paper provides a strategic framework with overarching principles and high-level recommendations, which inform and shape the provision of rehabilitation and recovery services across Scotland.

This Framework is focused on adults 16 years and older. The specific needs of children and young people, and their families are being addressed separately within the Scottish Government. 


  • Carolyn McDonald, Chair, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Scottish Government
  • Marianne Hayward, Vice Chair, Head of Health and Social Care, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, and representative for HSCP Chief Officers Group
  • Bette Locke, Allied Health Professional Advisor in Rehabilitation, Scottish Government
  • Susan Wallace, Unit Head, Clinical Priorities Unit, Scottish Government
  • Bryony Murray, Senior Policy Manager, Clinical Priorities Unit, Scottish Government
  • Belinda Robertson, Head of Improvement Support, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Emma Stirling, Associate Director of Allied Health Professions, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and representative for AHP Directors Scotland Group
  • Professor Alex McMahon, Director for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, NHS Lothian and representative for Scottish Executive Nurse Directors (SEND)
  • Dr Angela Gall, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NHS Grampian and representative for the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Dr Tara Quasim, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia & Critical Care and Associate (Institute of Infection Immunity & Inflammation), University of Glasgow
  • Dr Malcolm Daniel, Quality Improvement Fellow, and medical lead for Quality Improvement and lead in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Lisa Powell, Policy Officer, COSLA, Greater Glasgow
  • Caroline Deane, Workforce Policy & Proactive Lead, ScottishCare
  • Sara Redmond, Programme Manager, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
  • Phil Mackie, Consultant in Public Health, Head of Public Health Scotland (PHS) Scottish Public Health Network Team and Interim Head of the PHS MERRR Team.
  • Dr Nadine Cossette, Liaison psychiatrist, NHS Lothian
  • Laurie Eyles, Professional Advisor, Framework for the Prevention, Early Detection and Early Intervention of Type 2 Diabetes, Scottish Government
  • Jan Beattie, Allied Health Professional Advisor, Primary Care, Scottish Government
  • Dr Michelle Watts, Senior Medical Adviser, Primary Care, Scottish Government
  • Dr Jacques Kerr, Senior Medical Officer, Unscheduled Care National Programme, Scottish Government
  • Dr Alastair Cook, Principal Medical Officer for Mental Health, Scottish Government
  • Melanie Weldon, Joint Unit Head & Lead on Health Inequalities, Covid Ready Society Division, Scottish Government
  • Jemma McGuffie, Secretariat, Policy Manager, Clinical Priorities Unit, Scottish Government
  • Leah Crawford, Secretariat, Policy Officer, Clinical Priorities Unit, Scottish Government




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