On the 27 October 2015, the Health and Social Care Academy, part of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (see http://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk/ ) held its First Inaugural Lecture in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland and the Herald Scotland. In a lecture entitled “Creating wellbeing – what is needed to transform Scottish society so that all citizens are able to thrive?” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP re-affirmed her governments commitment to creating a series of acute care facilities designed to replicate the success of the Golden Jubilee Hospital across the country. Over the next 5 years the Scottish Government plan to invest £200 million to develop 5 more centres like the Golden Jubilee in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Livingston. She also stressed the importance of service integration in providing the care that people need in the way they need it, when they need it, pointing out the massive gains for the health and social care system to be realised when successful integration is realised. As a result considerable effort will be made to enhance GP led services. Part of this process will include increasing the number of training places for GPs by 33% – from 300 to 400 per annum. A full transcript of her talk can be found at http://news.scotland.gov.uk/Speeches-Briefings/Health-and-Social-Care-Alliance-1ebc.aspx
Not only was the Dean of School Karen Wilson and a number of the school’s staff present at this very successful event, but a number of our Health and Nursing students attended. Well done to the 3 students from the School who managed to pitch questions about the Scottish Government’s approach to transforming and promoting the health and well-being of Scotland’s citizens in waht was a lively question and answer session after her talk.