1. National Care Service Bill published

    New vision for the future of social care.

  2. Reshaping unscheduled care services

    More than £50 million to support new approach to reduce A&E waiting times.

  3. FIT testing for patients with colorectal symptoms: secondary care guidance

    Secondary care clinical guidance on the use of faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) for faecal haemoglobin (f-Hb) in addition to clinical acumen so that investigation of patients with colorectal symptoms can be targeted to those with the highest risk of colorectal.

  4. FIT testing for patients with colorectal symptoms: primary care guidance

    Primary care clinical guidance on the use of faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) for faecal haemoglobin (f-Hb) in addition to clinical acumen so that investigation of patients with colorectal symptoms can be targeted to those with the highest risk of colorectal.

  5. Modernising breast screening services

    Review of breast screening programme published.

  6. Mesh reimbursement fund opens in June

    Removal surgery costs to be repaid.

  7. Health and social care - data strategy: consultation - easy read

    We are gathering views on how data should be used and managed, across health and social care. These views will help shape the development of Scotland’s first data strategy for health and social care.

  8. Health and social care - data strategy: consultation

    We are gathering views on how data should be used and managed, across health and social care. These views will help shape the development of Scotland’s first data strategy for health and social care.

  9. Early medical abortion at home

    Minister confirms current arrangements will continue.

  10. Coronavirus (COVID-19) mental health transition and recovery plan - children and young people's mental health: CRWIA

    This children’s rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) addresses the commitments made in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): mental health - transition and recovery plan and encapsulates the work of multiple policy areas which address children and young people’s mental health.

  11. Unscheduled care - professional to professional decision support: guidance

    This best practice guidance will help effective clinical communication and support shared decision making, with the aim of accessing alternatives to hospital attendance or admission where appropriate and safe to do so.

  12. Carrick Glen hospital bought by NHS Ayrshire & Arran

    Facility to become new National Treatment Centre.

  13. Coronavirus (COVID-19) higher education, further education and community learning and development: wider harms

    This paper considers the indirect, wider harms of the pandemic on students, learners and staff within the Further Education, Higher Education and Community Learning and Development sectors from the perspective of stakeholders and drawing on the findings or relevant reports relating to these sectors.

  14. Healthcare professionals - supporting adults who present having experienced rape or sexual assault: clinical pathway

    The Adult Clinical Pathway provides information about the healthcare and Forensic Medical examination (FME) for victims of rape or sexual assault; the steps that should be followed by the clinician undertaking the examination; and the requirements for follow up care and ongoing support.

  15. Information Governance review: executive summary

    The Information Governance (IG) Review report, of which this is the executive summary, describes the current information governance (IG) landscape across health and care in Scotland, and make a series of evidenced-based recommendations for the improvement of Information Governance.

  16. Healthcare professionals - supporting children and young people who may have experienced child sexual abuse: clinical pathway

    The purpose of this guidance is to ensure a consistent approach to the provision of healthcare and forensic medical examination services for children and young people of either sex who may have experienced sexual abuse.

  17. 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.

  18. Coronavirus (COVID-19) supporting Gypsy/Travellers: framework for local authorities

    This framework, created jointly with COSLA, is for local authorities and partners supporting Gypsy/Traveller communities whilst Scotland transitions to living with COVID-19. This framework replaces all previous versions.

  19. Chair appointed to audiology review group

    Professor Jacqueline Taylor to take up role.

  20. Improving health and social care for older people in Scotland

    Views sought on Strategy for Older People.

  21. Anne's Law and Health and Social Care Standards consultations: analysis of the responses

    An analysis of the Scottish Government's public consultation on its proposals for introducing Anne's Law and for changes to the Health and Social Care Standards

  22. Anne's Law and the Health and Social Care Standards consultations: What did you tell us? - Easy Read

    An easy read summary of the Scottish Government's public consultation on its proposals for introducing Anne's Law and for changes to the Health and Social Care Standards

  23. Public backing for Anne’s Law

    Consultation finds ‘almost unanimous’ support for care home visit rights.

  24. “Unsung heroes” of COVID-19 response

    National volunteering hub oversees 7,000 shifts in first year

  25. Coming Home Implementation report

    Improving care for people with complex needs and learning disabilities.

