PROPOSED PUBLIC RECORDS BILL – IMPLICATIONS FOR NHSS
A Scottish Government Bill to strengthen the transparency and accountability of public sector record keeping was introduced on 7 October 2010.
The Public Records (Scotland) Bill provides a framework for improvements in record keeping across the public sector, including NHSScotland, and takes account of existing NHSS guidance and best practice, such as the recently revised Records Management: Code of Practice.
Under the proposed legislation, NHSS and other public bodies will be required to produce and implement a records management plan to be approved by the Keeper of the Records of Scotland. The Keeper will also be given powers to scrutinise the implementation of these plans.
The Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee leads progress on the Bill, currently at Stage 1. Follow progress of the Bill and access copies and supporting documents at the link here.
Scottish Good Practice Statement on ME-CFS
The purpose of the Scottish Good Practice Statement is to provide general practitioners with
guidance that can be used to assist with the differential diagnosis and
clinical management of patients with ME-CFS.
Guidance documents can be accessed at the following link:
WE NEED YOU TO TEST OUR NHSOffice SOFTWARE
National Services Scotland are looking for NHS Staff from any Board to test at
home a software product called NHSOffice. The software has all of the major
modules of a complete Office suite and we want 500 people to test the product
at home and feedback on any issues they come across. This product is a version
of the commercially available Ability Office so we don't expect many installation
problems and online support will be provided. You can download the product but if
you want to be able to continue to use it after the trial period you need to
register to have a disk sent out to you. Please see the following website
for more details.
Capita's Patient Choice Conference
Capita’s Patient Choice conference examines the government’s objectives
for wholesale NHS reform; putting patients at the centre of care to
ensure improved health outcomes, efficiency savings and a more clinically
The new proposals signal a fundamental shift in power and accountability.
It is therefore imperative that healthcare professionals and local
authorities understand their new statutory duties and responsibilities
to drive forward these changes.
Providing in-depth analysis on the key drivers to reform and methods of
managing the transition period, the event will enable you to deliver
truly patient-centered, high quality and efficient care in the years
Benefits of Attending:
Hear from the Department of Health on the implementation of the choice
Learn about the new right to choice and the information to support it
Explore the new role of local authorities in agreeing health improvement
budgets, linking health and social care together
Consider methods of engaging GPs in commissioning health budgets
Understand how to use specific interventions to achieve shared decision
making, patient autonomy, informed consent and empowerment
Take part in a panel discussion examining the introduction of a
competitive market into the NHS
Get to grips with how patients with long term conditions will be offered
real choices about their care with the extension of the personal health
REVISED RECORDS MANAGEMENT: NHS CODE OF PRACTICE NOW AVAILABLE
The code also:
The Scottish Government has published a revised Records Management: NHS Code
of Practice. The code is intended to be a guide to the required standards of
practice in the management of records for those who work within, or under contract,
to NHS organisations in Scotland.
- Provides information on the general legal obligations that apply to NHS records.
- Recommends best practice to assist in fulfilling these obligations.
- Explains the requirement to select records for permanent preservation.
- Addresses the issues raised by medical records incidents
- Sets out recommended minimum periods for retention of NHS personal health records and administrative records
- Replaces the following individual circulars:
- CEL (2008) 28 Records Management: NHS Code of Practice(Scotland)
- HDL (2006) 28 The management, retention and disposal of administrative records
We have also published seven Guidance Notes have also been published to supplement the updated Code of Practice and provide practical guidance for those working at operational level within the Boards.
The code and guidance notes can be viewed at the following links:
Guidance notes: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/04/NHS-record-management
For further information contact Robert Bryden at email@example.com
SCIMP Conference 2010
SCIMP Conference 2010 will provide delegates with the opportunity to listen,
contribute and learn about real life developments and practical changes that
can and will affect how we deliver care now and in the future. Returning to
our roots as a conference of and for enthusiasts we hope to inspire and challenge
convention, catalyse innovation and help our delegates better understand and employ
eHealth technologies in their workplaces. You can find more information
Health Informatics Scotland 2010 Conference
The Health Informatics Scotland 2010 Conference, including the first NHS Scotland eHealth Awards
co-presented by Scottish Government, is on 22-23rd September at the Scottish Science Centre, Glasgow.
