Scotland Policy Conferences

The future of primary care in Scotland: multidisciplinary collaboration, digital infrastructure and workforce challenges

Morning, Thursday, 31st January 2019

Central Edinburgh


This timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine key issues for primary care in Scotland - including sustainability of primary care services, progress to date in delivering reform, and tackling challenges to implementing and delivering the GP Contract and National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan Part 3.

The agenda examines progress made to date in the development of multidisciplinary collaboration and the future of GP clusters in the transformation of primary care services.

Delegates will discuss how best to shape services in order to develop collaboration between professionals and reduce GP workloads and the pressures on secondary care services - including discussion on the future roles of AHPS, nurses and others in the planning and delivery of person-centred primary care services - as well as learning from pilot projects and best practice in tackling the challenges to further development.

Attendees will also look at the next steps for secure data sharing among primary care professionals - particularly the proposed expansion of the Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) to all GP practices in Scotland by 2020.

They will consider the latest thinking in developing system enhancements, infrastructure improvements and innovative trials of new technologies to allow healthcare professionals to work more effectively together and support quality improvement within primary care services.

We also expect discussion on how best to ensure effective data protection and security to protect patients’ records.

Further sessions will examine the next steps for meeting the workforce needs within primary care, including potential measures to address recruitment shortfalls - such as the Government’s announcement of 85 extra medical school places - particularly in ‘Deep End’ and rural areas, and the development of effective career pathways to encourage greater retention of GP supply.

Guest of Honour

Theresa Fyffe

Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland and Representative, Primary Care Clinical Professions Group

Guest of Honour

Theresa Fyffe

Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland and Representative, Primary Care Clinical Professions Group


Dr Carey Lunan

Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland

Alex MacKinnon

Director, Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Clare Cable

Chief Executive and Nurse Director, The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland

Matt McLaughlin

Head of Health, UNISON Scotland

Dr Steve Baguley

Clinical Director, eHealth, NHS Grampian

Janice McNee

Chair, Allied Health Professions Scotland

Dr Phil Grigor

National Director, Scotland, British Dental Association Scotland

Colin Gray

Service Delivery Director, Orion Health

Nicola McElvanney

Chair of Communications, Optometry Scotland