1. Preparing the NHS for Winter

    More than £600 million to support services.

  2. Health and social care: winter resilience overview 2022 to 2023

    Sets out the range of actions we are taking to support our health and social sector throughout the winter period.

  3. NHS Recovery Plan: annual progress update

    This publication provides an update on progress against the actions we are taking to address the backlog in care and meet ongoing healthcare needs for people across Scotland, as set out in the NHS Recovery Plan 2021-2026.

  4. National conversation to inform a new dementia strategy: discussion paper

    This is a discussion paper we developed to help people respond to our national conversation on the future of dementia policy in Scotland.

  5. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy and action plan: equalities impact assessment

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA)for Scotland's suicide prevention strategy and action plan.

  6. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy and action plan: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for Scotland's suicide prevention strategy and action plan.

  7. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032: easy read

    Easy read version of Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy - Creating Hope Together - 2022 to 2025.

  8. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention action plan 2022 to 2025: easy read

    Easy read version of Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan - Creating Hope Together - 2022-2025.

  9. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention action plan 2022 to 2025

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan covering the period from 2022 to 2025.

  10. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy covering the period from 2022 to 2032.

  11. Community testing - programme implementation: health board leads' experiences

    This qualitative study provides insights into health board leads’ experiences of the Community Testing Programme, with a focus on good practice examples, challenges and lessons learned.

  12. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2022

    Details how we will deliver our priorities over the lifetime of the National Islands Plan. It identifies the methods to monitor progress towards fulfilling the many commitments in the Plan and sets out timescales for delivery of our work.

  13. The Strategy for Our Veterans - taking the strategy forward in Scotland: refreshed action plan

    Refreshed action plan detailing how we intend to continue to take forward the Strategy for Our Veterans in Scotland.

  14. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: guidance for Adult Protection Committees

    Revised guidance to reflect the developments in policy, practice and legislation both in the overall context of adult support and protection and in day-to-day activity. It provides information and detail to support practical application of the 2007 Act for Adult Protection Committees.

  15. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: Code of Practice

    This revised Code of Practice aims to reflect the developments in policy, practice and legislation both in the overall context of adult support and protection and in day-to-day activity. It provides information and detail to support practical application of the 2007 Act.

  16. Primary care services - mental health and wellbeing: resources

    Resource developed to support staff working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in mental health and wellbeing in primary care service. It provides a directory of additional sources of help and support to help all staff.

  17. Women's Health Plan: implementation plan - year one

    This plan will assist the Women's Health Plan Implementation Programme Board to monitor progress with a particular focus on deliverables for year one, which are due to be achieved by September 2022.

  18. Urgent care services - Near Me in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's flow navigation centre: good practice example

    The redesign of urgent care programme in partnership with the National Technology Enabled Care Programme and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have developed this good practice example for the delivery of Near Me video consultations as part of urgent care services.

  19. Neurological care and support - framework for action 2020-2025: midpoint progress report

    The midpoint progress report marks the halfway point in the 5 year framework. It highlights key achievements, challenges and future priorities for improving neurology services as we continue to implement the framework.

  20. Suicide prevention strategy and action plan drafts: consultation

    Consultation on drafts of a new suicide prevention strategy and action plan for Scotland.

  21. Help with health costs: quick guide - July 2022

    A quick guide to help with health costs includes charges and optical voucher values July 2022.

  22. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation - easy read

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  23. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  24. Primary care improvement plans: summary of implementation progress - March 2022

    This publication provides a summary of the current progress towards implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Scottish Government, the SGPC, Integration Authorities and NHS Boards.

  25. Rehabilitation and recovery: a person-centred approach

    This paper presents the Once for Scotland approach to rehabilitation in a post-COVID era that is based on six principles of good rehabilitation. It aims to support individuals to live well with long-term conditions and ensure they can access rehabilitation that is personalised and outcome-focused.

  26. NHS healthcare standards: Board performance escalation framework

    NHS boards performance escalation framework announced on Thursday 9 June.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Hospital at Home

    £3.6 million to expand services.

  31. Health and Care Experience Survey 2021/22: National Results

    The Health and Care Experience Survey asks about people’s experiences of accessing and using their GP practice and Out of Hours services; aspects of care and support provided by local authorities and other organisations; and caring responsibilities and related support.