This year includes many international speakers and a public information gallery designed to inform the
visiting public about eHealth in Scotland. All details on
Gulf War, treatment of veterans
From time to time, the Scottish Government is asked for advice on issues surrounding the
treatment of veterans who served in the Gulf War. Although the Scottish Government is not
responsible for the provision of advice on treatments for illness or conditions associated
with the Gulf War we are happy to point people in the right direction. Anyone seeking
assistance in this area should contact the Ministry of Defence at Veterans Policy Unit,
Level 7, Zone H, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HB, Helpline: 0800 169 4495 or
for information about Ministry of Defence's wider commitment to the Health and Safety of
its employees access the web site at
The Management Steering Group (MSG)
The website aims to?
The Management Steering Group (MSG) is a joint NHS Employer/Scottish Government Health Directorates body which was set up to discuss Strategic
Service and consequential Workforce issues. It also forms and leads the 'Management Side' of any bi-lateral or multi-lateral discussions on Pay,
Terms and Conditions, both in Scotland and across the UK. This notification announces the launch of the new MSG website, which can be found at
- Inform NHS Scotland staff about the range of activities that MSG is involved in.
- Keep NHS Scotland staff up to date with the latest news on Workforce issues in Scotland, with a particular emphasis on Pay, Terms and Conditions.
- Provide a resource and reference facility to NHS staff on Pay and TCS.
- Provide easy access to all the directions and guidance issued by the Scottish Government Health Directorates and NHS Scotland.
We hope that you find this site a valuable addition to NHS Scotland's existing 'on line' presence and users can use the feedback form on the web
site’s home page to comment on both what you like about the site and how we can improve it to make it as useful as possible to you.
Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2010
The military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2010 were
launched on Thursday 27 May by Scotland’s Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison.
The awards recognise the people, projects and initiatives from the Defence Medical Services, NHS, private and voluntary sectors that
provide our serving and former military personnel with the very best healthcare and health service. So if you are involved in the
delivery of healthcare and health services to the Armed Forces (including the Reserves), their dependents or Service veterans,
or know someone who does, now is the time to recognise them.
Closing date for nominations is 9 July 2010.
For Further information visit the awards website at: http://www.militarycivilianhealthawards.org/.
CLEAR: Clinical enquiry and response service
CLEAR is an online clinical enquiry service, providing NHS Scotland health care professionals with summarised evidence in response to aetiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment queries about patient care.
Using high quality evidence based information resources CLEAR formulates a specific response to a question by summarising known knowledge and recommendations on the topic. Responses are published online and categorised into clinical areas, accessible to the enquirer and a wider audience.
The service is a pilot project which will run from October 2009 until October 2010 and during this time an evaluation of the service will be conducted which will seek to identify the impact of the CLEAR summaries on practice and knowledge along with the perceived need for the continuation of the service.
The service operates in partnership with NHS24, the Medicines Information Service and the Health Management Library and Information Service. Questions which would be better answered by one of these existing enquiry channels are forwarded to the relevant partner and are dealt with under their existing processes.
To pose a question you simply need an Athens username and password which will allow you to log in to the site and complete the online question form. If you don’t already have a username and password you can register for one at: http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/login.aspx
Why should you use CLEAR?
- Save time by receiving a summary of clinical evidence on a topic
- Get quick and easy access to evidence based recommendations which you can use to inform your clinical practice
- Learn from previous answers by searching an online database of clinical queries and answers
If you have a clinical question why not see if you can get a CLEAR response?
CEL 14 (2010) announces the launch of the Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment Model
The Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment Model Scotland website
provides practical advice for all NHSScotland organisations on how to coordinate and further progress
their contributions to sustainable development. This is done through a series of questions relating
to all aspects of their organisation from travel through buildings to community engagement.
The website also contains extensive support and background information. All boards will be registered
with and using the self-assessment tool by the end of June 2010.
