National Advisory Board for Rehabilitation minutes: October 2021

Minutes for the meeting of the group on 27 October 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
  • Belinda Robertson (BR), Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Dr Malcolm Daniel (MD), Quality Improvement Fellow, Medical Lead for Quality Improvement, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Dr Angela Gall (AG), British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Dr Jacques Kerr (JK), Senior Medical Officer, Unscheduled Care National Programme, Scottish Government
  • Professor Alex McMahon (AM), Scottish Executive Nurse Directors
  • Sara Redmond (SR), Programme Manager, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
  • Dr Tara Quasim (TQ), Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Critical
  • Laurie Eyles (LE), SG – Health Improvement Policy
  • Caroline Deane (CD), Workforce lead, Scottish Care
  • Phil Mackie (PM),  Public Health Scotland
  • Dr Nadine Cosette (NC),  Liaison psychiatrist, NHS Lothian
  • Emma Stirling (ES), Allied Health Professions Directors (Scotland)
  • Susan Wallace (SW), SG – Clinical Priorities Policy
  • Leah Crawford (LC), SG – Clinical Priorities Policy Officer, Secretariat


  • Melanie Weldon (MW), SG – Health Inequalities Policy
  • Jan Beattie (JB), SG – Chief Nursing Officer and Primary  Care,  Directorate
  • Dr Alastair Cook (AC), Principal Medical Officer for Mental Health, Scottish  Government
  • Dr Michelle Watts (MW), Senior Medical Adviser, Primary Care, Scottish Government


Items and actions

Welcome, introductions and apologies

Carolyn McDonald welcomed all members to the eighth meeting of the National Advisory Board for Rehabilitation.

Apologies were noted as above. 

Carolyn welcomed Dawn Griesbach and Alison Platts to the meeting.       

Action: Carolyn McDonald

Minutes of previous meeting

Carolyn advised that any feedback/comments regarding the minutes of the August meeting should be sent to the Clinical Priorities box by close of play on 27 October 2021.     

Action: Carolyn McDonald

Self-assessment tool presentation – final report.

Carolyn flagged that the information provided by Dawn and Alison at this stage is high level and is being provided to address the importance of the work that has gone into the Self-Assessment process, however the report is not finalised yet.

Alison and Dawn shared a presentation which analysed some of the findings from the self-assessment tool. 

Tara asked about findings around increasing complaints discovered in the survey results, specifically around face-to-face appointments. Alison confirmed that there was an awareness that things cannot be handled entirely digitally, and that there is still a huge need for in-person services, whilst a majority are still keen to pursue the digital agenda, and that there are huge benefits of this, i.e. patient choice.

Self-assessment tool presentation – alliance report

Sara shared a presentation with the board to share the findings from the Alliance self-assessment tool.

AOCB and next steps (five minutes)

Bette raised the point of the November meeting and whether it would be helpful to hold off on this until we have the findings published. Carolyn advised we will discuss this internally and update the Board on this via email.        

Date and time of next meeting 

To be confirmed.

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