  26. 15 million milestone reached for Coronavirus tests

    Scottish NHS hubs help bolster capacity.

  27. Scottish Household Survey – 2020 telephone survey

    Experimental Statistics: Data being developed.

  28. Keeping eye exams free on the NHS

    Increase in fees paid to optometry practices for free examinations.

  29. Mobile operating theatre for Orkney and Shetland

    £2.3 million to support elective procedures.

  30. Expansion to NHS 24

    New call centre to support non-emergency healthcare needs

  31. Increasing mental health support in GP practices

    Funding to reach £40 million a year.

  32. Help for NHS during most difficult winter

    Measures to support remote treatment.

  33. COVID vaccine for 12-15 year olds

    Bringing forward second dose for young people.

  34. Action to focus Test and Protect on those at highest risk

    Priority given to essential workers and those most at risk.

  35. Advice on visiting care homes and hospitals

    Visits to people in hospital and care homes to continue with additional measures of protection.

  36. Steps to accelerate booster programme

    Online portal extended and changes to flu delivery.

  37. New measures required to slow the spread of Coronavirus

    Additional measures to manage the increased risks of transmission associated with Omicron.

  38. COVID-19 cases caught early by LFD tests

    Evaluation of testing pathways published.

  39. Vaccine boosters available to over 30s

    Advance booking facility opened up to 30-39 year olds.

  40. Record £18 billion for health and social care

    Budget focus on pandemic recovery.

  41. Child health hearing services under review

    Steps taken and Board escalated to improve paediatric audiology services.

  42. Abortion (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 – proposed changes: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) considers the proposals for changes to the Abortion (Scotland) Regulations 1991 to enable notifications of abortions to be sent to the Chief Medical Officer electronically and to avoid personal data about patients being included in future notifications.

  43. Drug and alcohol services - improving holistic family support

    This paper seeks to provide a framework, in line with the national drug/alcohol strategy Rights, Respect and Recovery (RRR) and linked policy initiatives for the development of a consistent approach for families affected by substance use.

  44. Effective Cancer management: framework

    The framework for effective Cancer management is a guidance tool for Cancer Teams across NHS Scotland to improve and sustain performance of the National Cancer Standards.

  45. Transparent face masks introduced to NHS Scotland

    Help for people with communication needs.

  46. Patient rights and responsibilities: charter

    The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities (the ‘charter’) summarises what you are entitled to when you use NHS services and receive NHS care in Scotland, and what you can do if you feel that your rights have not been respected. We have produced an easy read version of this charter at

  47. New Plan for endoscopy and urology

    £70 million to ensure faster diagnosis.

  48. General Practice support over Winter and beyond

    £30 million will help support more face-to-face appointments.

  49. Contact tracing workforce safeguarded

    £33.1 million to retain over 500 posts.

  50. Adult support and protection - GP and primary care guidance: consultation analysis

    We consulted on the proposed updating of the Adult Support and Protection guidance for GP and Primary Care Teams between 15 July and 26 August 2021. This report provides further detail from the responses we received.

  51. Negative test becomes part of certification scheme

    Expanded testing needed to keep cases down.

  52. Expanding primary care

    £7 million to improve and grow the primary care estate.

  53. Hospitals roll out three-in-one winter virus tests

    £5 million investment to help ease patient congestion.

  54. Vaccine trials

    Move to resolve international travel problems through additional vaccinations.

  55. Veterans and Armed Forces community: Scottish Government support 2021

    This report highlights our continuing support for the Veterans and Armed Forces community in Scotland and provides an update on this year’s achievements and work undertaken to improve support and access to services for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.

  56. New guidance for A&E departments

    Delivering the right care in the right place for patients.

  57. More measures to improve A&E waiting times

    Further £10 million winter funding for NHS.

  58. Assessment of wellbeing - draft statutory guidance: consultation

    This consultation paper is for the public consultation on draft statutory guidance on assessment of wellbeing, as required in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

  59. Expanding Scotland’s medical workforce

    £32 million for 139 additional trainee doctors.

  60. Scotland’s Covid Certificates Accepted by the EU

    Scots must update certification status before travelling abroad.  

  61. Additional funding to tackle COVID-19

    £482 million for pandemic costs.