Requested Allocation of a Deceased Donor Organ
The document provides advice about the circumstances in which a request for an allocation of a deceased donor organ to a close relative or friend,
could be considered in exceptional circumstances and when the needs of other patients should take precedence over that request for the allocation.
This document has been developed by all 4 UK health administrations together with the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).
Promote more sustainable transport choices through the creation and implementation of Travel Plans.
Find inspiration on how organisations have developed and implemented their Travel Plans and learn from
their successes on ChooseAnotherWay.com.
Join our discussion forum,
where you can join our community of individuals involved in travel planning across Scotland and share your travel planning aims and experiences. The forum can also be used to announce related events and new initiatives. The website also includes travel plan FAQ’s and useful travel planning tools and resources.
Vulnerable Families Website
This vulnerable families site has been set up to support the vulnerable families pathway project. This multi-agency project is being led
by NHS QIS on behalf of the Scottish Government and we are working with colleagues in other organisations such as social work, local authority,
voluntary organisations, education etc. A draft framework has been developed which will aim to ensure that vulnerable children (from conception to age 3)
and families in all parts of Scotland receive equity of support that is proportionate, effective and timely.
The consultation on the draft framework is from Monday 8th March - Friday 11th June.
Managing Sleep Problems in Cancer Patients
Part of the Behavioural Sleep Medicine Programme, please have a look at the SleepCentreFlyer.pdf.
First Scottish ATLS reverification course to be held in Dundee - places now available
We are pleased to offer places on the first Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Reverification Course to be held in Scotland, on Saturday 20th February 2010 (8am-6pm) in the Clinical Skills Centre at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. There will be 12 places for doctors who practise in key trauma-related specialities (anaesthetics, emergency medicine, surgical specialties, and rural primary care) and who have successfully completed an ATLS provider course during the 4.5 years before the date of the Reverification Course.
Doctors of the necessary seniority (ST4 and above) who demonstrate a sound knowledge base and teaching potential during a Reverification Course may be considered for further training to become ATLS instructors.
For further information and to request a booking form please visit www.atls.scot.nhs.uk
Clinical Portal Programme Established
A Clinical Portal Programme is being established to provide strategic direction and leadership to the development and delivery of portal capabilities across NHS Scotland. The programme will work closely with key stakeholders and will encourage consortia of Health Boards to take the lead in the delivery of essential components.
A Clinical Portal Programme Board, made up of influential leaders from across NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, will direct the Programme. The Board will be initially Chaired by Derek Feeley, Director of Healthcare Policy and Strategy at the Scottish Government.
Julie Falconer, has been appointed Programme Manager. Julie is currently Programme Manager for CHI, and will also continue in this role. Cathy Kelly, currently an eHealth Clinical Lead, has been appointed as Senior Clinician on the Board and Gerald McLafferty will be Enterprise Architect. Further details of the Board’s membership will be announced in due course.
A clinical portal is an electronic window that will allow clinicians to see information about a patient in a ‘virtual’ electronic record derived from various databases. Easier access to this information will help to improve care and patients can be reassured that staff have the necessary information to manage their care safely.
Further information about the clinical portal can be found here.
Developing an NHSScotland Healthcare Quality Strategy
Share your views on the NHSScotland Healthcare Quality Strategy draft proposals and help shape NHSScotland’s approach to
delivering world-leading healthcare services at two staff consultation events. Register for the events before 9th October.
Please find attached pdf flyer
Scottish Audit of Inter Hospital Transfers of Acutely Ill Adults
The Scottish Government Health department and the Scottish Ambulance Service commissioned this audit to identify the number of acutely
ill adults being transferred between hospitals. The audit was carried out over a 20 week period between November 2007 and March 2008. It has taken
a long time to process the data and write the final report with over 3000 completed audit forms being analysed.
Please find attached a pdf version IHT amended version.pdf
Scottish Health Awards 2009
The Scottish Health Awards provide recognition to staff in NHSScotland and those working in
health services who are prepared to go the extra mile. The 17 Awards will recognise and reward
Scotland’s most committed and caring NHS workers.
