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SG Strategic Framework for Action

Update:21 June 2016

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The process of implementation is being framed by the Scottish Government (SG) in terms of the 10 Commitments set out within the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life care (SFA) and this update follows that structure.

National Implementation Advisory Group

The SFA mentions the creation of a National Implementation Support Group to complement the National Advisory Group. Instead, rather than have two groups, a new single National Implementation Advisory Group (NIAG) has been established and it met for the first time on Friday 3 June 2016. The initial membership of the group is shown below. Suggestions for expanding the membership were made at the first meeting (including palliative care nursing, Care Inspectorate, hospital medicine, SSSC). Further meetings are planned for September and December. A sub-group of the NIAG is being established to advise on stakeholder involvement and communications relating to the NIAG and implementation of the SFA.

NIAG Membership

  • Craig White (Chair), Divisional Clinical Lead, Planning and Quality Division, Scottish Government
  • Alan Baird, Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government
  • David Clark, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Ron Culley, Chief Officer, Western Isles Integrated Joint Board
  • Amy Dalrymple, Head of Policy, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
  • Colette Ferguson, Executive Director of Nursing and AHPs, NHS National Education Scotland
  • Beth Hall, Policy Manager, Convention Of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Ann Holmes, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government
  • Jeremy Keen, CMO Specialty Advisor for Palliative Medicine
  • Paul Leak, Integrated Resource Framework Lead, Scottish Government
  • Kate Lennon, Chief Executive, St Vincent’s Hospice
  • Donald Macaskill, CEO, Scottish Care
  • Maria McGill, Chief Executive, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland
  • Peter McLoughlin, Strategic Planning Manager, NHS Lothian
  • Mairi MacPherson, Head Person Centred and Quality Unit, Scottish Government
  • Alpana Mair, Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Government
  • Marjory Marshall, Health Economist, Scottish Government
  • Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs – Scotland, Marie Curie
  • Anne Mills, Chief Executive, Ardgowan Hospice
  • Scott Murray, St Columba’s Hospice Chair of Primary Palliative Care, University of Edinburgh
  • Christina Naismith, National Lead for Strategic Commissioning, Scottish Government
  • John Nugent, Senior Medical Officer for Primary Care, Scottish Government
  • Eddie Turnbull, Head of eHealth, Scottish Government
  • Tim Warren, Policy Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care, Scottish Government
  • June Wylie, Head of Implementation and Improvement, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Improvement (Commitment 1)

SG intends to fund local improvement advisors in five or six Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) together with some national improvement support including some clinical input. This programme will be led by/situated in the Living Well in Communities arm of HIS (iHub). Discussions between SG and HIS about the details (which HSCPs, the focus of work etc) are ongoing.

Guidance to HSCPs on Strategic Commissioning of Palliative Care (Commitment 2)

A Short Life Working Group to develop guidance on strategic commissioning of palliative and end of life care has met twice. The group is chaired by Christina Naismith from SG who has led the development of strategic planning (and other guidance) around integration. The initial membership and draft terms of reference can be found here.

Education (Commitment 3)

A steering group to oversee development of the education framework has met once with a second meeting scheduled for July. The initial draft membership and terms of reference can be downloaded here. The Group is co-chaired by NHS Education Scotland (Lesley White) and Scottish Social Services Council (Ali Upton). A rapid mapping of educational resources was completed in 2015 and this has been complemented by some focus group work in 2016. Three regional educational practice development posts have been appointed.

Research (Commitment 5)

The palliative and end of life care Research Forum met on 6 May, and notes from the meeting will be available shortly. It is planned that the next meeting will take place on 30 August 2016 at the University of Glasgow (Gilmorehill campus, University Avenue), and focus on policy relevant research and disseminating it to people who need to know. To get involved or for more information email Scott Murray or Bridget Johnston.

Support greater public and personal discussion of bereavement, death, dying and care at the end of life (Commitment 6)

A Group is to be established under the chairmanship of Anne Mills (CEO Ardgowan Hospice). A sense of the remit of the Group can be gained from the NIAG paper on this commitment which can be downloaded here.

eHealth to Support ACP sharing (Commitment 7)

A process for identifying the specification required for future eHealth developments to support anticipatory care planning is underway, and will take cognisance of UK-wide development of an emergency care and treatment plan.

Clinical and health economic evaluations of palliative and end of life care models (Commitment 8 )

A sub-group of the NIAG is to be established to explore the scope and focus of work relating to this commitment.

Data (Commitment 9)

SG is intending to fund 1.2 WTE analysts at Information Services Division (ISD) and is planning to exploit opportunities afforded by data linkage (which is being progressed to support the planning by HSCPs). A group is being established under the auspices of the NIAG to advise on a set of data requirements, so that the products of analysis are those of most value and most likely to be used and also to advise on data which might be available from other sources, or which might need commissioning.

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