The next generation of primary care

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 12th September 2019

The ALLIANCE responds to the Health and Sport Committee inquiry on the future of primary care across Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament’s Committee recently published the results of a series of “public panels” held across Scotland (this link will take you away from our website). The public panels suggested that primary care should better use digital technology, social prescribing and place the emphasis on preventative services.

Responding to the Committee’s call for views the ALLIANCE noted that:

  • Multidisciplinary working can only be achieved if all staff involved are “bought into” a truly non-hierarchical approach to delivery of services across the local community.
  • Integration between all forms of primary care and the third sector is key to achieving a sustainable primary care system.
  • Transformation is required in the involvement of people with long term conditions in planning for their care.
  • Further consideration should be given to why measures in the eHealth Strategy have failed to be implemented.
  • Qualitative and quantitative outcome measures should be a key priority to measure the impact of change.

The ALLIANCE is due to give evidence to the Health and Sport Committee in the Scottish Parliament on 8 October 2019.

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