Work Programme

Health and Sport Committee

Work Programme 2017

The Health and Sport Committee have agreed to undertake the following pieces of work in 2017.  Full details and timings will, unless shown, be agreed during the year.

Sport for Everyone Inquiry

The initial remit for this work is:

• To consider the degree of progress made in recent years around access to, and participation in, sport in Scotland.
• To make recommendations in ensuring that “Active Legacy” aims of increasing access to and participation in sport continue over the medium to long term.  
The inquiry will have three key strands that it considers and assesses:
• Sport participation
• Commonwealth Games Legacy
• Barriers to Sport

A call for views for Stage 2 of the Inquiry ran from 19 May to 30 June. 37 responses were received. Phase 2 of the inquiry is focussed on grassroots sport and the importance of developing strategies to remove barriers to participation.

The Committee will take oral evidence on Phase 2 of the inquiry during September and October.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Sport for Everyone Inquiry webpage.

Preventative Agenda Inquiry

This work will build upon the Christie Commission recommendations and the work of the Parliament’s Finance Committee (in session 3) and seek to identify the extent to which the principles of preventative spend are being adopted within Health. 

The Committee issued a call for views from 3 to 28 February and received 67 submissions. Initial evidence sessions were held on 21 March and 9 May.

The inquiry will consider a variety of strands building on the written contributions and undertake a series of short focussed pieces of work later this year and into 2018.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Preventative Agenda Inquiry webpage.

Approach to NHS Governance

The Committee is looking to explore the culture of the NHS and the way this impacts on patients. The Committee plans to look at a number of issues related to this theme including how change is managed in the NHS and the impact this has on staff.

The inquiry aims to ascertain how well NHSScotland’s policies and systems are operating to deliver good governance and create a culture of improvement.

The Committee’s work will consider three main strands to NHS Governance:

1. Staff governance

The Committee issued a call for written view which ran from 15 February until 15 March 2017. 18 submissions were received.

The Committee held formal evidence sessions at its meetings on 30 May 2017 and 13 June 2017

The Committee held three informal evidence sessions. The first session was with NHS Scotland patients. Members reported back on their findings at the Committee meeting on the 21 March. The second session was with NHS frontline staff. Members reported back on their findings at the Committee meeting on the 28 March 2017. The third session was with NHS senior managers. Members reported back on their findings at the Committee meeting on the 25 April 2017.

A further formal evidence sessions will take place September.

2. Clinical governance

The Committee has issued a call for written views which ran from 23 June until 9 August 2017. 50 submissions were received.

Oral evidence sessions on clinical governance will begin by the end of 2017.

3. Corporate governance

Work on the corporate governance strand of the inquiry is likely to begin in early 2018.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the NHS Governance Inquiry webpage.

Budget Inquiry

At the start of the session, the Committee agreed to adopt a full year budgeting approach, building an element of budget scrutiny into all aspects of its work, as detailed in its 2nd report, 2016 (Session 5) Health and Social Care Integration Budgets.

The Committee has sought to remove the direct link between the Scottish Government’s draft budget and its budget scrutiny with a view to using evidence gathered throughout the year to influence the content of future draft budgets and the relative priorities given to the health elements.

In previous years, Committee budget reports have been prepared following the Draft Budget. The Committee took a different approach last year, publishing a report following its inquiry into HSCP budgets on 30 November 2016, in advance of the Draft Budget. Given that there is likely to be limited time following the budget publication in future years, the Committee has agreed again to prepare its main budget report in advance of the budget publication.  This will relate to the wider health and sport budget, of which the integration authority budgets would form a part.  In taking this approach, the budget report will not be commenting on budget allocations, but will seek to inform budget decisions in advance of these allocations being announced.

The Committee issued a call for views on draft budget 2018-19 on 15 June which ran until 26 July. 47 submissions were received.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Draft Budget 2018-19 webpage.

Oral evidence will begin in September.

Integration Authorities Consultation with Stakeholders

The Committee agreed, as part of its budget scrutiny, to examine Integration Authorities’ (IAs) approach to engagement with stakeholders and whether or not IAs are doing enough to involve patients, carers, the third sector and other stakeholders over the design and future of health and social care in their local area.

A call for views ran from 13 February to 8 March and received 51 submissions.

The Committee held oral evidence sessions on 25 April and 13 June.

The Committee is expected to report on this Inquiry by the end of September.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the IAs Consultation with Stakeholders Inquiry webpage.

 Technology and Modernisation in the NHS

The Committee is keen to hear what key opportunities for innovation and the use of technology in health and social care are over the next ten years and whether this will lead to significant change in how the service is managed and delivered.

Digital technology has the potential to change the face of health and social care delivery. We want to find out whether enough is being done to realise that potential and to build a picture of how innovative an NHS we can expect to see in ten years’ time.

Innovation is going to be incredibly important in ensuring that services keep pace with technology and that systems are joined up and work for the whole of the NHS and care sector. We’re asking for views on whether the Scottish Government’s draft Digital Health and Social Care strategy meets those aspirations.

A call for views was issued by the Committee on 31 May and ran until 12 July. 72 submissions were received.
Oral evidence sessions are likely to begin in October.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Technology and Modernisation in the NHS webpage.

Health and Sport Committee work programme until up until October recess (144KB pdf)