The 2009 Scottish Health Awards will be held at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh on 11
November. There is a category for every NHS worker and the areas they work in. No matter what
their title, or where they are based, if they’ve made a difference, we want to know.
Further details and information on how to nominate
The closing date for nomination is 5pm on 7 September 2009.
Better Heart Disease And Stroke Care Action Plan
Better Health, Better Care confirmed Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and stroke would continue as national clinical priorities for NHS Scotland and committed to revising the 2004 CHD and Stroke Strategy to bring it into line with the approach set out in Better Health, Better Care.
Consultation and stakeholder engagement have had a strong influence in shaping both the content and recommendations in the final document, Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care Action Plan, published today, 29 June 2009, by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
You can access the Action Plan through http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/06/29102453 .
Tissue Viability Online
This website gives easy access to practical tools, advice and educational
support. Developed as part of an integrated programme sponsored by the
Scottish Government, this new resource will help you and your team work more
effectively. Together we can improve care and prevent pressure ulcers in
Better Diabetes Care Consultation
We need your help to develop our revised Action Plan for diabetes care. Our first Diabetes Action Plan, published
in June 2006, set out an ambitious programme designed to bring real benefits for people in Scotland living with the
disease. Our New Action Plan will need to build on these successes and set out how we can maintain and improve diabetes
services, while also taking account of the growing number of people living with diabetes. We have published Better Diabetes
Care, A Consultation Document, and would like to invite you to give us your ideas, views and aspirations for improving
diabetes care in Scotland. We intend to draw on your feedback to produce a new Diabetes Action Plan which we’ll publish
before the end of this year. The consultation will run until 22 August.
Military And Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2009 Launch
The Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2009 were launched on 14 May by Scotland’s Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison
and the UK Defence Secretary John Hutton.
New eHealth Toolkit Points The Way For Clinicians
eHealth will have a significant impact on the way clinicians work. To help get the best out of this, an Clinical eHealth Toolkit
has now been launched. This is a practical toolkit to support all clinical champions in taking forward engagement in eHealth and progressing local eHealth programmes.
The toolkit draws together the collective experiences and insights of eHealth Leads so that they can be shared across the clinical and eHealth community. The indicators of success are:
Leadership and Engagement: get together, clarify roles, be known and building influence, and promote the benefits.
eHealth Tools: know what you’ve got, learn from others, design for clinical benefits and create easy wins.
eHealth Skills: know what skills are needed, get eHealth on the education agenda, make the most of what is there and use champions.
Knowledge Management: identify what questions need answers and what information is needed, know what tools and resources exist, maximise the use of knowledge and exploit electronic information.
To get the best out of the Toolkit users are advised to:
Share it with clinical and eHealth colleagues to support clinical engagement in eHealth.
Use the indicators for success to progress local and national eHealth programmes.
Work together to share examples of good practice and learn from each others’ experience.
Log onto the eHealth website at www.ehealth.scot.nhs.uk
No Delays Scotland
No Delays Scotland is a web-based library of service improvement tools,
case studies, and resources tailored to assist NHSScotland Staff in delivering
service improvement and redesign and more specifically delivering the 18-week patient pathway.
This service improvement toolkit is free to NHS Boards and can be accessed online at
www.nodelaysscotland.scot.nhs.uk. The toolkit is supported by the Improvement
and Support Team's 18 week Service Redesign and Transformation programme.
Fight Cervical Cancer
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) immunisation programme is a major breakthrough in tackling cancer.
The new HPV vaccine helps protect against two types of HPV, which are the most common causes of cervical cancer.
A number of personal stories can be viewed on the
fight cervical cancer website. The website also includes information about
virus and cervical cancer, eligibility information and information
on the HPV immunisation programme.
If you are eligible for the vaccine and have left school visit the website to find out how
NHS region are delivering the vaccine.
The videos on the website can also be viewed on the campaign’s
cancer and HPV YouTube channel
National Services Division
National Services Division is responsible for commissioning and performance managing National Screening Programmes,
Specialist Clinical Services and National Managed Clinical Networks on behalf of NHS Scotland.
