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Policies, Strategies and Resources

The most recent policies/strategies:

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Realistic Medicine (2018)

The Chief Medical Officer Report on the adoption of the personalised, patient-centred Realistic Medicine approach in Scotland's health services.

National Dementia Strategy 2017 - 2020

The new strategy builds on progress over the last decade in transforming services and improving outcomes for people affected by dementia.

Mental Health strategy 2017 - 2017

The Scottish Governement's vision for mental health for the next 10 years.

Health and Social Care Delivery Plan (2016)

This delivery plan sets out the Scottish Government programme to further enhance health and social care services. Working so the people of Scotland can live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting

The National Clinical Strategy for Scotland (2016)

The strategy sets out a framework for the development of health services across Scotland for the next 10 -15 years.  It gives an evidence based high level perspective of why change is needed and what direction that change should take.  The Strategy sets out the case for: planning and delivery of primary care services around individuals and their communities; planning hospital networks at a national, regional or local level based on a population paradigm; providing high value, proportionate, effective and sustainable healthcare; transformational change supported by investment in digital health and technological advances.

Integration of Health and Social Care (2016)

Legislation to implement health and social care integration, passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2014, comes into force on 1 April 2016.  This brings together NHS and local council care services under one partnership agreement for each area.

National Review of Primary Care Out of Hours Services (2015)

Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie OBE (the Review Chair) led this work with the following aims to review the current delivery landscape and recommend action to ensure primary care out of hours services:

  • Are person centred, sustainable, high quality safe and effective
  • Provide access to relevant urgent care when needed
  • Deliver the right skill mix of professional support for patients during the out of hours period

Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme (AILP), (2015)

Scotland's Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme, or AILP, is a three year Allied Health Professions led national improvement programme.  "The Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme will maximise the contributions that AHPs will make to the health and wellbeing of the population of Scotland".  AILP builds on the AHP National Delivery Plan 2012-15.

This new programme will:

  • ensure that the AHP contribution to nationally identified priorities is fully realised
  • be aligned and integrated with other relevant National and Local programmes, and
  • identify and take action to address AHP specific issues.



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