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2014 NHSScotland Chief Executives Annual Report

12th December 2014

NHSScotland Chief Executive, Paul Gray, has published his Annual Report for 2013/14 which outlines the many significant achievements of NHSScotland during the year, whilst reflecting on opportunities and challenges ahead.

Speaking following publication of the report, Paul Gray said he was proud of the contribution that the 150,000 staff who work in NHSScotland had made to patient care across Scotland.

The report identifies the demands being faced by NHSScotland, and recognised that they will grow over the next few years as people are living longer, with more complex conditions. The report confirmed that for these reasons, the integration of health and social care is being pursued with real determination alongside an increased focus on improving the health of the population.

Paul commented: There is much to be proud of in our NHS and it is this wealth of talent we will build on as we seek to make NHSScotland one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

HIS: Staff questionnaire on the use of Antimicrobial Wound Dressing in chronic wounds

5th December 2014

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is working on a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) on the use of antimicrobial wound dressings in chronic wounds. This work is being done to inform decision making on the use of these dressings in NHSScotland.

As part of this work, we are interested in gathering the views of clinicians who use antimicrobial wound dressings. These views are important and will help to inform future developments in this area of care. We estimate that this questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
If you use antimicrobial wound dressings to treat chronic wounds (and are based in Scotland), please could you complete this questionnaire:  

The deadline for completion of this questionnaire is 5th January 2015

HIS: 2015-18 Strategic Delivery Plan for Medicines

8th October 2014

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is consulting on its 2015-18 Strategic Delivery Plan for Medicines to underpin our Driving Improvement in Healthcare: Our Strategy 2014-2020.

If you wish to comment please can you do so by Friday 21 November 2014. As the primary drivers are established you may wish to focus comments on the secondary drivers.

If you wish to discuss aspects of the Strategic Delivery Plan for Medicines in more detail please contact Richard Brewster, Programme Manager (Medicine’s Team) in the first instance on 0131 623 4283 or email:

NHS 24 has a new number - 111

15th May 2014

From 29th April, people across Scotland will be able to access NHS 24 out of hours care and information by calling 111.  

Why change the number?

The change is a result of patient feedback. We were aware that some callers found the old number difficult to remember while others were unsure of how much their call would cost.

We decided to address these concerns by introducing a new easy to remember number that is free to call.

Will anything else change?

No, NHS 24 will continue to provide the same range of out of hours care and information to callers across Scotland.

How will it benefit me?

The new number will ensure that people across Scotland can access the service, whether via a landline or mobile phone free of charge, using a number that is short and easy to remember. 

What about the old number?

Don't worry if you call the old number (08454 24 24 24) by accident, as this will still be active for a limited period.  The old number will eventually be phased out in due course.

For more information on contacting NHS 24 please read our leaflet: If it can't wait until your GP surgery reopens (PDF 339KB).

Alternatives to calling

If you are looking for advice on treating common health problems why not consult our self help guide?  You may find an answer to your question here without having to call us.

More detailed health and care information can be found on our sister site NHS inform.


2013 National Primary Care Workforce Survey

15th January 2014

The results of a survey of Scotland’s GP practice workforce have been published.

The healthcare workforce is central to achieving our Quality Ambitions of safe, effective and person-centred care and the 2020 Vision for healthcare.  The GP practice workforce is a core element of the wider workforce supporting sustainable service provision through new and existing models of care. 

Data on doctors, nurses and healthcare support staff in post provided by GP practices as part of the 2013 National Primary Care Workforce Survey will help assist those with responsibilities for ensuring the provision of safe, high quality and sustainable patient care.  It provides data on the primary care workforce serving each NHS Board area and can be found by visiting the Information Services Division (ISD) webpages of NHS National Services Scotland .

For the first time, the survey includes some data on the GP out of hours’ workforce.  An Experimental Report of those GP out of hours results not included as Official Statistics is available on the ISD website (

The survey results will inform future Ministerial decisions on a range of key health and social care policies, including the allocation of training places to support community based care; General Medical Services contract negotiations; and service in remote and rural areas.

The results also provide valuable data which can be used by those involved in developing primary care workforce plans.


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Upcoming Health Events

May 2015

Title: The International Orthopaedic and Trauma Symposium
Date: Friday 29th May 2015
Location: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Title: Thrombotic Microangiopathy Symposium
Date: Friday 5th June 2015
Location: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

June 2015

Title: The High-Risk Lower Limb: Navigation Skills for Clinicians in Optimising Patient Outcomes
Date: Thursday 11th June 2015
Location: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Title: Bariatric Symposium
Date: Friday 12th June 2015
Location: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow