Publication - Consultation paper

Patient Safety Commissioner role for Scotland: consultation

Published: 5 Mar 2021

This paper seeks views on what the Patient Safety Commissioner role should look like; who it should report to; and how the role should interact with existing legislation and policies, as well as with the various organisations involved in providing and improving health and care services in Scotland.

Patient Safety Commissioner role for Scotland: consultation
Annex A: Summary of questions

Annex A: Summary of questions

Question 1: Do you agree that the Patient Safety Commissioner role should first focus on medicines and medical devices, as set out in the Cumberlege Review?  

Yes

No

Don't know

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Question 2: If the role were to expand in the future, which specific aspects of patient safety do you feel the Patient Safety Commissioner should focus on?

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Question 3: Do you believe that the Patient Safety Commissioner should be independent of the Scottish Government?

Yes

No

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Question 4: Do you believe that the Patient Safety Commissioner should be independent of the NHS?

Yes

No

Don't know

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Question 5: Who should the Patient Safety Commissioner be accountable to?

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Question 6: How much do you know about existing policies and organisations already in place (listed in table 1 on page 11) to support patients' voices to be heard within the healthcare system? 

Very aware (I have heard of all of them)

Quite aware (I have heard of most of them)

Not very aware (I have heard of a few of them)

Not aware at all (I have not heard of any of them)

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Question 7: In your view, despite the existing ways patients can make their voices heard (listed in table 1 on page 11), why do you think people still feel that this is not happening?

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Question 8: In your view, what should the main functions of the Patient Safety Commissioner be? 

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Question 9: What skills and expertise do you think the Patient Safety Commissioner needs to carry out their role?

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Question 10: What support do you think the Patient Safety Commissioner would need?

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Question 11: Do you think that the Patient Safety Commissioner role should be established in law?

Yes

No

Don't know

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Question 12: What are your views on how creating a Patient Safety Commissioner might affect the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sex? 

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Question 13: The Fairer Scotland Duty places a legal responsibility on certain public bodies in Scotland to actively consider how they can reduce inequalities caused mainly by people's financial situation.  What are your views on how having a Patient Safety Commissioner might affect this inequality?

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Question 14: If you live in an Island Community, what are your views on how having a Patient Safety Commissioner might affect access to safe, high‑quality public services where you live?

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Question 15: What are your views on how having a Patient Safety Commissioner might affect respecting, protecting and fulfilling the rights of children and young people as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

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Question 16: Do you have any further comments on the Patient Safety Commissioner role that you haven't covered in your responses to the previous questions?

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Contact

Email: ConsultationPSC@gov.scot