  32. Health and Care Experience Survey 2021/22 – Technical Report

    This report provides information on the technical aspects of the 2021/22 Health and Care Experience Survey, including development, implementation, analysis and reporting.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS): information

    This leaflet provides information on how to Self-refer to a Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS). It provides information on accessing healthcare through NHS Scotland for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS): easy read

    This leaflet provides information on how to self-refer to a Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS) in an easy read format. It provides information on accessing healthcare through NHS Scotland for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

  39. 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.

  40. Support for Ukrainians in Scotland

    Access to healthcare and social security benefits.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. Primary Care Health Inequalities Short-Life Working Group: report

    This report identifies recommendations to maximise primary care’s significant potential to tackle health inequalities and inequity across Scotland’s communities. The accompanying “Chance to Change Scotland” report also provides lived experience perspectives on the issues addressed in this report.

  44. Those with COVID-19 symptoms to contact their GP

    Return to pre-pandemic procedures.

  45. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation

    Consultation paper on a Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People.

  46. Apprenticeships key to supporting NHS

    Delivering quality workforce.

  47. Dental services for all

    Revised arrangements will reward dentists for seeing more NHS patients.

  48. National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021

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

  49. Coming Home Implementation: report from the Working Group on Complex Care and Delayed Discharge

    The report from the working group into Delayed Discharge and Complex Care which makes recommendations of actions to be taken at national and local levels to reduce the number of delayed discharges and out-of-area placements for people with learning disabilities and complex care needs.

  50. National Care Service: consultation analysis

    Analysis of stakeholders' responses to our consultation on a National Care Service.

  51. More funding to improve patient services

    £82.6m to help deal with winter pressures on GP practices.

  52. Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment: consultation

    Consultation seeking views on the lessons we should learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the proposed new strategic arrangements for pandemic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supply in Scotland.

  53. Keeping eye exams free on the NHS

    Increase in fees paid to optometry practices for free examinations.

  54. Primary care improvement plans - implementation: progress summary - March 2021

    This publication provides a summary of the current progress towards implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Scottish Government, the SGPC, Integration Authorities and NHS Boards.

  55. Primary care mental health models in Scotland

    This paper informed the Mental Health in Primary Care Short Life Working Group recommendations, providing examples and success factors, of various Mental Health models that are in place across Health Boards in Scotland.

  56. Short Life Working Group for Mental Health in Primary Care: report

    The Mental Health in Primary Care Short Life Working Group recommended the establishment of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services within areas served by a group of GP practices, providing assessment, advice and support for people who require a mental health or a wellbeing response.

  57. Increasing mental health support in GP practices

    Funding to reach £40 million a year.

  58. Prevention of homelessness duties: consultation

    Joint Scottish Government and COSLA consultation on the proposals for new prevention of homelessness duties. This consultation creates an opportunity for individuals and organisations to have their say on changes to the homelessness system in Scotland.

  59. Rehabilitation framework self-assessment tool: analysis of responses

    Findings from a self-assessment survey as part of the implementation of the framework for supporting people through recovery and rehabilitation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, completed by rehabilitation services across health and social care in spring 2021.

  60. Right Care Right Place: guidance

    This time of year puts more pressure on our health and social care services, but we can all help by getting the care we need in the right place. This guide helps explain which NHS service to use for different health concerns, and how to look after your health and the people you care for.

  61. General Practice support over Winter and beyond

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

  62. 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.

  63. Equally Safe - forensic medical services: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to our consultation on the retention period for evidence collected in the course of self-referral forensic medical services.

  64. Supporting women’s health

    Temporary contraception available from pharmacies.

  65. Expanding primary care

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

  66. Coronavirus (COVID-19) digital health and care response: 2021 update

    Report providing an update on the scale-up and adoption of digital health and care solutions in Scotland, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  67. NHS Scotland climate emergency and sustainability strategy 2022 to 2026 - draft: consultation

    The Scottish Government and NHS Assure have developed a draft Climate Emergency and Sustainability Strategy 2022 to 2026 for NHS Scotland. The consultation period has been extended until 10 March 2022. Comments should be returned on the template in the supporting documents by email.

  68. Pharmacies ensuring swift patient care

    More than 2 million consultations with NHS Pharmacy First.

  69. 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.

  70. Digital health and care strategy

    Refreshed strategy which sets out how we will work together to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland by making best use of digital technologies in the design and delivery of services, in a way, place and time that works best for them.

  71. Health and social care: winter overview 2021 to 2022

    Outlines the range of actions we are taking to support our health and social sector care throughout the winter period.

