Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for integrated health and social care in Scotland - governance, workforce planning and improving delivery of care

Morning, Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH


This seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the next steps for developing integrated health and social care in Scotland - looking at governance and stakeholder engagement, workforce planning, and opportunities for delivering improvements in care. It follows the 3.7% increase in funding for frontline NHS Boards in the Scottish Budget.

Those attending will discuss governance issues facing Integrated Authorities (IAs), amid warnings around the lack of a long-term financial strategy for IAs.

They will also consider next steps for developing external engagement, particularly in ensuring the involvement of health practitioners, service users and the third sector in decision-making processes and delivery of care - as recommended by The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee in its report on IAs.

Further sessions assess the challenges for integration in relation to the health and social care workforce - such as demographic change and the potential impact of Brexit - as The Scottish Government moves forward to implement its recently published National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan, which lays out a number of recommendations, including workforce planning guidance, enhanced career pathways and increased investment in education and training.

The agenda also discusses priorities for improving service delivery, including the role of regulation and inspection, commissioning, greater partnership working, and innovative models of care.

Guest of Honour

Dr Anne Hendry

Senior Associate, International Foundation for Integrated Care

Guest of Honour

Dr Anne Hendry

Senior Associate, International Foundation for Integrated Care


Lewis Macdonald MSP

Convener, Health and Sport Committee

Clare Haughey MSP

Co-Convenor, Cross-Party Group on Health Inequalities


Erica Reid

Lead Nurse for Community, NHS Borders

Councillor Sarah Duncan

Vice-Chairperson, Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership

Gordon Johnston

Chair, Bipolar Scotland

Beth Culshaw

Chief Officer, West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Karen Hedge

National Director, Scottish Care

Claire Sweeney

Associate Director, Audit Scotland

Gordon Paterson

Chief Inspector, Adult Services, Care Inspectorate

Diana Hekerem

Head of Strategic Commissioning, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

David Alston

Chair, NHS Highland

Sara Redmond

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland