Health

SB 17-23 Autism Spectrum Disorder

29 March 2017
This subject profile provides an overview of policies, strategies and legislation guiding care and support for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

SB 17-22 Drug Misuse

27 March 2017
This briefing explores the issue of drug misuse in Scotland.

SB 16-100 The National Health Service in Scotland

9 December 2016
This briefing provides an introduction to the NHS in Scotland. It also examines some key issues that may be topical during session 5 of the Scottish Parliament.

SB 16-76 Child and Adolescent Mental Health –Trends and Key Issues

28 September 2016
This briefing provides an overview of mental health services for children and young people in Scotland and examines current challenges for service delivery.

SB 16-75 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Legislation and Policy

28 September 2016
This briefing provides an overview of the legislative framework underpinning the provision of Child and Adolescent mental health services.

SB 16-70 Integration of Health and Social Care

24 August 2016
The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 is the legislative framework for the integration of health and social care services in Scotland.

SB 16-21 Health Tobacco Nicotine etc and Care Scotland Bill Stage 3

1 March 2016
Stage 3 proceedings on the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill will take place on 03 March 2016.

SB 16-13 Carers (Scotland) Bill- Stage 3

03 February 2016
This briefing summarises the legislative and non-legislative recommendations made by the Health and Sport Committee in its stage 1 report and the Scottish Government’s response.

SB 15-87 Draft Budget 2016-17: Health and Sport

21 December 2015
This briefing examines the plans set out in ‘Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2016-17’ for the health, wellbeing and sport portfolio.

SB 15-75 Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs Etc) (Scotland) Bill

13 November 2015
This briefing sets out the Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs Etc) (Scotland) Bill’s main provisions and the response to these proposals from the Health and Sport Committee’s call for written evidence

SB 15-50 The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill

27 August 2015
The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill contains four broad proposals.

SB 15-40 Good for climate, good for health

21 July 2015
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires a reduction in Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Policies for reducing emissions can also provide benefits for public health.

SB 15-30 Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill

04 June2015
The Bill sets out measures to prohibit smoking in private motor vehicles containing children when the vehicle is in a public place.

SB 15-24 Carers (Scotland) Bill

1 May 2015
The Carers (Scotland) Bill sets out a range of measures intended to improve the support given to carers.

SB 15-02 Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

8 January 2015
The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill seeks to legalise assisted suicide for people with terminal and life-shortening illnesses and conditions.

SB 15-01 Obesity in Scotland

7 January 2015
This briefing considers the sizeable health and economic burden attributable to obesity in Scotland. It also covers the actions taken by the Scottish Government, and the health care interventions being used.

SB 14-83 E-cigarettes: Frequently Asked Questions

13 November 2014
This briefing considers the key questions in the debate concerning the public health and regulatory response to e-cigarettes.

SB 14-72 Draft Budget 2015-16: Health and Sport

23 October 2014
This SPICe Briefing reviews the Scottish Government’s performance measures, indicators and targets for health and sport, and the main themes emerging from the Draft Budget in the health and sport portfolios.

SB 14-65 Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

25 September 2014
This briefing provides background information on previous mental health legislation before outlining the main proposals in the Bill.

SB 14-41 Health Inequalities – Early Years

11 June 2014
This briefing is intended to inform the Health and Sport Committee’s short inquiry on early years which is part of its themed work on health inequalities. It focuses on antenatal services and child health services.

SB 14-36 Mental Health in Scotland

22 May 2014
This briefing gives an overview of mental health in Scotland. It first discusses mental health within a global and European context, before focussing in more detail on the picture in Scotland.

SB 13-79 Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3- National Confidential Forum

5 December 2013
This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings, due on 12 December 2013

SB 13-62 Draft Budget 2014-15: Health and Sport

3 October 2013
Reviews the Scottish Government’s performance measures, indicators and targets for health and sport, and the extent to which they relate to the priorities and commitments in the ‘Draft Budget 2014-15’

SB 13-50 Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill

30 August 2013
This briefing sets out the background to the Bill and its key provisions. It also provides a summary of the evidence received to the Health and Sport Committee’s call for evidence.

SB 13-37 Pandemic Influenza (‘Flu’)

19 June 2012
An introduction to the animal influenza risk to public health in Scotland and the governance structure in place during a national outbreak.

SB 13-10 eHealth in Scotland

15 February 2013
This briefing discusses the current strategy for eHealth in Scotland.

SB 13-03 Teenage Pregnancy

22 January 2013
This briefing provides an overview of information on teenage pregnancy. It offers data on national level trends in Scotland and reflects on research evidence about the problems associated with early pregnancy.

SB 12-70 Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

23 November 2012
This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings, due on 28 November 2012.

SB 12-62 Draft Budget 2013-14-Health and Sport

27 September 2012
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Scottish Draft Budget 2013-14’.

SB 12-55 Genetic Healthcare and Public Health Screening in Scotland

3 September 2012
This briefing describes genetic healthcare services and public health screening programmes in Scotland.

SB 12-51 The licensing of new medicines in the UK and approving their use in NHS Scotland

23 August 2012
This briefing outlines both the process for licensing a new medicine in the UK and the process for issuing guidance and advice to the NHS in Scotland on its use.

SB 12-48 Integration of Health and Social Care: International Comparisons

16 July 2012
This briefing highlights some of the key enablers and barriers to integration and provides information on integrated approaches to health and social care in the UK, Europe and further afield.

