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Policies, Strategies and Resources

The most recent policies/strategies:

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The Healthcare Quality Strategy for Scotland (2010) reflects the shared ambitions of everyone in Scotland to create a high quality, person-centred, clinically effective and safe healthcare service.

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.

Realistic Medicine (2018) & Personalising Realistic Medicine: Annual Report (2017-2018)

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

Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 aims to improve patients' experiences of using health services and to support people to become more involved in their health and health care.

Carers Scotland Act (2016)

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about carers, including the identification of carers' needs for support through adult carer support plans and young carer statements; the provision of support to carers; the enabling of carer involvement in certain services; the preparation of local carer strategies; the establishment of information and advice services for carers; and for connected purposes.

Carers Charter

The charter will help carers understand their rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

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 - 2027

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

Getting it Right for Every Child Information, tools and resources aimed at practitioners and professionals who are implementing the Getting it right for every child approach.  Also see The Early Years Framework: Progress so Far (2011).

The Best Start - five-year plan for maternity and neonatal care

This report sets out a vision for the delivery of high quality and safe maternity and neonatal services across Scotland in the next five years; how women, babies and families will get the type of care they want and how staff will be supported to deliver that care.

Better Health, Better Care; Planning Tomorrow's Workforce (2007) This document sets out the future direction for workforce planning.  It presents the challenges in supporting workforce planning, considers some of the core workforce planning messages, describes the role education and training play and discusses the changing nature of workforce planning.

Better Health, Better Care: A Discussion Document (2007) This discussion document informed the development of Better Health, Better Care: Planning Tomorrow's Workforce (2007) and Better Health, Better Care Action Plan (2007).

Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan (2007) The Action Plan sets out the Scottish Government programme to deliver a healthier Scotland by helping people sustain and improve their health.  It is informed by the consultation on Better Health, Better Care: A Discussion Document.


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