National Advisory Board for Rehabilitation minutes: April 2021

Minutes from the meeting of the group on 21 April 2021.

Attendees and apologies


  • Carolyn McDonald  (Chair) (CM), SG – Chief Nursing Officer’s Directorate
  • Marianne Hayward (Vice Chair) (MH)    Head of Health and Social Care, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, and representative for HSCP Chief Officers Group
  • Bette Locke (BL), SG – Chief Nursing Officer’s Directorate and Clinical Priorities Policy 
  • Susan Wallace (SW), SG – Clinical Priorities Policy
  • Bryony Murray (BM), SG – Clinical Priorities Policy
  • Belinda Robertson (BR), Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Dr Angela Gall (AG), British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine 
  • Lisa Powell (LP), Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) 
  • Dr Malcolm Daniel (MD), Quality Improvement Fellow, Medical Lead for Quality Improvement, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Sara Redmond (SR), Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland  (the ALLIANCE)
  • Dr Tara Quasim (TQ), Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Critical
  • Melanie Weldon (MW), SG – Health Inequalities Policy 
  • Laurie Eyles (LE), SG – Health Improvement Policy
  • Jan Beattie (JB), SG – Chief Nursing Officer and Primary Care Directorate
  • Supratim Mukherjee (SM), SG – Head of Communications and Engagement – Long COVID and Rehabilitation (attended as guest speaker)                 
  • Jacqui Neil (JN), Workforce lead, Scottish Care (attended on behalf of Caroline Deane)
  • Heather Cameron, Allied Health Professions Directors (Scotland) (attending on behalf of Emma Stirling) 
  • Jemma McGuffie (JM), SG – Clinical Priorities Policy, Joint Secretariat
  • Leah Crawford (LC), SG – Clinical Priorities Policy, Joint Secretariat


  • Dr Jacques Kerr (JK), Senior Medical Officer, Unscheduled Care National Programme, Scottish Government
  • Phil Mackie (PM), Public Health Scotland
  • Professor Alex McMahon (AM), Scottish Executive Nurse Directors
  • Caroline Deane (CD), Workforce lead, Scottish Care
  • Dr Alastair Cook (AC), Principal Medical Officer for Mental Health, Scottish Government
  • Dr Michelle Watts (MW), Senior Medical Adviser, Primary Care, Scottish Government
  • Emma Stirling (ES), Allied Health Professions Directors (Scotland) Group
  • Nafees Ahmad, SG - Clinical Fellow
  • Dr Nadine Cosette (NC), Liaison psychiatrist, NHS Lothian

Items and actions

Welcome, introductions and apologies - Carolyn McDonald

CM welcomed all members to the fourth meeting of the National Advisory Board for Rehabilitation.  

CM introduced MH as the Board’s Vice Chair.

Apologies were noted as above.      

Minutes of previous meeting - Carolyn McDonald

The Board confirmed that the minutes reflected an accurate record of the last meeting in March 2021. Ongoing actions will be covered as part of this agenda. 

Rehabilitation guide for care homes

JB updated the Board that the Clinical Model of Care in Care Homes in Scotland paper has been developed and sent to the Cabinet Secretary. JB is hoping to come back to the Board with an update outside of the pre-election period.    

Programme approach - Susan Wallace

SW updated the Board on Programme Management progress.

After working closely with NSS for project support, we have since decided to form an internal project team going forward. This team is made up of:

  • Bette Locke
  • Bryony Murray 
  • Jemma McGuffie
  • Leah Crawford

The project team are currently meeting weekly.

We also have our Programme Delivery Group, which is also meeting weekly to discuss any work that is underway. We will bring a governance structure paper to future NABR.

Self-assessment tool and addressing inequalities - Bryony Murray/Bette Locke

BL and BM extended their thanks to all who contributed within the Self-Assessment Tool subgroup.

BM outlined the purpose of Self-Assessment Tool. The tool will be sent out after pre-election period. 

The Board had a very productive and supportive discussion and we will progress with Self-Assessment Tool work as planned. 

MH suggested that the timeframe for returns for this is two weeks. BM advised we will take this feedback on board.

MW advised that she would be happy to support with the work on addressing inequalities where needed, and that a follow-up discussion on this may be useful.    

Update on communications approach for promoting delivery work of the recovery and rehabilitation framework - Supratim Mukherjee

SM outlined the proposed initiatives:

  • rehab framework – Taking Stock: Webinar to introduce tool to AHP directors and relevant stakeholders
  • rehabilitation News – quarterly newsletter
  • key message reckoner – highlighting key messages discussed at NABR meetings. Over and above minutes, targeted at attendees only 
  • social media – identify content opportunities e.g. snapshot of webinar, content around findings 

Summary and reflections (15 minutes) - Carolyn McDonald

TQ asked if the Board’s focus is on Rehabilitation in general or COVID Rehabilitation. BL advised that the Framework was initially published following the COVID outbreak however spreads much wider than this alone.

CM suggested a discussion on Long COVID at next month’s meeting.

MH suggested changing meeting length to 1 hour. 

TQ suggested changing the day of the Board meeting to accommodate those who cannot attend on a Wednesday.     

AOCB and next steps (5 minutes) - Carolyn McDonald

Next steps: 

Work to be done on the communications perspective. 

Long COVID discussion to be added to the agenda for next month’s NABR. 

Self-Assessment Tool update at next meeting.    

Date and time of next meeting – 26 May, 11-12.30 - Carolyn McDonald


  • consider changing future meeting date times as per suggestion from NABR member - for Project Team - in progress
  • arrange long COVID discussion ahead of next meeting - for Susan Wallace - completed
  • final one-to-one meetings to be set up with Board members - for Secretariat - in progress
  • work underway on stakeholder mapping, which will include identifying target audience/agenda planning - for Project Team - in progress
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