NHS Chairs minutes: January 2018

Minutes of the meeting of the NHS Chairs on 29 January 2018.

Attendees and apologies


Scottish Ministers

  • Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
  • Maureen Watt Minister for Mental Health

Health Board Chairs

  • Martin Cheyne NHS Ayrshire and Arran (by V.C)
  • David Davidson NHS Borders, Vice-Chair
  • Phil Jones NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Tricia Marwick NHS Fife
  • Alex Linkston NHS Forth Valley
  • Stephen Logan NHS Grampian
  • Neena Mahal NHS Lanarkshire
  • Brian Houston NHS Lothian
  • Ian Kinniburgh NHS Orkney and Shetland
  • John Connell  NHS Tayside
  • Neil Galbraith NHS Western Isles 


  • Stewart MacKinnon  Golden Jubilee Foundation, Vice Chair
  • Denise Coia Healthcare Improvement Scotland (Chair of NHS Chairs Group)
  • Lindsay Burley NHS Education for Scotland
  • David Crichton NHS Health Scotland
  • Elizabeth Ireland NHS National Services Scotland
  • Esther Roberton NHS 24
  • David Garbutt Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Terry Currie State Hospital
  • Paul Edie Care Inspectorate
  • Pam Whittle Scottish Health Council

Scottish Government Officials

  • Paul Gray Director General for Health and Social Care for the Scottish Government and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland
  • Shirley Rogers Director of Health Workforce and Strategic Change
  • Jason Leitch National Clinical Director
  • Christine McLaughlin Director of Health Finance
  • Andrew Scott Director of Population Health Improvement
  • Alan Hunter Director of Performance and Delivery
  • Geoff Huggins Director of Health and Social Care Integration/Director of Digital Health and Social Care
  • Catherine Calderwood Chief Medical Officer
  • Fiona McQueen Chief Nursing Officer
  • Robert Kirkwood Office of the Chief Executive NHSScotland
  • Laurie Whyte Office of the Chief Executive NHSScotland
  • David Bowman DPS/Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport  

In attendance

  • David Bedwell NHSScotland Executive Support
  • Chris Campbell NHSScotland Executive Support
  • Tim Davison Regional Implementation Lead, East of Scotland and Chief  Executive, NHS Lothian
  • Jacqui Simpson Director of Regional Planning, NHS Lothian


  • Carole Finnigan PS, DG Support 
  • Ashley Stewart APS, DG Support 
  • Karen Lindsay Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow
  • Rob O’Donnell Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow


  • Aileen Campbell Minister for Public Health and Sport
  • John Raine NHS Borders
  • John Brown NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • David Alston  NHS Highland
  • Catherine Calderwood Chief Medical Officer
  • Michael Chalmers Director of Children and Families
  • Colin Brown Head of the Office of the Chief Executive NHSScotland

Items and actions


1. A list of those present and apologies is provided above.

Minutes of the previous meeting

2. The minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2017 were approved.

Matters arising

3. There were no matters arising.

Ministerial remarks

4. The Cabinet Secretary highlighted the following areas for the attention of NHS Board Chairs:
  • Performance and Winter Pressures
  • GP Contract
  • Finance
5. The Cabinet Secretary reflected on NHS Boards performance over winter and thanked colleagues for maintaining high standards of care under challenging circumstances.
Feedback from Chairs' private meeting
6. Denise Coia shared the key themes which arose following discussions from the NHS Board Chairs private meeting, including:
  • Financial Framework
  • Strategy and Assurance
  • NHS 70th Anniversary
  • Innovation
7. NHS Board Chairs welcomed the update from Christine McLaughlin about the new Financial Framework and the opportunity to discuss it further after publication in spring.
8. The Minister for Mental Health made reference to the new £54 million investment, announced by the First Minister to improve children and adult’s mental health services and access to psychological therapies.  Funding will be provided to Boards over four years to: improve capacity; improve workforce supply and train existing staff; and, work with Healthcare Improvement Scotland to redesign local services.


9. Tricia Marwick, Chair NHS Fife, introduced Tim Davison, Regional Implementation Lead for East of Scotland and Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, who gave a presentation on regionalisation arrangements in the East of Scotland.
10. The Cabinet Secretary recognised the extent of the work that has been progressed to date across all three regions and that the Implementation Leads for the National Boards would present at the next meeting.  

Any other business

11. No additional items were proposed.

Date and time of next meeting

12. The next NHS Chairs meeting will be on Monday 26 March 2018 at 13:00 in the Scottish Health Service Centre, Edinburgh.

Office of the Chief Executive for NHSScotland

January 2018
NHS Chairs minutes - January 2018


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