  62. Delivering the right care in the right setting

    £10 million to avoid hospital stays and prevent delayed discharge.

  63. Flu and COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

    Invitation letters for next eligible groups.

  64. NHS Scotland Academy

    £9 million to enhance health workforce.

  65. Increasing NHS capacity.

    Military to support busiest time of the year.

  66. Vaccine certification introduction confirmed

    Venues will not face legal enforcement in opening weeks.

  67. World class cancer care

    Five-year strategy for children and young people in Scotland.

  68. Records check for women excluded from cervical screening programme

    Women’s Health Minister Maree Todd updates Parliament on remedying screening system issues.

  69. Edinburgh Eye Pavilion

    Outline business case agreed.

  70. Vaccine certification plans approved by Scottish Parliament

    Scheme will come into effect on October 1.

  71. Long COVID Support Fund

    £10 million for NHS Boards.

  72. Hospital at Home

    £2.6 million further funding.

  73. Don’t leave the job half done

    Remaining under 40s urged to get their second dose.

  74. NHS Recovery Plan

    More than £1 billion to improve care and tackle backlog.

  75. Public health minister updates parliament on cervical screening

    Women inappropriately excluded from screening will be offered fast-tracked appointments

  76. Women's Health Plan

    Tackling inequalities and improving health.

  77. Women's health plan: easy read

    Easy read version of the women’s health plan.

  78. Women's health plan

    The Women’s Health Plan underpins actions to improve women’s health inequalities by raising awareness around women’s health, improving access to health care and reducing inequalities in health outcomes for girls and women, both for sex-specific conditions and in women’s general health.

  79. Two metre physical distancing will remain in health care

    Safeguard will remain under review as NHS remobilises.

  80. Prehabilitation for cancer patients

    £270,000 pilot scheme gives pre-treatment support.

  81. Expanding the NHS Golden Jubilee

    Health Secretary officially opens national ‘Eye Centre’ and announces £11.5m additional funding to cut waiting times.

  82. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - experiences of vulnerable children, young people, and parents: research

    This report presents findings from qualitative research conducted with a range of children, young people and parents in vulnerable or seldom heard groups, carried out to explore their lived experiences during and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  83. Self-isolation rules

    Application of exemption for critical staff.

  84. Supporting the NHS

    £12 million to health boards for emergency care.

  85. NHS Covid-19 funding increased

    £380 million to help Health Boards with pandemic costs.

  86. Improving cancer waiting times

    £10 million investment in cancer care.

  87. Action to address incorrect exclusions from cervical screening

    Women affected to be offered fast-tracked appointments.

  88. Surgical robots for NHS Scotland

    £20 million for advanced technology to treat cancer.

  89. NHS Scotland Assure

    New service for healthcare facilities.

  90. Three million people receive first vaccination

    Scotland’s roll-out reaches two thirds of the eligible population.

  91. Vaccines delivered to a third of Scotland’s eligible population

    One and a half million people have had their first dose.

  92. NHSScotland Confidential alert line: six month review (1 May 2020 - 31 October 2020)

    Six-month report on the operation of the NHSScotland Whistleblowing Alert and Advice Line.

  93. One million people vaccinated

    Milestone reached as programme continues to pick up pace.

  94. Vaccine programme exceeds expectations

    786,427 people have received first dose.

  95. Community testing to begin in Fife

    Next asymptomatic test site to open from Wednesday. 

  96. Vaccine programme moves to next stage

    Mass vaccination centres to open in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

  97. Independent hospitals to support elective care

    Additional capacity to ensure urgent treatment continues.

  98. Vaccines reach 113,459 people

    Roll-out continues across Scotland.

  99. Fire station testing trial

    Trial underway to increase test access in remote and rural areas.  

  100. Roll-out of Astrazeneca vaccine gets underway

    GPs in Dundee start administering first doses to over-80s.  

  101. Community testing to be introduced from January

    Targeted approach planned for high prevalence areas.

  102. Queen Elizabeth University Hospital/NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Oversight Board: interim report

    This interim report sets out the initial findings and recommendations developed to date through the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Oversight Board’s programme of work in response to the infection issues affecting the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children.

  103. Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Independent Review - report recommendations: Scottish Government response

    Scottish Government's response to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Independent Review Report, published on 15 June 2020.

