Strengthening the Commitment - The Interim Report of Scotland's National Implementation Group

The publication of Strengthening the Commitment: the report of the UK Modernising Learning Disability Nursing Review brought a welcome focus on learning disability nursing at UK and Scotland level. This interim report presents progress in Scotland. It provides an overview of successes, best practice and outlines the next steps in continuing our commitment to strengthening learning disability nursing and ensuring people with a learning disability receive the care they want, need and deserve.

Appendix 1. National Implementation Group – remit and members


  • To oversee the national implementation of Strengthening the Commitment review recommendations
  • Develop, consult on and agree on the national priorities and actions.
  • To provide advice and guidance to the local implementation groups as necessary.
  • To receive progress reports on implementation from NHS boards local implementation groups.
  • To facilitate continued robust links between national programmes of work that have overlaps with elements of the programme.
  • To ensure that the exit strategy for the programme addresses the challenge of sustainability and integration of future activity with other national initiatives.
  • Provide governance over the resources available to support the implementation of the Scotland Delivery Action Plan.
Name Job title/representing
Angela Wallace, Chair Nurse Director, NHS Forth Valley/Scottish Executive Nurses Directors group (SEND)
Hugh Masters (also on UK Steering Group) Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government
June Knight Nurse Consultant, NHS Grampian
Andy Graham/Billy Pate Chair/Vice-chair of Scottish Learning Disability Nurses Network
Hazel Powell

(also on UK Steering Group)
Programme Director for Learning Disabilities, NES
Elaine Kwiatek

(also on UK Steering Group)
Educational Programme Manager for Learning Disabilities, NES
Allison Ramsay Lead Nurse, NHS Forth Valley. Secretary of Scottish Senior Learning Disability Nurses Group
Linda Allan Nurse Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Michael Brown

(Deputy – Eileen Duncan)
RCN Scotland/Nurse Consultant, NHS Lothian
Gary Docherty Independent and private sector
Jonathan Gray Nurse Consultant, NHS Highland
Representation from co-production steering group through Laura Finnan-Cowan (named contact) Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability
Chris Darbyshire Glasgow Caledonian University
Janet Smith/

Ian Stables
Edinburgh Napier University
David Currie Partnership Group (Unions) for RCN
Susan Tait Mental Welfare Commission
Wendy McConville Staff side representative (Unison)
Tom Kelly NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde


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