Scottish Government outlines Programme for Government 2019-20

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 3rd September 2019

The First Minister has laid out the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead in a speech to the Scottish Parliament.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP flagged a number of priorities for the upcoming year, contained within Protecting Scotland’s Future – the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2019-20 (this link will take you away from our website).

The key commitments are as follows:

Health and Social Care Integration

  • Develop new guidance for community engagement and participation in the design and delivery of health and social care.
  • Develop a framework for community-based health and social care services that help share what works to improve outcomes.
  • Audit existing national leadership programmes for all health and social care partners.
  • Improve strategic inspection in health and social care.

Social Care

  • Develop a future vision for a sustainable care home sector.
  • Make it easier to design and implement models of care which support the workforce to provide flexible, consistent care and support.
  • Support the development of a national framework agreement for both purchased and commissioned care and support services.
  • Support Social Work Scotland to work with local authorities and others to design and test a framework of practice for self-directed support across Scotland.

Mental Health

  • Take forward the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce’s concluding recommendations including a community wellbeing services, review how the Distress Brief Intervention programme could be extended to younger people and setting out and embedding clear national expectations on standards and specifications for CAMHS in order to reduce the number of rejected referrals.
  • Establish a Scottish Mental Health Policy and Research Forum.
  • Establish a Personality Disorder Managed Network.
  • Invest £400,000 to develop improvements to early intervention psychosis services.
  • Develop and promote best practice in local suicide prevention planning and learning reviews of suicides and extend suicide prevention workforce development.

Learning Disability

  • Pilot health screening services specifically tailored to people with learning disabilities.


  • Develop an online autism support service.


  • Fund a new large-scale project to test integrated, intensive dementia home care.
  • Establish Scotland’s first national Brain Health Centre to promote positive brain health as a way of reducing the risk of developing some dementias.
  • Engage widely to develop the fourth National Dementia Strategy.

Neurological Conditions

  • Publish Scotland’s first ever National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions.

Health inequalities

  • Put in place a Women’s Health Plan.

Children’s rights

  • Work in partnership with children, young people and wider stakeholders to coproduce materials that highlight how children’s rights benefit us all.
  • Refresh the ‘Introduction to children’s rights’ e-learning tool.
  • Promote the use of Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessments.

Social Security

  • Launch the following social security payments – Funeral Support Payment, Job Start Payment, Young Carer Grant and Disability Assistance for Children and Young People.
  • Provide independent advocacy to disabled people who need help and support to access and engage with the social security system.

Food Poverty

  • Introduce a Good Food Nation Bill.
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