  104. New app to support Covid vaccine rollout

    Vaccinators can use the tool in any healthcare setting.

  105. Hospital and care home visiting update

    Keeping residents and patients safe over Christmas and New Year period.

  106. Opening of specialist eye facility

    First of Scotland's National Elective Centres.

  107. NHS Ayrshire and Arran - redesign of urgent care - pathway finder programme: rapid external review

    The National roll out of the Redesign of Urgent Care was informed by a Rapid External Review of NHS Ayrshire & Arran Pathfinder site that went live on 3 November 2020. The review was chaired by Sir Lewis Ritchie and Commissioned by Interim Chief Executive NHS Scotland to monitor preliminary issues.

  108. Supporting children and young people who may have experienced child sexual abuse - clinical pathway: consultation analysis

    An analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft Clinical Pathway for healthcare professionals working to support children and young people who may have experienced child sexual abuse.

  109. Supporting adults who present having experienced rape or sexual assault - draft clinical pathway: consultation analysis

    An analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft clinical pathway for healthcare professionals working to support adults who present having experienced rape or sexual assault.

  110. Investment for cancer services.

    New Action Plan for the recovery and redesign of cancer care.

  111. Resilience in the face of Brexit

    Plans to protect patients and ensure flow of critical supplies.

  112. COVID-19 vaccines update

    Health and social care workers, older care home residents and the over 80s first to be vaccinated.

  113. Protecting patients with the greatest need

    New framework to help Health Boards prioritise Elective Care.

  114. Better outcomes for stroke patients

    Patients receiving thrombectomy procedures this year.

  115. Supporting emergency responders this winter

    Additional funding for more ambulances and staff.

  116. Respiratory care action plan draft: consultation report

    The analysis of the consultation responses for the draft Respiratory Care Action Plan for Scotland, which sets out our vision for driving improvement in the diagnosis, treatment and care for those living with respiratory conditions.

  117. PPE Action Plan

    Ensuring protection for those who need it.

  118. Face covering exemption cards launched

    Supporting everyone to feel safer.

  119. Preparing the NHS for winter during a pandemic

    Additional £37 million to support health and care services. 

  120. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - action plan

    Scotland’s COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan will help ensure that the right PPE of the right quality gets to the people who need it at the right time. The Plan’s scope includes health, social care and other workplaces and settings where COVID-19 could put people at risk.

  121. NHS Scotland - winter preparedness plan: 2020 to 2021

    The Winter Preparedness Plan sets out, at a high level, the broad context and priorities for the NHS in Scotland until March 2021.

  122. Healthcare innovation

    New technology to help NHS Boards meet demand.

  123. Organisational duty of candour procedure: first year review

    Evaluation of the first year of the organisational duty of candour procedure through analysis of the annual reports that were published by NHS territorial and special boards across Scotland.

  124. Health and well-being visits to care homes to resume

    Safe and phased return of visitors who improve quality of life.

  125. Increasing capacity and accessibility of testing

    First of 11 planned walk-through sites set up.

  126. Right Care, Right Place

    NHS Pharmacy First Scotland offers expert help in the community.

  127. Adapting NHS resources to respond to COVID-19

    More than 300 patients treated at NHS Louisa Jordan.

  128. Lanarkshire COVID-19 cluster

    Contacts of positive cases traced and asked to isolate for 14 days.

  129. National Mesh Removal Service

    Surgery for women experiencing complications.

  130. Endoscopy services to be restored

    Funding to reduce backlog.

  131. Getting the right care in the right place

    New campaign to help people get the healthcare they need.

  132. Breast Cancer Screening to resume

    Patients will receive letters to reschedule appointments.

  133. Visiting family and friends in hospital

    Phased reintroduction of visits.

  134. NHS Louisa Jordan to help health service recovery

    Hospital will support planned non-COVID healthcare and staff training.

  135. Resuming cervical screening

    Patients whose appointments were cancelled can now contact GP practice.

  136. Next steps for NHS to be discussed

    Expert advice to help plan future of services.

  137. Enhanced safety for health and social care staff

    Routine testing of workforce extended as more services resume.

  138. COVID-19 antibody testing

    Advice to health boards.

