Work Programme

Health and Sport Committee

Work Programme 2018

 The Health and Sport Committee have agreed to undertake the following pieces of work in 2018.  Full details and timings will, unless shown, be agreed during the year and may be subject to change.

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 2017 and received 67 submissions. Initial evidence sessions were held on 21 March and 9 May 2017.

This Inquiry is being taken forward through a number of one-off evidence sessions which aim to focus on particular areas of public health activity to ascertain how far that activity is addressing the preventative agenda.

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 NHS Scotland’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:

Phase 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, 13 June 2017, 19 September 2017 and 26 September 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.

Phase 2 - Clinical governance

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

The Committee held an informal evidence session with NHS patients on 7 November 2017.  This was followed by formal evidence sessions on 14 November 2017, 21 November 2017, 28 November 2017 and 12 December 2017.

Phase 3 - Corporate governance

The Committee issued a call for written views which ran from 9 January until 7 February 2018. You can read the submissions received here.

The Committee held formal evidence sessions on 20 February and 27 February 2018.

The Committee expects to produce a Report on all three strands by the summer.

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

Budget Inquiry

At the start of the Parliamentary 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.

As in recent years, the Committee will follow the recommendations of the Budget Process Review Group (BPRG) and publish its report in advance of the Draft Budget. 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 budget report will serve to highlight areas where the Committee would like to see shifts in the budget to reflect identified priorities (which could be increases, maintaining existing budgets, or shifts between areas of the budget).

The Committee will expect the Scottish Government to respond to its budget report when the Draft Budget is published and to address specific recommendations of the Committee.

The Committee scheduled two formal evidence sessions.  The first was held on 22 May 2018, the second on 5 June 2018.

The Committee’s report on recommendations to the Scottish Government on the health and sport budget is expected early autumn 2018.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2019-20 inquiry page.

Impact of leaving the European Union on health and social care in Scotland

At its meeting on 28 November 2017 the Committee agreed to hold an inquiry into the impact of leaving the EU on health and social care in Scotland.

The Committee will consider what the NHS and social care in Scotland could look like post-Brexit with a focus on how potential risks could be mitigated and potential opportunities could be realised.

The Committee issued a call for views which ran from 11 December 2017 to 25 January 2018. 41 submissions were received.

Formal evidence sessions are scheduled for 6 March, 13 March and 20 March 2018.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Impact of leaving the European Union on health and social care in Scotland webpage.

Scrutiny of NHS Health Boards

At the beginning of the session the Committee agreed to carry out one-off evidence sessions with the special health boards and regulatory public bodies. As organisations that receive public funds they fall to be held accountable by the Health and Sport Committee in relation to their performance, value for money and meeting of objectives. Following evidence sessions with some of the regulatory public bodies and special NHS Boards in January and May 2017, the Committee agreed to carry out one-off evidence sessions with all territorial Health Boards.

The timetable of evidence sessions with NHS Health Boards and other additional sessions is as follows:-

>Ayrshire and Arran - 5 December 2017

>Forth Valley - 16 January 2018

>Lothian - 24 April 2018

>Update and review session with the Scottish Health Council - 1 May 2018

>Greater Glasgow and Clyde - 8 May 2018

>Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles - 15 May 2018

>Follow up evidence session with Ayrshire and Arran - 15 May 2018

>Dumfries and Galloway - date to be confirmed

>Borders - date to be confirmed

>Lanarkshire - date to be confirmed

>Highland - date to be confirmed

>Fife - date to be confirmed 

>Grampian - date to be confirmed

>Tayside - date to be confirmed

Full details and all subsequent correspondence issued can be found on the Scrutiny of NHS Health Boards webpage.

The Scottish Government's Revised National Outcomes

On 29 March, the Scottish Government published their updated National Outcomes as part of its broader look at the National Performance Framework. The Scottish Government is required to consult the Scottish Parliament on the proposed revisions to these Outcomes.

The Parliament has agreed that the Local Government and Communities (LGC) Committee should be the lead committee. This means that the LGC Committee will consider those Outcomes that fall within its remit and will also collate the views of other committees on the Outcomes that fall within their remits.

What are National Outcomes?

The National Outcomes are the Scottish Government's broad policy aims. They are part of the National Performance Framework which sets out the Scottish Government's overarching single purpose. The current National Outcomes include a set of National Indicators as well. National Indicators are high-level measures that show how the Scottish Government is performing against the Outcomes.

We considered the Outcome "we are healthy and active" and the wide range of Indicators linked to their work at an evidence session on 1 May 2018.  For full details please visit our inquiry page.

Suicide Prevention in Scotland

At its meeting on 27 March 2018 the Committee agreed to hold a one-off evidence session on suicide prevention in Scotland on 12 June 2018. This session will follow the Scottish Government’s consultation on its draft Suicide Prevention Action Plan and will precede its formal publication, which is expected at the end of June 2018.

The last Scottish Government Suicide Prevention Strategy ran from 2013 to 2016. On 8 March 2018 the Scottish Government launched a seven week consultation on its new draft Suicide Prevention Action Plan. The consultation period ends on 30 April 2018 and the views expressed during this process will be used to inform the development of the Scottish Government’s final Suicide Action Plan due for publication at the end of June 2018.

The evidence session on suicide prevention will provide the Committee with an opportunity to hear views on the Scottish Government’s draft Suicide Prevention Action Plan prior to its finalisation at the end of June.

For further details visit our inquiry page.

Year of Young People 2018

At its meeting on 17 April 2018 the Committee agreed to hold a one-off round table evidence session on 26 June centred on the Year of Young People 2018 and their views and priorities on health and sport.  We issued a short targeted call for views on 11 May 2018 with the following questions:

> How well are the views and interests of young people taken into account in health and sport policy?

> What are the priorities of young people in health and sport?

The deadline for written submissions was 15 June 2018.  For further details visit our Year of Young People page.

Legislation

The Committee is considering the following pieces of legislation.  Further details can be found on the relevant pages:

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