29 March 2017
This subject profile provides an overview of policies, strategies and legislation guiding care and support for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
27 March 2017
This briefing explores the issue of drug misuse 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.
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.
28 September 2016
This briefing provides an overview of the legislative framework underpinning the provision of Child and Adolescent mental health services.
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.
1 March 2016
Stage 3 proceedings on the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill will take place on 03 March 2016.
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.
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.
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
27 August 2015
The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill contains four broad proposals.
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.
The Bill sets out measures to prohibit smoking in private motor vehicles containing children when the vehicle is in a public place.
1 May 2015
The Carers (Scotland) Bill sets out a range of measures intended to improve the support given to carers.
8 January 2015
The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill seeks to legalise assisted suicide for people with terminal and life-shortening illnesses and conditions.
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.
13 November 2014
This briefing considers the key questions in the debate concerning the public health and regulatory response to e-cigarettes.
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.
25 September 2014
This briefing provides background information on previous mental health legislation before outlining the main proposals in the Bill.
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.
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.
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
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’
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.
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.
15 February 2013
This briefing discusses the current strategy for eHealth in Scotland.
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.
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.
27 September 2012
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Scottish Draft Budget 2013-14’.
3 September 2012
This briefing describes genetic healthcare services and public health screening programmes in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 April 2012
This briefing considers some of the anticipated impacts of climate change on health in Scotland, and associated policy
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.
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.
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
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
25 August 2011
This briefing provides information on the current and past Scottish regulatory regime for care services, as it relates to older people.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
This briefing summarises parliamentary scrutiny of the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill prior to the stage 3 proceedings.
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.
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.
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.
The End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 20 January 2010, by Margo MacDonald MSP.
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
25 September 2009
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Draft Budget 2010-11’.
This briefing concerns Part five of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill on the creation of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
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.
The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 25 February 2009.
This briefing summarises parliamentary scrutiny of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill prior to stage 3 proceedings, due on 12 March 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Briefing on the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/27) which proposed to progressively reduce prescription charges.
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.
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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