health and health care

This Action Plan sets out the Scottish Government's programme to deliver a healthier Scotland by helping people to sustain and improve their health, especially in disadvantaged communities, ensuring better, local and faster access to health care. The report is informed by the response to the consultation on Better health, better care: a discussion document (August 2007).

More than 40% of care homes in Scotland need to improve the support they offer people with life-limiting illnesses and those who require palliative and end of life care, according to a new report from Scotland’s care watchdog.

This report reflects the findings of 1036 inspections and three investigations carried out by the Care Commission at care homes for older people between April 2007 and March 2008.

Draft strategy document that sets out the proposals for a Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland. These proposals are based on knowledge about what works well in Scotland, and builds on the range of excellent progress and work underway already at local, regional and national levels. The strategy has been developed through wide ranging discussions with the people working in NHS Scotland, and with patients and carers.

This report is a joint production between Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian in association with other statutory and voluntary sector partners. This is the Community Plan for children and young people in Aberdeenshire. It encompasses the universal provision of services across Health and Education as well as the targeted services of Social Work and joint services provided to children with the most complex needs.

Monologue about an older man weighing up personalised care. Performed by Iain Anderson - Radio Scotland's late night presenter. The script was written by Charlotte Barker, John Scott and Una Munro. Cover art in the downloadable audio is by Karen Irvine.

Clinical and social care governance is described as a framework within which Health and Personal Social Services organisations can demonstrate their accountability for continuous improvement in the quality of services and for safeguarding high standards of care and treatment.

The Our Health, Our Care, Our Say White Paper sets out a vision to provide people with good quality social care and NHS services in the communities where they live. NHS services are halfway through a 10 year plan to become more responsive to patient needs and prevent ill health by the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Social care services are also changing to give service users more independence, choice and control.

This leaflet explains personal budgets - what they are, why the Department of Health and NHS thinks they could make NHS care better, and how to get more information. It has been written with patients and service users in mind.

This publication is intended for everyone who is concerned with looked after children and young people and their families. This includes: elected members, local authority staff, staff in voluntary organisations, private providers, foster carers, health professionals and those involved in developing and improving children’s services.