SB 12-39 Frequently Asked Questions: Legionnaires’ disease

12 June 2012
This briefing answers a number of specific questions about the disease. It also sets out the roles and responsibilities of different organisations to deal with public health matters of this nature.

SB 12-34 Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

17 May 2012
This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings, due on the 24 May 2012.

SB 12-32 Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill

3 May 2012
This briefing details the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill. It discusses the policy context to the Bill, current legislative provisions for self-directed support and the provisions in the Bill itself.

SB 12-26 Climate Change and Health in Scotland

10 April 2012
This briefing considers some of the anticipated impacts of climate change on health in Scotland, and associated policy

SB 12-01 Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill

5 January 2012
This briefing outlines the rationale behind minimum pricing, the results from the Health and Sport Committee‟s call for evidence and the key issues raised in relation to the policy.

SB 11-80 Healthcare Associated Infections

16 November2011
Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are infections acquired in a hospital or other healthcare settings. HAIs can arise as a result of a range of medical procedures and are caused by a number of micro-organisms.

SB 11-77 Health and Sport Budget briefing

20 October 2011
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13

SB 11-61 Health Finance

25 August 2011
Health spending accounts for a third of the total Scottish budget. This paper looks at how this money is allocated, discusses some of the main areas of spending and considers the main cost pressures facing the NHS in Scotland

SB 11-60 Regulating Care for Older People

25 August 2011
This briefing provides information on the current and past Scottish regulatory regime for care services, as it relates to older people.

SB 11-51 Early Years - Subject Profile briefing

29 June 2011
This subject profile provides an introduction to services for pre-school children. It updates and expands SB 06/83 published in October 2006.

SB 11-49 The National Health Service in Scotland: Subject Profile briefing

21 June 2011
This briefing is intended to be an introductory text to the NHS in Scotland. It also examines some key issues that may be topical in the coming session of Parliament.

SB 11-43 Adult Community Care - Key Issues briefing

17 June 2011
This briefing provides some contextual background to the issue of community care. It considers the legislation governing the area, the organisation of services and available funding data

SB 11-14 Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 briefing

17 February 2011
This briefing summarises Parliamentary scrutiny of the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill prior to stage 3 proceedings due to take place on 24th February 2011

SB 10-89 Draft Budget 2011-12: Health and Sport briefing

2 December 2010
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12

Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill briefing

The Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 7 October 2010 by the Minister for Public Health and Sports, Shona Robison MSP. This Briefing considers the provisions of the Bill as well as some of its history.

Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 briefing

This briefing summarises parliamentary scrutiny of the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill prior to the stage 3 proceedings.

Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill briefing

The Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill seeks to place Scottish Ministers under a statutory duty to provide palliative care for those with life-limiting conditions and their family members and to set up reporting arrangements.

Spending implications of demographic change briefing

The aim of this report is to address how is the Scottish population expected to change in next decades and what can be done now to ensure that public spending is effectively managed in years to come.

Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill briefing

The Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill seeks to create new statutory rights for those using the NHS, and to establish a set of principles which should underpin the delivery of health care.

End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill briefing

The End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 20 January 2010, by Margo MacDonald MSP.

Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill briefing

The Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill is part of the Scottish Government’s attempt to help address alcohol-related harm in Scotland by implementing a minimum price per unit of alcohol

SB 09-67 Draft Budget 2010-11: Health and Sport briefing

25 September 2009
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Draft Budget 2010-11’.

Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: Healthcare Improvement Scotland briefing

This briefing concerns Part five of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill on the creation of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill: Parliamentary Consideration Prior to Stage 3 briefing

This briefing summarises Parliamentary scrutiny of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill prior to stage 3, the proceedings for which will take place on 27 January 2010.

Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill briefing

The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 25 February 2009.

Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 briefing

This briefing summarises parliamentary scrutiny of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill prior to stage 3 proceedings, due on 12 March 2009.

Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill briefing

This briefing addresses a Bill which seeks to pilot elections to NHS boards in order to test whether this will improve accountability and public involvement in the NHS.

Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: Parliamentary Consideration Prior to Stage 3 briefing

This briefing summarises Parliamentary scrutiny of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill prior to stage 3, the proceedings for which will take place on Thursday 12 June 2008.

Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill briefing

On 25 October 2007, the Scottish Government introduced the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill aims to modernise the legislative framework governing the practice of health protection.

Licensing of Medicines in the UK and their Use in the NHS briefing

This briefing explains the process for licensing new drugs and treatments in the UK, and the process for issuing advice/guidance on their use in the NHS in Scotland compared to England and Wales.

Organ Donation briefing

This briefing outlines the current legislative framework regarding organ donation, provides key data in terms of organ donation and transplant and outlines the key themes and recommendations of the Taskforce’s report.

Prescription Charges: Proposed Phased Abolition briefing

Briefing on the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/27) which proposed to progressively reduce prescription charges.

Mental Health Services in Scotland briefing

This briefing provides background information on the statutory framework underpinning mental health in Scotland. It goes on to outline the main policy developments that have taken place since devolution.

National Health Service in Scotland briefing

This briefing provides an overview of the National Health Service in Scotland and covers reforms, structural organisation, health care provisions, accountability and policy divergence in the UK.

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