Health & the NHS

NHS Scotland's Popularity Increasing

‘The number of people using online feedback website Care Opinion to share their experiences of the health service has reached a record high, with positive feedback increasing by 25%. Since March 2015 there has been a cumulative rise of 345% in the number of stories shared on Care Opinion, which provides people with the opportunity to thank staff and highlight what was good and what could be improved about the health service. In 2018 a total of 3,529 stories were shared on the website, with positive feedback from the public increasing from 47% in 2015 to 72% in 2018. To date almost 200 changes have been planned or made across health services because of stories shared.’

Three Things To Learn From Scotland's Health Service

"Initially I was interested in visiting the Scottish NHS largely because of their ability to perform better than England at the four hour ED target (see graph below). But after spending some time there - in Dumfries and Galloway, and Glasgow - I realised there's a huge amount more we can learn from Scotland. "

Improving The Lives Of Disabled People

The Scottish government’s action plan announced yesterday, includes:

  • Up to £1 million to develop solutions to the barriers employers face in hiring and retaining disabled people
  • Up to £500,000 to pilot the provision of support similar to Access to Work to disabled people undertaking work experience or work trials
  • A new support service to help disabled people for who more mainstream employment support is not suitable
  • Appointing a business leader to advise Ministers on the steps to reduce the perceived risk of recruiting those with fluctuating health conditions
  • Developing targets for the employment of disabled people within the Scottish Government’s own workforce