Health and Justice Collaboration Improvement Board minutes: September 2018

Minutes from Health and Justice Collaboration Improvement Board meeting, held on 11 September 2018.

Attendees and apologies


  • Paul Johnston (chair), Scottish Government
  • Paul Gray, Scottish Government
  • Gillian MacDonald, Police Scotland
  • Iain Bushell, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Pauline Howie, Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Daniel Rankin, Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Colin McConnell, Scottish Prison Service
  • Karyn McCluskey, Community Justice Scotland
  • Sandra McDougall, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • David Williams, Glasgow City HSC Partnership
  • Joyce White, East Renfrewshire IJB, representing SOLACE
  • Andrew Scott, Scottish Government
  • Neil Rennick, Scottish Government
  • Daniel Kleinberg, Scottish Government
  • Grant Archibald, GGC
  • Cathie Cowan, NHS Forth Valley
  • Sally Loudon, COSLA

For agenda item 3

  • Pete Whitehouse, Scottish Government

Supporting officials

  • Orlando Heijmer-Mason
  • Emma Murphy


  • David Harvie, COPFS
  • Shiona Strachan, Chief Officer, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Angiolina Foster, NHS 24

Items and actions

1. Welcome, introductions, apologies

Paul Johnson welcomed attendees to the meeting and noted the apologies above. Angiolina Foster from NHS 24 has been asked to join the Board, but was unable to attend on this occasion.

2. Minutes of last meeting

The minutes were agreed to be a faithful record of the meeting on 26 June 2018 and actions from the previous meeting will be update on at agenda item 5.

3. Key themes leadership event

Paul Johnston thanked those of the Board who had attended the informal leadership event at Tulliallan on 23 August and informed those that were unable to attend that this was a very valuable session and shared both his own personal reflections of the day.  

A roundtable discussion encouraged others who attended the event to share their reflections, and a key theme that emerged was the requirement to support each other both as individuals and as organisations. It was agreed that the informal session generated a passionate, energetic and honest discussion about the barriers that the Board have faced since it formed in September 2017 and it would be worthwhile holding another event in the near future. 

(Action point: Secretariat)

The Board also discussed work that had already been carried out following their encouragement towards collaborative working between health and justice. The group heard about recent work from Police Scotland and NHS24 who have been working together to reduce waiting times for those in distress in the community. 

It was recognised that Community Planning Partnerships (CPP’s) may already be implementing, at a local level, some of the collaborative working that we would like to enforce nationally and it would be beneficial to include them in the Board’s work. This would be investigated and raised at the next meeting.

(Action point: Secretariat)

4. Programme for Government (PfG)

The Chair invited Pete Whitehouse and Andrew Scott to update the Board on Action 15 of the Mental Health Strategy and PFG commitment.

Pete Whitehouse presented on how the Scottish Government are progressing with Action 15 implementation. Integrated Joint Boards were asked to develop local plans articulating how they would use funds associated with Action 15. Most of these plans have been received and a summary presented to the Board. Pete Whitehouse informed the Board that more detailed plans have been requested and the Board would be updated on these when they are received. 

After discussion, the Board wished to review the criteria that proposals are being tested against. The Board also agreed it would be beneficial for the plans to be shared between partners.

(Action: Pete Whitehouse/Andrew Scott)

5. Moving towards prevention

Orlando Heijmer-Mason presented an update to the Board on the progress against the three initial aims of the group.

The Board felt positive about the work that had been taken forward and found this encouraging. The Board reflected on the options around shifting the debate more strongly towards prevention.  

6. AOB and next meeting

There was no other business.

The next meeting is scheduled for 19 December 2018.




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