Scotland Policy Conferences

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Priorities for health policy in Scotland

Morning, Wednesday, 8th September 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will bring out key issues for the Scottish healthcare sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the National Review of Eating Disorder Services, as well as the anticipated publication of the Women’s Health Plan, and the forthcoming Digital Health and Care Strategy and Data Strategy for Health and Social Care.

Delegates will also consider the implications of the NHS in Scotland 2020 report from Audit Scotland, which looks at Scotland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and makes recommendations on NHS remobilisation, as well as on finances and performance.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive, NHS Scotland, and Director General, Health and Social Care, Scottish Government; and Robbie Pearson, Chief Executive, Healthcare Improvement Scotland.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from The Scottish Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Edinburgh Integration Joint Board; Falkirk Older People's Network; Horizon Housing Association; MSD; NMAHP Research Unit; Playlist for Life; Roche; Scottish Association for Mental Health; Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance; Takeda UK; Teva UK and The State Hospital.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of the Scottish Parliament and senior officials from the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, Public Health Scotland, regulators and other agencies, as well as health and social care professionals, representatives from integration authorities, local authorities, trade unions, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, academics, think tanks and law firms, together with reporters from the national and trade media based in Scotland and elsewhere.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Dr Andrew Fraser

Senior Advisor, Public Health Scotland

Robbie Pearson

Chief Executive, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Caroline Lamb

Chief Executive, NHS Scotland, and Director General, Health and Social Care, The Scottish Government


Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health and Sport

Annie Wells MSP

Conservative Spokesperson for Health and Social Care


Professor George Crooks

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre Scotland

Willie Duffy

Secretary and Head of Bargaining for Health, UNISON Scotland

Cathie Cowan

Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley

Dr Ellie Hothersall

Head of MBChB (Teaching and Scholarship), Medical School Undergraduate Office, University of Dundee and Associate Director of Public Health, NHS Tayside

Mark Hazelwood

Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (pre-recorded presentation)

Councillor Fiona Collie

Member, Falkirk Council

Professor Iain McInnes

Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences; Muirhead Chair of Medicine and Versus Arthritis Professor of Rheumatology, University of Glasgow

Jonathan Roden

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, British Heart Foundation Scotland

Dr Elizabeth Kelly

Associate, Carnegie UK Trust

Susan Aitkenhead

Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland

Professor Susan Dawkes

Professor of Nursing and Cardiovascular Health and Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice, Robert Gordon University