News Archive 2020

Key Messages: Shaping Primary Care for the Next Generation in Rural Scotland content

Key Messages: Shaping Primary Care for the Next Generation in Rural Scotland

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An hour-long workshop delivered to 80 people on 19th February 2020 at The Gathering in Glasgow. The workshop was organised by VHS in collaboration with the Scottish Rural Health Partnership.

The workshop aimed to explore the role of the third sector in helping shape the design and delivery of Primary Care and the importance of working in partnership to deliver change. Questions we set out to explore included:

  • How to put general practice and Primary Care at the heart of the healthcare system in rural Scotland
  • How to ensure people needing care are more informed and empowered, have access to the right person at the right time, and can remain living at home where possible.

We had four speakers and the workshop was chaired by Allyson McCollam, Chair of VHS. Speakers were:

  • Dan Shaw, Chief Executive at Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
  • Dr Sarah Ann Munoz, Reader in Rural Health and Wellbeing – Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Martine Scott, Programme Manager – Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (recruitment and retention of rural healthcare workers)
  • Ailsa Villegas, Senior Health Development Officer- Green Health, NHS Highland

Copy of the Presentations are available Rural Primary Care.

Key Messages from the event are available here.

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Scottish Government's International Engagement Team

Do you work in the field of digital health and social care.

The Scottish Government's International Engagement Team (IET), which sits within the Digital Health and Care Directorate, is to represent Scotland in relevant international networks. The networks enable us to capture and share good practice in digital health and care locally, nationally and internationally.  These knowledge exchange opportunities and activities will be essential in maintaining and growing our ongoing relationships with European regions post-Brexit.

The IET are active members of EUREGHA, which is the network of European Regional and Local Health Authorities. EUREGHA promotes collaboration between its members, the institutions of the European Union and with pan European health networks and organisations working with public health and health care. Andrea Pavlickova, our International Engagement Manager, holds the position of Treasurer for EUREGHA.

As part of this membership the IET receives regular Info Flash updates covering a range of topics. Many of these topics are relevant to those in Scotland who are interested & involved in delivering digitally enabled services. Updates include news and information about events, consultations and funding calls.

From March 2020, it is our intention to share the Info Flash with our Scottish networks.

We also plan to share regular updates about international engagement activities and opportunities going forward.

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NHS Near Me

NHS Education for Scotland have a series of webinars available for AHP in using NHS Near Me. 

The webinars include.

     Occupational Therapy and Near Me link to the webinar recording:

     Dietetics and Near Me  link to the webinar recording:

     SLT and Near Me link to the webinar recording

     Physio and Near Me link to the webinar recording

Links to this and the other AHP webinars will be available on the AHP Practice Education Community of Practice and the new AHP TURAS page.