Scotland Policy Conferences

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.

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

February 2019

This seminar brought 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.

Delegates discussed how best to shape primary care services in order to increase efficiencies in delivering care, reduce GP workloads and the pressures on secondary care services - including discussion on the development of Primary Care Improvement Plans; progress in the development of multidisciplinary collaboration and the future of GP Clusters in the transformation of primary care; as well as learning from pilot projects and best practice.

They considered the latest thinking in developing system enhancements, infrastructure improvements and trials of new and innovative technologies - including telehealth and telecare - to allow healthcare professionals to work more effectively together and support quality improvement within primary care services. They also discussed the future for the National Digital Platform and how best to ensure effective data protection and security for patients’ records.

Further sessions examined the next steps for meeting the workforce needs within primary care, including potential measures to address recruitment shortfalls - particularly through examples of best practice in ‘Deep End’ and rural areas - and the development of effective career pathways to encourage greater retention of GP supply.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates