Category Archives: Scottish health & social care

Scottish GP contract

The British Medical Association (BMA) have a short news feature on their website about the move towards a Scottish GP contract. The article also details the next steps and timetable towards the contract, with the proposed contract to be published in November and then a series of roadshow events leading to a poll and the final decision on whether to accept the contract. If accepted, it would be implemented from April 2018.

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SCPN newsletter

The latest issue of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network newsletter is available. the newsletter contents include a brief update on the ActWELL study,  articles on healthy eating (recipe for kale, sweet potato and chickpeas with hummus sauce…) and physical exercise initiatives and a research round-up.

They have also announced the date of the 2018 SCPN Conference. The event has the theme ‘We can, I can’, designed to highlight that organisations and individuals can take action against cancer, and takes place on  5th February 2018.

Care Inspectorate staffing report

The Care Inspectorate have published a report on staff vacancies in care services in 2016. The report provides the first national overview of vacancy levels and recruitment difficulties among the individual care services that report directly to the Care Inspectorate. More than a third of social care services have reported unfilled staff vacancies and almost half faced difficulties recruiting the right staff.

Report on mitigating child poverty

What Works Scotland have produced an evidence review and briefing on steps that local authorities and community planning partnerships can take to mitigate and prevent child poverty and identify early trigger signs that may suggest an increased risk of poverty.

Treanor, Morag C. (2017) Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty in Community Planning Partnerships, Edinburgh: What Works Scotland.