  139. Remobilisation of NHS Dental services

    Urgent care to be made widely available.

  140. Restarting more health services

    Careful resumption of paused services.

  141. Coronavirus (COVID-19): mobilisation of key clinical services

    Analysis based on mobilisation plans and other health board data, June 2020.

  142. QEUH Independent Review

    Cabinet Secretary responds to findings.

  143. Updated advice for people shielding

    Outdoor exercise can be taken from later this month.

  144. New health measures for travellers to Scotland

    Further safeguards from Monday to prevent new COVID-19 cases.

  145. £300,000 for young carers

    Carers Week launched with additional support.

  146. Smoking ban proposals

    Full analysis of consultation on smoking outside hospitals.

  147. Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design: the framework for NHS Scotland

    Sets out how health boards will safely and incrementally prioritise the resumption of some paused services, while maintaining COVID-19 capacity and resilience.

  148. Test and Protect rolled out nationally

    Everyone with symptoms urged to book a test.

  149. Support for women with mesh complications

    Fund set up to offer help with expenses.

  150. Expansion of COVID-19 testing

    Everyone over the age of five with symptoms eligible to be tested.

  151. Strengthened clinical oversight for care homes

    New arrangements to help care providers deal with pandemic pressures.

  152. Contact tracing technology piloted

    Three NHS health boards to pilot software.

  153. Care Home Support Powers

    New ‘safety net’ proposed for care sector due to COVID-19.

  154. Increase in PPE production

    Expansion of Scottish manufacturing of gowns.

  155. Testing expansion

    Target reached as capacity increases.

  156. New benefit for all health service staff

    Payment in event of death in service.

  157. Securing vital COVID-19 supplies for Scotland

    Offers of help from more than 1,600 businesses and individuals.

  158. Looking beyond lockdown

    First Minister opens discussion on “new normal”.

  159. Delivery of critical NHS supplies

    Flight brings vital equipment from China to Scotland.

  160. Protecting care home workers

    PPE to be delivered direct to more than one thousand locations.

  161. Patient rights and responsibilities charter: easy read version

    Easy read version of the revised charter of patient rights and responsibilities.

  162. Additional COVID-19 daily data published

    Further information will help inform on-going response to outbreak.

  163. Construction underway at NHS Louisa Jordan

    Over 500 staff working on site.

  164. NHS Louisa Jordan

    New medical facility in Glasgow named after First World War nurse.

  165. Pubs, cafes and more told to close

    Closure to apply immediately.

  166. Public encouraged to stay informed on coronavirus

    First Minister visits NHS 24 contact centre.

  167. Support for mesh victims

    Case note review to take place in spring.

  168. Coronavirus testing

    Scottish facilities deliver quicker results.

  169. Record investment in health and care

    Increased funding for frontline NHS boards.

  170. Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Update

    Experts to review cases of infection.

  171. Health inequalities statistics released

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  172. Strengthening NHS leadership

    Building capacity and increasing support.

  173. Move to regulate cosmetic procedures

    Proposals to legislate non-surgical services.

  174. Regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures: consultation

    We are seeking views on the regulation of non-medically trained providers of non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

  175. Supporting rural GPs

    Health Secretary accepts recommendations.

  176. Additional winter funding for NHS

    Further support for seasonal pressures.

  177. Health Boards - Annual Operational Plans: sign-off letters 2019-2020

    Letters issued by the Director-General for Health and Social Care relating to Annual Operational Plans (AOPs) received from all territorial and national NHS Health Boards for 2019-2020.

  178. NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards

    Performance data on the current Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standards - priorities set and agreed between the Scottish Government and NHS Boards to provide assurance on NHS Scotland performance. 

  179. Queen Elizabeth University Hospital update

    Further steps taken to increase public confidence.

  180. Attracting more people into frontline healthcare

    Rise in number of people training to be GPs.

  181. Healthcare waiting times: improvement plan

    Focuses on reducing the length of time people are waiting for key areas of healthcare.

  182. Organisational duty of candour: guidance

    This guidance focuses on the implementation of the legal duty of candour procedure for health, care or social work services.

  183. NHSScotland Local Delivery Plan Guidance 2015-16

    The LDP Guidance 2015-16 sets out the performance contract between the Scottish Government and NHS Boards.

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