HIS: 2015-18 Strategic Delivery Plan for Medicines
8th October 2014
Healthcare Improvement Scotland is consulting on its 2015-18 Strategic Delivery Plan for Medicines to underpin our Driving Improvement in Healthcare: Our Strategy 2014-2020.
If you wish to comment please can you do so by Friday 21 November 2014. As the primary drivers are established you may wish to focus comments on the secondary drivers.
If you wish to discuss aspects of the Strategic Delivery Plan for Medicines in more detail please contact Richard Brewster, Programme Manager (Medicine’s Team) in the first instance on 0131 623 4283 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS 24 has a new number - 111
15th May 2014
From 29th April, people across Scotland will be able to access NHS 24 out of hours care and information by calling 111.
Why change the number?
The change is a result of patient feedback. We were aware that some callers found the old number difficult to remember while others were unsure of how much their call would cost.
We decided to address these concerns by introducing a new easy to remember number that is free to call.
Will anything else change?
No, NHS 24 will continue to provide the same range of out of hours care and information to callers across Scotland.
How will it benefit me?
The new number will ensure that people across Scotland can access the service, whether via a landline or mobile phone free of charge, using a number that is short and easy to remember.
What about the old number?
Don't worry if you call the old number (08454 24 24 24) by accident, as this will still be active for a limited period. The old number will eventually be phased out in due course.
For more information on contacting NHS 24 please read our leaflet: If it can't wait until your GP surgery reopens (PDF 339KB).
Alternatives to calling
If you are looking for advice on treating common health problems why not consult our self help guide? You may find an answer to your question here without having to call us.
More detailed health and care information can be found on our sister site NHS inform.
2013 National Primary Care Workforce Survey
15th January 2014
The results of a survey of Scotland’s GP practice workforce have been published.
The healthcare workforce is central to achieving our Quality Ambitions of safe, effective and person-centred care and the 2020 Vision for healthcare. The GP practice workforce is a core element of the wider workforce supporting sustainable service provision through new and existing models of care.
Data on doctors, nurses and healthcare support staff in post provided by GP practices as part of the 2013 National Primary Care Workforce Survey will help assist those with responsibilities for ensuring the provision of safe, high quality and sustainable patient care. It provides data on the primary care workforce serving each NHS Board area and can be found by visiting the Information Services Division (ISD) webpages of NHS National Services Scotland .
For the first time, the survey includes some data on the GP out of hours’ workforce. An Experimental Report of those GP out of hours results not included as Official Statistics is available on the ISD website (http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/General-Practice/Publications/2013-11-19/2013-11-19-PCWS-Report.pdf).
The survey results will inform future Ministerial decisions on a range of key health and social care policies, including the allocation of training places to support community based care; General Medical Services contract negotiations; and service in remote and rural areas.
The results also provide valuable data which can be used by those involved in developing primary care workforce plans.
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