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Scottish Government outlines Programme for Government 2018-19

Type: News Item Date Published: 4th September 2018
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The First Minister has laid out the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead in a speech to the Scottish Parliament.

Nicola Sturgeon flagged a number of priorities for the upcoming year, contained within the ‘Delivering for Today, Investing for Tomorrow’ document (this link will take you away from our website).

These included commitments to:

  • Recruit 350 counsellors in school education across Scotland, to ensure that every secondary school has counselling services
  • Put in place an additional 250 school nurses by 2022, to “help provide a response to mild and moderate emotional and mental health difficulties experienced by young people”
  • Ensure that by the end of academic year 2019-20, every local authority will be offered training for teachers in mental health first aid
  • Provide more than 80 additional counsellors in Further and Higher Education over the next four years
  • Trial improvements to the NHS 24 Breathing Space service by introducing web-chat with an NHS 24 adviser
  • Help those with mild to moderate depression through more widespread online access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Improve access to psychological assessment and therapies in rural areas through the use of technology such as video-conferencing
  • Expand the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme pilots during 2019 to include people under 18
  • Publish a plan during September to improve waiting times performance
  • Develop and implement a redesigned minor ailment and common conditions service available to all in the coming year
  • Have introduced “flexible visiting” arrangements across the NHS in Scotland by 2020
  • Publish a National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions by early 2019
  • Develop a National Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy
  • Gather views and consider evidence for a potential new national scheme to provide extra financial support to people with the highest social care needs
  • Raise awareness of the value of social care
  • Introduce an improvement fund to improve health and social care services in Scottish prisons
  • Publish a national strategy to tackle loneliness and social isolation, by year end
  • Consult on new hate crime legislation, that “reflects life in 21st century Scotland”
  • Incorporate the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law
  • Establish a Scottish Commission on Social Security to scrutinise the new Scottish system
  • Publish a Social Security Charter
  • A Good Food Nation programme will be published and will consult on legislative measures that might be needed
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