Health and Wellbeing Progress – Recommendation 2

Improving collaboration and partnership

The Scottish Government should reinvigorate senior participation in cross-border networks with a view to improved information sharing and increased involvement in collaborative working and initiatives.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

We actively participate in cross-border networks through the MOD/DH Partnership Board and a number of sub-groups. A meeting of the MOD/DH Partnership Board will be held in Scotland in November 2019.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

We have established mutually beneficial relationships and networks with organisations in England and the devolved nations. During this reporting period we have utilised these to take a central role in sharing best practice on priority treatment messaging at four-nation level; with Welsh counterparts on messaging around veterans identifying their status. In November 2019, Scotland hosted the MOD / DHSC / Devolved Nations Partnership Board where we took the opportunity for the National Clinical Director and the Scottish Veterans Commissioner to address this group to highlight the Scottish landscape in terms of health, veterans and what we have achieved. This was well received and further strengthened links.

2021 SVC evaluation of status:

Fully implemented

2021 update provided by the Scottish Government:

We continue to reinforce mutually beneficial relationships and networks with organisations in England and the devolved nations. We continue to participate in the MOD/DHSC/Devolved Administrations Partnership Board, including continued input into the four nation Priority Treatment Working Group. Recognising the value of collaboration, we provide frequent updates to the Partnership Board and have brought papers for cross-nation agreement. We have also established quarterly meetings with the Office for Veterans Affairs and take part in cross-nation meetings centred on health IT alignment between NHS Scotland and the MOD Defence Medical Service. Scottish representatives also take part in a UK Armed Forces Clinical Forum.


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