The Scottish Government has published a draft National Action Plan for Neurology for consultation.
The draft Action Plan has core aims to:
- Ensure people with neurological conditions and their carers are partners in their care and support
- Improve the provision of co-ordinated health and social care and support for people with neurological conditions
- Ensure high standards of effective, person-centred, and safe care and support
- Improve equitable and timely access to health and social care and support across Scotland
- Build a sustainable neurological workforce for the future
These aims are underpinned by 17 commitments which have been prioritised for implementation.
You can read the draft Action Plan and submit your response to the consultation here (this link will take you away from our website).
To support the development of this draft Action Plan the ALLIANCE’S Neurological programme, in collaboration with the Neurological Alliance of Scotland, led a programme of work to engage with a wide range of people living with a neurological condition.
The focus was on understanding their experiences of accessing services and finding out what their priorities for service improvement would be. Initially, this has involved collating existing evidence from different conditions from a range of sources, including the third sector. Following this focus groups were held in order to ensure that the themes identified were inclusive and reflective of the voice of lived experience. Findings from these exercises shaped a survey that was widely distributed.
The information from all of these sources resulted in a report Priorities from the Lived Experience which helped to inform and develop the draft Action Plan and its commitments.