The division co-ordinates a range of cancer screening programmes and pregnancy and newborn screening
programmes across Scotland.
Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS)
Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS) is a project based in Consumer Focus Scotland (formerly Scottish Consumer Council)
and funded by the Scottish Government Health Directorates.
We produce information for patients about their health rights, about how to use NHS services, and about what to expect
from the NHS in Scotland. This information is provided to all NHS boards for use throughout the health service.
HRIS information is available in a number of translated and alternative formats (including easy read, audio and British Sign Language)
from our website: www.hris.org.uk
We can also provide advice to organisations which develop information for patients. For more information about our work
Zero Tolerance to Non Hand Hygiene Compliance
The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Well Being announced
that a zero tolerance approach to non-compliance with
hand hygiene standards is to be adopted across the healthcare
setting. The purpose of this letter is to set out the requirements
of NHS Board Chief Executives in ensuring complete clarity at
local level on the respective roles and responsibilities of
healthcare workers in delivering this approach.
NHS Scotland Staff Survey
Over 58,000 (37%) employees from all NHS Boards and Special NHS Boards across Scotland responded to the biannual
national survey which was sent out in October and November 2008.
The national staff survey, focuses on how staff are managed and feel they are managed and invites employees to
share their views and experiences of working for the NHS.
The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC)
The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre's (BWoSCC) new website has just been launched and includes an interactive
tour of the centre as well as important information for patients, relatives and visitors.
The BWoSCC provides all the radiotherapy, and much of the chemotherapy, for patients with cancer in Scotland’s west.
We offer our service and care to 60% of Scotland’s population – 2.8 million people.
Healthy Living Award
All over Scotland the appetite for healthy food is increasing and catering establishments need
to be ready to meet that demand. That’s where we can help.
The healthyliving award is a brilliant way to help businesses and keep customers healthier and happier.
Catering businesses are rewarded for working hard to fill their menus with healthier food
and customers have a simple way of being sure they are eating for health .
Vocation, vocation, vocation!
Show us real passion for healthcare, and we’ll show you one of the future leaders of NHS Scotland.
Our two-year graduate training scheme takes you to the heart of healthcare management.
From day one you’ll be learning on the job, working in various management roles alongside
some of our best clinical and non-clinical professionals.
In return you’ll get a competitive salary and the chance to study for a Master’s qualification.
On completing the programme you’ll have a guaranteed job for 12 months. After that there’s no
limit for the most talented and ambitious.
Website opens for applications on November 1st 2008
Closing date, January 2009
NHS Shared Learning is Live!
NHS Shared Learning (NSL) www.sharedlearning.scot.nhs.uk is a freely available online service developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to enable NHS staff
and partners to access, create, share and re-use learning resources across NHS Boards and partner organisations. NSL also supports
downloading of re-usable learning resources into local Virtual Learning Environments or Learning Management Systems for customisation
and reuse (when permitted) within new courses.
NHS Shared Learning consist of the following services:
- Search and Browse resources
- Create, package and contribute resources
Download the e-flyer
£1million for new Mobile Data Protection Standard
The Scottish Government takes the security of patient information very seriously.
The eHealth Directorate has been working with Health Boards to agree a new standard for
the handling of mobile data, such as that held on laptops and memory sticks. That standard
has now been launched (CEL45 (2008)).
The Scottish Government will make £1m available to Health Boards in this financial year to help
with the implementation of the new standard.
The standard - produced in consultation with NHS Board IT and security experts - outlines the
minimum measures for the protection of mobile data in NHSScotland. It is primarily targeted at
laptops and USB memory sticks, however the controls are equally applicable to other mobile data
devices such as PDAs, Blackberries, and removable media.
This new standard supplements the NHS Scotland Information Security Policy and Standards (
NHS HDL (2006) 41).
Living and Dying Well
Palliative and end of life care are integral aspects of the care delivered by any health or social care professional to those
living with and dying from any advanced, progressive or incurable condition.