  72. Eyes.Scot website: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Eyes.Scot website, Scotland's new national website for eye care and eye health information.

  73. Children and young people - national neurodevelopmental specification: principles and standards of care

    Seven standards for services to support children and young people who have neurodevelopmental profiles with support needs and require more support than currently available.

  74. National guidance for child protection committees undertaking learning reviews

    Guidance to support child protection committees to reflect, learn and improve child protection systems and practice when a child or young person dies, is significantly harmed, or was at risk of death or significant harm or where effective practice has prevented harm or risk of harm.

  75. National guidance for child protection 2021: consultation report

    This report shows the results of the public consultation on the revised national guidance for child protection in Scotland, and our response to the results.

  76. A National Care Service for Scotland consultation: easy read

    An easy read version of the National Care Service consultation paper.

  77. Scotland Welcome Pack for British Nationals (Overseas) from Hong Kong

    A guide for adults and dependants who have been granted leave on the new British National (Overseas) visa to access public services and make the most of the opportunities in Scotland.

  78. NHS recovery plan

    The NHS recovery plan sets out key ambitions and actions to be developed and delivered now and over the next 5 years in order to address the backlog in care and meet ongoing healthcare needs for people across Scotland.

  79. Removal of NHS dental charges for all young people

    £7.5 million to support dental sector.

  80. Help with health costs (HCS1): information booklet - August 2021

    Information booklet (HCS1) providing advice on what help a person may be entitled to for NHS charges.

  81. Women's health plan: easy read

    Easy read version of the women’s health plan.

  82. 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.

  83. Free NHS dental care for 18 to 25 year olds: Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment summary for free at the point of use NHS dental care for 18 to 25 year olds inclusive.

  84. Free NHS dental care for 18-25 year olds: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for free at the point of use NHS dental care for 18 to 25 year olds inclusive.

  85. Free NHS dental care for 18-25 year olds: equality impact assessment

    Current equality impact assessment (EQIA) results for free at the point of use NHS dental care for 18 to 25 year olds inclusive.

  86. Emergency response to drug overdose

    Ambulance clinicians issue life-saving kits.

  87. 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.

  88. Free NHS dental care for young people

    600,000 people to benefit from extension of free care.

  89. Remobilising NHS dentists

    £5 million to help meet safety standards and see more patients.

  90. Redesign Urgent Care: paediatric pathway to flow navigation centres - review

    The Redesign of Urgent Care programme seeks to promote significant transformational change in how urgent care can be delivered for the people of Scotland. A multidisciplinary short life working group was convened to consider the implications of including individuals aged 12 in this new pathway.

  91. Redesign of urgent care: equality impact assessment

    Impact assessment (EQIA) for the redesign of urgent care to ensure patient safety during the winter period while the NHS continued to respond to the pandemic.

  92. Advanced nursing practice - transforming nursing roles: phase two

    Follow-up paper to the Transforming Roles paper on Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) published in December 2017.

  93. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Near Me video consulting service: evaluation 2020 - main report

    This report presents the findings of an external evaluation of the rapid scaling-up of the Near Me video consultation service across health and care services in Scotland during 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  94. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Near Me video consulting service: evaluation 2020 - summary report

    Summary findings of an external evaluation of the rapid scaling-up of the Near Me video consultation service across health and care services in Scotland during 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  95. The NHS Medicines: Care and Review service at your local pharmacy

    The NHS Medicines: Care and Review is an NHS service in community pharmacies to provide support to people who have a long-term condition and help get the best from their medicines.

  96. 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.

  97. Coronavirus (COVID-19): phased resumption of eye care services - EQIA

    This equalities impact assessment (EQIA) describes the phased resumption of services since 29 June 2020 and any impact on protected characteristics groups.

  98. Early medical abortion at home

    Consultation on future arrangements.

  99. Support for video appointments

    Digital consultations helping people get the right care in the right place.

  100. Community optometrists to support eye care services

    Help for those with sight-threatening conditions.

  101. Expansion of services in NHS dental practices

    Procedures to be re-introduced.

  102. Right Care, Right Place

    NHS Pharmacy First Scotland offers expert help in the community.

  103. Getting the right care in the right place

    New campaign to help people get the healthcare they need.

  104. Remobilisation of NHS Dental services

    Urgent care to be made widely available.

  105. Uptake in those with urgent health concerns using NHS

    Research shows Scots now more likely to go to hospital or GP with non COVID-19 symptoms.

