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SG Strategic Framework for Action

Update: May 2017

National Implementation Advisory Group

The National Implementation Group (NIAG) met in April and a refreshed work plan with key actions and timelines is being developed. The next meeting is scheduled for 16th August 2017.

Improvement (Commitment 1)

This programme is being led by/situated in the Living Well in Communities arm of HIS (iHub). Dr Paul Baughan has been appointed as National Clinical Lead for the project (medical) and Sandra Campbell has been appointed to National Clinical Lead (nursing). The equivalent social work role is currently being finalised. Michelle Church has joined as National Improvement Advisor for the project. Local improvement advisors are currently being recruited by the local test site HSCPs. The HSCPs identified to date are East Ayrshire, Glasgow City, Perth and Kinross, Western Isles/ Eilean Siar and Fife.

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 three times, most recently in March, and a second draft of guidance is currently being produced.

Education (Commitment 3)

The Education Framework has been published: Enriching & Improving Experience. The focus will now shift to developing support for implementation. NES have a webpage with project updates and other resources.

Palliative Care for Babies, Children & Young People (Commitment 4)

SCYYPEx recently convened a consultation event for key stakeholders to consider the way forward for palliative care for babies, children and young people across Scotland. A formal report is expected shortly.

Research (Commitment 5)

The palliative and end of life care Research Forum has met 3 times. Notes of the first 2 meetings and presentations are available on the SG website here. Findings from a systematic review of Scottish palliative care over the past 10 years were presented at an event sponsored by Marie Curie on 11th May.

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

SG has made some funding available to SPPC to support its leadership in this area, and the SPPC is currently recruiting a new post to support this work.

eHealth to Support ACP sharing (Commitment 7)

The HIS web space for the project on ACP can be accessed here. New national documentation for Anticipatory Care Planning will be launched on 7th June and you can book for the event here (currently full, waiting list available).

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

This commitment seems likely to be informed by work on the commitments relating to strategic commissioning, research and data.

Data (Commitment 9)

A work plan for 2017-18 to be delivered by ISD has been agreed by NIAG. The plan identifies priorities for developing routine analyses based on existing data and work priorities to address current data gaps.


Responsibility at SG for bereavement has moved into the SG palliative and end of life care team headed by Tim Warren.

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