1. Dementia strategy: initial 2-year delivery plan - 2024 to 2026

    This delivery plan sets out how Scottish Government and COSLA will work with the voices of lived experience and delivery partners to begin to realise the vision for change set out in our new dementia strategy for Scotland: Everyone's Story

  2. Brain and central nervous system cancer: clinical quality performance indicators - engagement document

    Guidance to our consultation on brain and central nervous system cancer clinical quality performance indicators which is taking place in January and February 2024.

  3. National Care Service Forum 2023: report - easy read

    This easy read report contains findings and next steps from the National Care Service Forum 2023. The forum was held on 30 October 2023 at Glasgow Science Centre.

  4. Funeral directors: draft code of practice

    This draft code is now out of date. An updated version has been published.

  5. National Care Service: forum programme - easy read

    This is the easy-read programme for the National Care Service Forum 2023. The Forum was at Glasgow Science Centre on 30 October 2023.

  6. National Care Service: forum Zoom discussion guide - easy read

    Guide to group discussions for people attending the National Care Service Forum 2023 by Zoom. The Forum was held on 30 October 2023.

  7. National Care Service: forum discussion guide - easy read

    Guide to group discussions for people attending the National Care Service Forum 2023 in person. The Forum was at Glasgow Science Centre on 30 October 2023.

  8. Value based health and care: action plan

    Sets out the actions to support health and care colleagues practise Realistic Medicine and deliver value based health and care, by focusing on outcomes that matter to people, optimising use of health and care resources, and contributing to a more sustainable health and care system.

  9. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 - updated 2023

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  10. Views sought on water cremations

    Consultations launched on funeral sector.

  11. Management of burial grounds, application for burial, exhumation, private burial and restoration of lairs: regulation in Scotland

    A Scottish Government consultation on the management of burial grounds, application for burial, exhumation, private burial and restoration of lairs in Scotland. We are seeking views from the public and funeral sector to inform the next steps for burial regulation in Scotland.

  12. Funeral director licensing scheme for Scotland

    A Scottish Government consultation on the proposed licensing scheme for funeral directors in Scotland.

  13. Alkaline hydrolysis ('water cremation') regulation in Scotland

    A Scottish Government consultation on the regulation of alkaline hydrolysis (‘water cremation’) as a method of body disposal in Scotland.

  14. Statutory inspection of burial authorities, cremation authorities and funeral directors

    A Scottish Government consultation on the proposed statutory inspection of burial authorities, cremation authorities and funeral directors in Scotland.

  15. HM Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland: annual report 2022-2023

    Annual report to The Scottish Ministers, written by Professor Gordon Findlater, His Majesty's Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland, providing a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

  16. Inspectors of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors: interim annual report 2022-2023

    Annual report, written by Robert Swanson QPM, Senior Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors, and Professor Gordon Findlater, Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors, providing a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.

  17. Discovering meaning, purpose and hope through person centred wellbeing and spiritual care: framework

    The framework reflects the considerable developments resulting from the increased professionalism in spiritual care over the last twenty years. It firmly establishes the role of spiritual care as an integral part of health and social care provision.

  18. Time Space Compassion - supporting people who are having a suicidal crisis: guide - easy read

    Easy read version of the Time Space Compassion introductory guide to supporting people in suicidal crisis. It has been developed for use by people and services who regularly come into contact and support people in suicidal crisis.

  19. New dementia strategy for Scotland: Everyone's Story

    The new Dementia Strategy for Scotland is a 10-year vision for change. This strategy was developed in collaboration with people with lived experience and our wider partners. It is the culmination of eight months of engagement with people across Scotland, focussed on how we improve delivery

  20. New dementia strategy for Scotland: summary

    This summary of our New Dementia Strategy for Scotland (a 10-year vision for change) sets out the difference we want to make, prioritising how we improve delivery and impact, with a focus on enhancing community supports.

  21. Social Security - Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation: Scottish Government response - easy read

    Easy read version of the Scottish Government response to the Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation carried out between 28 February 2022 and 25 May 2022.

  22. Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities March 2023 report

    Annual update of the long-term monitoring of health inequalities headline indicators.

  23. The Carer's Assistance (Carer Support Payment) (Scotland) Draft Regulations 2023

    Where Scottish Ministers propose to make regulations under the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018, they must make proposals publicly available. This page contains draft Carer Support Payment (Scotland) 2023 regulations which were sent to the Scottish Commission on Social Security on 3 March 2023.

