NHS Scotland - winter preparedness plan: 2020 to 2021

The Winter Preparedness Plan sets out, at a high level, the broad context and priorities for the NHS in Scotland until March 2021.

Our Strategic Priorities for next 6 months

The Winter Preparedness Plan is structured around the three key priorities which have been set for the NHS until April 2021. These are:

  • Minimising the impact of the acute pandemic phase through a more extensive flu vaccination programme and preparing for a potential COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Suppressing the virus through sustainable precision public health measures, such as Test and Protect, Surveillance and Response; and
  • Keeping people alive and well through provision of essential health and social care services, including those that promote wellbeing.

The first two priorities are critical to ensure that we keep case numbers low and safeguard other essential, urgent and routine health and social care services.

Further information on activity, planned and underway, to support each of these priorities is provided in the following pages.


Email: Winter_Planning_Team_Mailbox@gov.scot

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