  106. Coronavirus (COVID-19): model salaried GP contract

    Model offer letter and terms and conditions for a salaried general practitioner employed by an NHS Scotland health board or special health board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  107. Emergency eye care provision

    New centres to reduce the need to attend hospital.

  108. Urgent medical help still available

    New campaign urges people to contact a doctor.

  109. Transport community to help COVID-19 efforts

    Plans to help people attend medical appointments. 

  110. GP practices and pharmacies open for Easter

    Extended opening hours to ensure services available.

  111. Funding for community pharmacies

    £5.5m to ease coronavirus pressures.

  112. Support for GP practices

    Extra help with coronavirus pressures.

  113. Enhanced role for community pharmacists

    Pharmacists empowered to help more patients during COVID-19 outbreak.

  114. Coronavirus (COVID-19) – update following resilience meetings

    Update on position in Scotland following first positive case.

  115. Testing arrangements expanded for coronavirus

    ‘Drive through’ testing introduced for NHS Lothian.

  116. Preparations for coronavirus stepped up

    Scotland prepared for coronavirus outbreak.

  117. Coronavirus travel advice updated

    New guidance for travellers returning from overseas.

  118. Coronavirus becomes notifiable disease in Scotland

    Public Health regulations updated.

  119. Novel coronavirus testing

    Two Scottish facilities established.

  120. Supporting rural GPs

    Health Secretary accepts recommendations.

  121. Attracting more people into frontline healthcare

    Rise in number of people training to be GPs.

  122. Undergraduate medical education: recommendations

    A series of recommendations to increase undergraduate medical education in Scotland by enabling more general practice based teaching in primary care.

  123. Growing the next generation of GPs

    New investment for training medical students.

  124. Funding for improvements to GP practices

    £9.34 million to upgrade premises and IT systems.

  125. Update on flu programme

    Efforts to minimise any delays to children’s flu vaccination.

  126. More posts for trainee doctors

    Funding for Foundation Training.

  127. Improvements in child dental health

    Reduction in fillings and teeth extraction.

  128. Improving Access to Healthcare

    Information cards provide support for new patients.

  129. Health Secretary welcomes cystic fibrosis drug pricing agreement

    Scottish Government discussions secure medicines for NHS Scotland.

  130. GP contract and remote and rural general practice: shared principles and approach

    Joint statement from the SG and the BMA to reflect concerns raised at the rural group meeting in June 2019.

  131. Primary care monitoring and evaluation strategy: work plan 2019-2020

    First annual work plan for delivering our ten year national monitoring and evaluation strategy for primary care.

  132. Rise in medical trainee recruitment

    Fill rates are up 4% on last year.

  133. Protecting frontline health services

    Scottish Government to meet cost of NHS employer pension changes.

  134. Home blood pressure monitoring

    Investment in new technology.

  135. GP partner minimum earnings expectation 2019: guidance

    Guidance and application form for the GP partner minimum earning expectation.

  136. Expansion of free personal care

  137. Primary care: national monitoring and evaluation strategy

    Our approach to Scotland's national monitoring and evaluation of primary care reform up to 2028.

  138. Apply for the Oral Health Community Challenge Fund - now closed

    Information for third sector organisations on how to apply for funding to run oral health projects in deprived areas.

  139. £50m support for GP practices

    Help to make general practice more attractive. 

  140. Oral health improvement plan

    This document sets out the future of oral health improvement and NHS dental services in Scotland.

  141. GMS contract: 2018

    This document is intended primarily to provide an accessible explanation to Scotland’s GPs of the changes we propose to effect in regulations.

  142. National Code of Practice for GP premises

    This Code of Practice sets out the Scottish Government’s plan to facilitate the shift to a model which does not entail GPs providing their practice premises.

  143. Delivering the new GMS contract in Scotland: memorandum of understanding

    Statement of intent and memorandum of understanding between Scottish Government, British Medical Association, Integration Authorities and NHS Board.

  144. Community eyecare services: review

    Report on how eyecare services are currently delivered, with recommended actions which will lead to improvements to meet patients' needs.

  145. Improving Together: A National Framework for Quality and GP Clusters in Scotland

    Complements the development of the Scottish national GP contract.

  146. Main Report of the National Review of Primary Care Out of Hours Services

    The Main Report of the National Review of Primary Care Out of Hours Services setting out the approach, detailed findings and rationale for the recommendations proposed together with a range of supporting documentation provided in annexes.

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