The CSO have reported on the launch of a set of National Standards for Public Involvement in Research. The standards have been developed through a UK-wide partnership bringing together members of the public with representatives from the National Institute for Health Research (England), the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research Wales and the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland). The standards will be tested at ten pilot sites and other organisations are encouraged to use them.
The Scottish Government have announced funding for projects that focus on helping people move away from emergency food support to having access to healthy food. The funding supports the Fair Food Fund and additional support for children experiencing food poverty.
The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament have published the official report of their meeting on 13th March. The main part of the meeting covered impacts on health and social care of leaving the European Union, including the impact on research and clinical trials, and the regulation of medicine and medical devices.
Also, the Scottish Government Health Secretary has made a statement on the threat of Brexit to health services ahead of her appearance at the Health and Sport Committee inquiry into the impact of leaving the European Union on health in Scotland.
The Scottish Government have published an analysis of the free-text responses on experiences of social care contained in the Health and Care Experience Survey (HACE) of 2015/16. The HACE survey takes place every two years and is the main national source of data on self-reported experiences of care in Scotland. Just over 4,000 providers and receivers of care (and proxies) gave comments about their experiences of care, with the majority being positive.
News of a forthcoming Audit Scotland report on health and social care integration. The report is due to be published in November 2018 and will look at the impact public bodies are having as they work together to integrate health and social care services in line with the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. This will be the second of three scheduled audits, a previous report was published in December 2015.
ISD Scotland have published the Primary Care Workforce Survey for 2017. The workforce survey provides information on GPs in practice; practice-employed nurses and other staff; and vacancies and recruitment. The 2017 report also provides information on GP Out of Hours services in each NHS Board.