Health and Social Care

  • Leading the Development of the Data Strategy with Positivity and Ambition

    14th January 2022 by

    Colin Birchenall is the Chair of the Health and Social Care Data Strategy Working Group and the Chief Technology Officer of the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government Introduction Over the last two years we have seen a dramatic shift in how data is used within Health and Care. Between us we have demonstrated that...

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  • Our vision for the health and care data strategy

    20th December 2021 by

    Blog by Ryan Anderson (Policy Lead for Data Intelligence) This month Colin Birchenall, as the Chair of the Digital Health and Care Data Strategy Working Group, presented an update on the Data Strategy for Health and Social Care to the Health and Social Care Strategic Portfolio Board on the 8th December 2021. For those who...

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  • Reflections on Data at DigiFest 2021

    7th December 2021 by

    Imme Jones is Policy Lead for Data Strategy and Data-Driven Innovation in the Digital Health and Care Directorate. Last week I attended Digital Health and Care Festival 2021 (#Digifest21). The event was entirely virtual following the success of last year and taking into account the circumstances of the pandemic. It was a packed couple of...

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  • Data strategy for health and social care

    16th November 2021 by

    The recently published digital health and care strategy commits to the development of Scotland’s first ever dedicated Data Strategy. We caught up with the Interim Director for Digital Health and Social Care, Jonathan Cameron, to find out more about his thoughts and aspirations for the upcoming Data Strategy.

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  • Support for Hospital at Home Services

    2nd March 2020 by

    £1 million funding has been made available in the Scottish Budget to support the development of Hospital at Home services (read full news release here).  Hospital at Home is a different way of working where acute hospital care is provided in a person’s own home as an alternative to traditional hospital admission. The service can...

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  • Supporting National Power of Attorney Day

    19th November 2019 by

    We’re are supporting National Power of Attorney Awareness Day, which falls on 20 November 2019. National Power of Attorney Awareness Day provides a perfect opportunity to encourage everyone to obtain a power of attorney (PoA) and help them plan properly for the future. A power of attorney is a legal document that gives another person,...

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  • Housing Solutions Change Programme: Training modules evaluation report

    1st November 2019 by

    Following on from the Scottish Government’s Adapting for Change improvement programme Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub (iHub) commissioned the development of the Housing Solutions change programme,.  The programme aimed to embed learning, and ensure practitioners involved in the housing adaptations process had the skills they need to help people make informed decisions about their homes....

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  • Free Personal Care for under 65s

    29th March 2019 by

    The expansion of free personal care – which was previously only available to those aged over 65 – comes into force on Monday 1 April 2019 and is often referred to as ‘Frank’s Law’ after the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel. Frank was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 59 and sadly died...

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  • The King’s Fund Learning from Chief Officers in Scotland

    22nd June 2018 by

    A year after the establishment of integration authorities the Scottish Government and the integration authorities’ Chief Officers invited The King’s Fund to work with them on embedding and developing their roles. We are pleased to say that the King’s Fund has now published it’s report Leading across Health and Social Care in Scotland – Learning from Chief Officers...

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  • GDPR – a change to data protection law

    24th May 2018 by

    The General Data Protection Regulations comes into force on May 25, 2018, giving individuals more control over their personal data, and ensuring that organisations collect and process that information properly and securely. To find out more about GDPR, visit the Information Commissioner’s website.

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