  24. Dementia strategy - national conversation: what people told us

    High-level summary of the collective written and oral evidence we received on our national conversation to information a new dementia strategy. It outlines the range of responses received, as well as the evidence-based rigour we brought to this analysis through using thematic analysis techniques.

  25. HM Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland: annual report 2021 to 2022

    Annual report, written by Professor Gordon Findlater, His Majesty's Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland, providing a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period April 2021 to March 2022.

  26. Cremation: statutory forms

    Statutory forms and related guidance to be used as a requirement of the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019 which came into force on 4 April 2019.

  27. Strokes: progressive stroke pathway

    The progressive stroke pathway, produced by the National Advisory Committee for Stroke (NACS), sets out a vision of what progressive stroke care in Scotland should comprise.

  28. Coronavirus (COVID-19): transfer of medical certificates of cause of death - guidance for doctors

    Guidance for medical practitioners on the electronic transfer of medical certificates of cause of death (MCCD) from health services to registrars and next of kin during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  29. Record your organ and tissue donation decision

    Six months since opt out system introduced.

  30. Steps to increase organ transplants

    Plan sets out key priorities.

  31. Organ and tissue donation: agreement between the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish Donation and Transplant Group

    This agreement updates the 2017 version by setting out the procedures to follow to seek consent from a Procurator Fiscal for deceased organ or tissue donation to proceed in cases where a death needs to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal service.

  32. Funeral Director - Code of Practice: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the consultation carried out between June and September 2019 on the proposed Funeral Director: Code of Practice.

  33. Organ and tissue donation law change

    Raising awareness of opt out system.

  34. Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations: analysis of consultation responses

    Analysis of responses to a consultation held on the proposed content of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations.

  35. Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019: guidance

    The Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019 provide a detailed framework for the provision of cremation services.

  36. Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations: consultation

    We are seeking views on medical procedures proposed to be specified as Type B pre-death procedures, alongside how they may be authorised and what conditions may be applied to them. Pre-death procedures are the medical procedures carried out to increase the likelihood of successful transplantation.

  37. Organ and tissue donation opt out system

    New law comes into effect next March.

  38. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): determination under paragraph 9(1) of part 2 of Schedule 14 (Cremations)

    Determination under para 9(1) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 suspending the duties in relation to handling ashes that are normally placed on funeral directors, cremation authorities and local authorities.

  39. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): determination under paragraph 8(1) of Schedule 14 (Cremations)

    Determination under para 8(1) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 relaxing arrangements around who can arrange a funeral.

  40. New process for reporting COVID-19 deaths

    New system in place.

  41. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): direction under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14

    Direction under Paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14 (Review of medical certificates of cause of death and cremations: Scotland) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7).

  42. Funeral Support Payment to be increased

    Extra help to pay for funerals.  

  43. Fewer deaths in winter 2018-19

    A National Statistics publication for Scotland.

  44. New funeral payment launches

    Scottish Government delivering sixth social security benefit.

  45. New funeral benefit to launch

    Improved financial support to help with bereavement costs

  46. Regulatory model including Progressive Licensing scheme for Funeral Directors: report to Scottish Ministers

    Report on the introduction of a regulatory model including Progressive Licensing scheme for Funeral Directors in Scotland.

  47. Planning your own funeral: guide

    Guide to planning your own funeral including help with costs.

  48. Opt-out system for donation gets go-ahead

    Human Tissue law passes Stage 3.

  49. Funeral costs: guidance

    Guidance on funeral costs published under Section 98 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.

  50. Funeral cost guidance published

    Recommendations to make clear cost information available.

  51. Infant cremation code of practice: third edition (2019)

    Key principles and minimum standards for all organisations conducting infant cremations in Scotland, as agreed by the National Committee on Burial and Cremation. This edition reflects the implementation of the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019.

  52. Organ and tissue donation changes

    Latest on proposed opt-out system.

  53. Organ donor support rising

    Scotland’s organ donor registrations reaches half the population.

  54. Changing organ and tissue donation

    Legislation for a soft opt out system introduced to Parliament.

  55. Child burial and cremation fees to end

    Agreement will remove financial burden from families

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