Palliative care is not just about care in the last months, days and hours of a person's life, but about ensuring quality of life
for both patients and families at every stage of the disease process from diagnosis onwards. A palliative care approach should be
used as appropriate alongside active disease management from an early stage in the disease process. Palliative care focuses on the
person, not the disease, and applies a holistic approach to meeting the physical, practical, functional, social, emotional and spiritual
needs of patients and carers facing progressive illness and bereavement.
Improvement & Support Team
A new link is now available which provides direct access to our Continuous Improvement Toolkits bypassing ATHENS. An ATHENS authentication password is no longer required.
The link to the toolkits can now be found in the SHOW website quick links Publications section or by going to our Improvement & Support Team website where it is available in the Related Topics section within the Delivery Improvement page. The link to our Improvement & Support Team website can be found in the quick links section within the SHOW website
The report of the independent external clinical review of anaesthetic services at the Vale
Of Leven Hospital was published on Friday 15 August. The Review was chaired by Professor
Christopher Dodds, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Scottish Patient Safety Alliance
The Scottish Patient Safety Alliance brings together the NHS, The Scottish Government, professional bodies, patient representatives and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. In the Alliance’s first programme of work hospitals across Scotland are taking part in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. This programme takes a practical approach and supports frontline staff to make changes in practice. The Programme recognises the complexities involved in delivering modern healthcare and has been designed to standardise approaches to come.
Better Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Care, A Consultation Document
Our Action Plan Better Health, Better Care, launched in December 2007, confirmed that we wanted Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and stroke to continue as one of the national
clinical priorities for NHSScotland. We also promised that the CHD and Stroke Strategy, which was first published in 2002 and updated in 2004, would be refreshed to bring
fresh focus to what is needed to further reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with CHD and stroke. This consultation seeks to gather a range of views on how we can
further improve services and make them more responsive to patient needs and wishes. We will then draw on these to produce an action plan that will form the core of the revised
strategy, which we’ll publish before the end of this year. The consultation, Better Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Care, starts today, Thursday 31 July at 12.00pm and will
run until 24 October.
Revised NHS Code Of Practice On Health Records Now Available The NHS Code of Practice on Health Records is a guide to the standards of practice in the management of records for NHS organisations in Scotland. The guidance aims to establish, as part of the wider information governance framework, records management best practice regarding the creation, use, storage, management and disposal of NHS records. The guidance also:
- Provides information on the general legal obligations that apply to NHS records.
- Recommends best practice to assist in fulfilling these obligations.
- Explains the requirement to select records for permanent preservation.
- Sets out recommended minimumperiods for retention of NHS personal health records.
- indicates where further information on records management may be found.
The guide was drafted in collaboration with a working group representing the Scottish Government Health Directorate, Scottish NHS archivists, NHS Health Records Managers, patient groups and GP Practices. The draft was informed by a public consultation in 2005 and updated and issued for consultation in the autumn of 2007.
This is an overarching code of practice and incorporates references and links to previously published guidance, such as NHS HDL (2006) 28 Management, Retention and Disposal of Administrative Records. The Code of Practice can be accessed at the following link: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/07/01082955/0
eHealth Strategy 2008 – 2011 launched
The eHealth Strategy for 2008 – 2011 was formally launched by Nicola Sturgeon at this year’s NHS Scotland Event.
The vision for eHealth supports the goals as set out in the Better Health Better Care Action Plan. This is about exploiting the power of electronic information to help ensure that patients get the right care, involving the right clinicians, at the right time, to deliver the right outcomes. It is therefore as much about transforming traditional processes as it is about technology.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Building for the future means an investment in new technology. Our eHealth Strategy demonstrates how we intend to harness the opportunities of new technology to enhance patient care.
“Over the next three years this will allow us to build the platform for an electronic patient record that will support the patient and improve their experience of care throughout their healthcare journey.”
Download the Strategy here eHealth Strategy 2008
Further information will be published in a range of more detailed papers, including a Technical Plan, a Programme Plan and a Finance Strategy, in the coming months.
National Drugs Strategy
On 29 May 2008 the Scottish Government published its new national drugs strategy 'The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland's Drug Problem'.
