NHS Scotland have announced the formation of a Scotland Change Management Group to implement the proposals of the Four Nations NHS/HSC Compatibility Programme. The aim of the programme is to create compatible and consistent ways to set up and carry out health research across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Scottish Deanery newsletter for Autumn 2017 has been issued. There’s features on the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium; the integration of Human Factors into healthcare practice and education; the introduction of Broad Based Training for foundation doctors, the Scottish Clinical leadership Fellowship programme and the General Medical Council Differential Attainment Pilot.
The Scottish Government Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has announced that a community hubs model of maternity services will be piloted in five health boards next year. The changes to maternity services were recommended in the ‘Best start review‘ of maternity and neonatal care in January 2017 and will mean that, in most circumstances, mothers would give birth in midwife-led units or at home with consultant-led hospital care where there are complications.
Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS Scotland have released the annual update on complaints received by NHS Scotland organisations. The figures show a 10% increase since the previous year.
The Scottish Government have issued a ‘pre-screening notification‘ that the Functions of Health Boards (Scotland) Order 1991 will be changed by use of a Statutory Instrument to allow health boards in Scotland to provide abortion services to women who travel from Northern Ireland. There is also a ‘Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment‘.
In a follow-up to the session reported in the last Bulletin, the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament held another session on NHS staff governance. The session was attended by Shona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport; Paul Gray, Director General of Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland; and Shirley Rogers, Director of Health Workforce and Strategic Change in the Scottish Government. They faced questions on staff governance standards, whistleblowing in the NHS and an associated ‘helpline’, the role of the Cabinet Secretary in dispute mediation, the possibility of regulating NHS managerial professions and on extending the NHS workforce strategy to social care staff.
The Scottish Government have published a report on the progress that NHS Tayside have made to implement the recommendations of the NHS Tayside Assurance and Advisory Board which was established to improve the immediate financial position of the Board and to address longer term sustainability. The report grades the progress made against each of the recommendations. Amongst the findings the report identifies that significant activity is needed to address workforce issues in the Board.