Health and Social Care

COSLA comment on the First Minister's statements on 22nd March

Commenting this afternoon (Sunday) COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said:

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Mon, 23/03/2020 - 10:45

UK’s first integrated workforce plan published

Scotland will introduce the UK’s first integrated health and social care workforce plan, which includes the creation of a new national thrombectomy service.

Created in partnership with COSLA, the plan sets out how health and social care services will meet growing demand and ensure there are enough staff with the right skills in place across health and social care services.

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Wed, 18/12/2019 - 10:51

Joint Response from COSLA and Scottish Government - Scotland’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group report

Over the past decade, we, as a country, have made real progress in reducing deaths by suicide, but there is still more to do. We firmly believe that every life matters and no death by suicide is acceptable, nor inevitable.

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Mon, 30/09/2019 - 10:25

COSLA comment on Public Health Scotland appointing their first Chief Executive

The national effort to reset how Scotland thinks about health and wellbeing has taken a major step forward with the first Chief Executive appointed for Public Health Scotland.

Shadow Chair of Public Health Scotland, Professor Jim McGoldrick has confirmed that Angela Leitch, currently Chief Executive of East Lothian Council, will lead the new national public health body.

Professor Jim McGoldrick said:

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Thu, 19/09/2019 - 12:47

New group to help prevent suicide

Lived experience panel announced.

People affected by suicide will join a new panel to inform and educate on the ways to prevent suicide.

The panel will be made up of those who have previously attempted suicide or who have experienced suicidal thoughts and those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

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Tue, 10/09/2019 - 09:13

COSLA interim Health and Social Care Spokesperson to step down

COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson Councillor Peter Johnston is to return to his role following a period of absence. Councillor Stuart Currie, who had been deputising for Councillor Johnston, finished up his role on Friday.

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison thanked Councillor Currie for his service:

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Mon, 02/09/2019 - 16:11

COSLA comment on self-funding fees

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Self-funding fees are agreed privately between an individual and the care home.
"It is right that individuals and their carers should be able to exercise choice and control over the service they receive and where they live.
"However we are aware this can lead to variation in how much people have to pay towards their care home placement.


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Fri, 16/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA and CLD Standards Council sign new Partnership Agreement

The CLD Standards Council and COSLA are delighted to have signed our new Partnership Agreement. The commitment to allow local authority staff time to participate in the committees that drive forward the Standards Council’s work is all the more welcome in the light of the pressures that local authorities across Scotland are facing. It builds on the good practice of many councils who have supported their CLD professionals’ involvement in the CLDSC’s work and provides assurance to others considering involvement that this support will be available.

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Thu, 30/05/2019 - 16:40

COSLA comment on IJBs

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: 
"Health and Social Care Partnerships are facing significant pressures as demand is increasing and needs are becoming more complex.
"COSLA highlighted this as part of the spending review through our ‘Essential Services’ campaign.
"Investment and reform is required to ensure we have truly integrated services that deliver better outcomes for people and shift the balance of care. 
"The Audit Scotland
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Thu, 11/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on Frank's Law

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA's Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: "The specific Scottish Government guidance for Free Personal Care has been comprehensively revised by SG working with COSLA and other partner organisations. This has also been referenced and sign-posted in the recently endorsed COSLA Non-residential Charging Guidance.

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Mon, 25/03/2019 - 18:00