The strategy - the first in almost a decade - is based on consensus and evidence, including a number of expert reports. Central to the strategy is the
principle of recovery. Recovery means that, more than just reducing risk and harm, services should help people to move on, towards a drug-free life,
as active and contributing members of society. Other key priorities of the strategy are better prevention of drug use, with improved life chances
for children and young people; communities that are safer and stronger places to live and work; ensuring children affected by parental substance
misuse are safer; and improving the effectiveness of delivery.
Military & Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2008
The search is on. We are looking for the people, projects and initiatives from the NHS, Defence Medical Services, private and voluntary sectors that provide our serving and former military personnel with the very best healthcare and health service. Now is the time to recognise them.
The Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards are new awards for 2008 which aim to recognise the partnership between members of the Defence Medical Services and civilian healthcare professionals, providing care for service personnel, veterans and their dependents.
For more information and to nominate yourself or your team, visit www.dmsd.mod.uk or call the Awards Helpline on 020 7807 8125
Happy Birthday NHS Scotland
The first web-based history of the NHS in Scotland is now available as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations.
It features stories from staff and patients, a quiz to test your knowledge, audio and video clips… and even the first recorded NHS joke. All with an interactive timeline starting from the state-funded, comprehensive health service for the Highlands and Islands - 35 years before the NHS.
Referral to Treatment (RTT) is an ambitious
programme setting new standards in the quality of care provided
by NHSScotland. From December 2011 the new standard will be in
place and 18 weeks will become the maximum wait from referral to
Better Health, Better Care
sets out a clear vision for the NHS in Scotland. It
outlines the actions we will take to improve health, tackle
health inequalities and enhance the quality of our
contains real-life examples of Scotland's commitment to
improving health services through involving patients and the
The Scottish Centre for Telehealth
provides a centre of expertise to define and disseminate
best practice and develop inter-operable standards,
protocols and processes to support telehealth solutions.
Making choices Keeping safe
is an inter-agency document outlining policy and practice
guidelines on relationships and sexual wellbeing when
working with people with learning disabilities in Lothian.
The European Commission has recently launched the EU public
health portal as a single point of reference for reliable
and easily accessible information on a wide range of
health-related topics for citizens, patients, health
professionals, stakeholders and policy-makers.
Not just a hotel and conference centre…
Keeping it in the family! The first NHS-owned hotel and
conference centre – the Beardmore - is formalising its
status as the public sector venue of choice, giving
colleagues value for money for business and pleasure.
The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, part of the NHS
National Waiting Times Centre, has introduced special rates
for NHS colleagues booking bedrooms or conferences, for
business or for leisure (subject to availability).
And the news is getting better. We are also introducing a
range of new facilities to give you more choice when
planning your event, including:
- video conferencing
- electronic polling equipment
- informal meeting area
- new conference room with increased cabaret capacity.
To receive a brochure, book, or get in touch with our
award-winning Events team, call 0141 951 6000, email
National Hand Hygiene Campaign
On 15th January a national hand hygiene campaign will be
launched across Scotland aimed at reducing avoidable illness
amongst staff, patients and the general public. It will consist
of two major elements;
a public media campaign, involving Press and TV adverts
which will run until the end of February 2007 and,
a specific NHS Campaign to raise awareness of Hand
Hygiene within NHS Healthcare settings, targeting NHS
Scotland staff, patients and visitors. This campaign
will continue until at least March 2008
As well as the TV and press campaign, a website has also
been developed which provides further information on Hand
Hygiene as well as useful links to other websites. This
website will evolve over the course of the next year and
will be used by both members of the public and NHS
Staff. The address is
The Paediatric Telemedicine project was set up to provide
rapid diagnosis of children with cardiac or surgical
problems at a distant centre. With funding from the Scottish
Government Health Directorate's mobile video conferencing
units were installed in 10 sites throughout Scotland along
with a video conferencing room at the Royal Hospital for
Sick Children in Glasgow. The final project report details
the success in meeting the initial project objectives and
examines the variety of other uses made of the service.
These include the use of telemedicine to support Child
Psychiatry, the broadcast of education meetings, clinical
networks, multi-disciplinary case conferences, out-patient
appointments and 'Babycam'.