Scotland Policy Conferences

Priorities for primary care in Scotland - best practice, integration and the new GP contract

Morning, Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Central Edinburgh


Delegates will discuss how primary care is engaging with Integrated Joint Boards (IJBs) - particularly in relation to influencing primary care funding and decision-making processes - and the wider health and social care community, as well as steps that can be taken to develop ways of working which best utilise the skills of all primary care professionals.

They will also consider next steps for the introduction of the forthcoming GP contract from April 2018, and its potential to reduce workloads and enhance quality of care.

Further sessions will bring out examples of best practice from within primary care, particularly within the context of challenges arising from health inequalities and changing demographics, as well from competing priorities in urban and rural settings.

Guest of Honour

Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, The Scottish Government

Guest of Honour

Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, The Scottish Government

Keynote Speakers

Dr Carey Lunan

Chair, RCGP Scotland

Professor John Gillies

Deputy Director, Scottish School of Primary Care

Dr Anne Mullin

GP, Govan Health Centre and Chair, GPs at the Deep End

Clare Morrison

Lead Pharmacist (Quality Improvement), NHS Highland

Dr Alan McDevitt

Chair, Scottish General Practitioners Committee, BMA


Alison Johnstone MSP

Spokesperson for Health and Sport, Scottish Green Party

Neil Findlay MSP

Convener, Health and Sport Committee


Nicky Connor

Associate Director, Nursing, NHS Fife

Val de Souza

Director, Health and Social Care, South Lanarkshire Council and Chief Officer, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Alison Keir

Policy Officer, Scotland, Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Alison MacDonald

Head of Healthcare and Chief Nurse, NHS Lothian and Member, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership

Margie Taylor

Chief Dental Officer, The Scottish Government

Mark Kelvin

Programme Director, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland