The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have published a ‘spotlight‘ article on the new Scottish GP contract.
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.
ISD Scotland have published the quarterly update on NHS Scotland Workforce Information, reporting staff in post and vacancies at 31 December 2017. The figures show trend data for all staff in post across all job families incorporating indicators such as age, gender, contract type, Agenda for Change band, grade, and specialty where applicable and vacancy numbers for consultants, nursing and midwifery and Allied Health Professionals. A press release from the Scottish Government gives a summary of the statistics highlighting the increase in NHS staffing.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published the results of their consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council. The consultation received 175 responses from a wide range of stakeholders including members of the public, the third sector and statutory colleagues, and members of staff from Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Health Council. A short-life advisory group will be formed in March 2018 to consider the report and develop a change plan to be implemented over 2018-19.