The NHS in Scotland after the COVID Surge: Now and Next Year

Following a letter to all NHS Scotland Board CEs and relevant stakeholders, and a subsequent meeting with Scottish Government officials and BMA Scotland representatives (19 May),  Scottish Academy was invited (along with BMA Scotland) to set out the issues, concerns, suggestions and observations as the NHS builds back capacity to deal with urgent and routine health care whilst continuing to operate safely in the context of Covid-19.

Caring for people who are dying and those close to them amidst COVID-19

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) educational resource has launched:

Caring for people who are dying and those close to them amidst COVID-19 visiting restrictions – things to consider for health and social care professionals’. A link to this can be found on NES’ Support around Death website, or directly on the links below:

Access the resource here

COVID-19: allow families equal access to visit dying relatives - This guidance was updated in September 2020.

The Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (the ‘Scottish Academy’), the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (the ‘College’), Marie Curie and Scottish Care have co-produced new guiding principles, designed to ensure that dying patients in Scotland are treated humanely, compassionately and with dignity during the COVID-19 pandemic. They want the Scottish Government to adopt the guidelines as a matter of urgency.

Scottish Medical Workforce 2019: an outline of challenges and offer of solutions

The Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has considered concerns expressed about the medical workforce in Scotland and the issues related to these. The workforce challenges in the NHS now present a greater threat to health services than the funding challenges.

This paper is an attempt to set out and explain factors that are combining to create a situation where the imbalance of workforce and workload is unsustainable. It is intended as a working document to which additions and retractions can be made as the workforce climate changes in a politically unpredictable time.