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The policy context in which we work


We work closely with the Scottish Government to help shape health and social care policies. During these unprecedented times, demands on our colleagues, the people of Scotland and communities have never been greater.

That is why we are using our expertise to help improve care and reduce inequalities through supporting health and social care reform programmes, such as the Scottish Government’s Care and Wellbeing Portfolio, commitment to Human Rights and the delivery of a National Care Service.

Over the past five years, especially during the pandemic, there has been an even greater focus on workforce skills, education, and wellbeing to create a more joined-up and sustainable approach to the health and social care system for Scotland.

We are taking lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, including from the COVID inquiries, and working to deliver national priorities like those in the Scottish Government's National Workforce Strategy for Health and Care.

We recognise the scale and complexity of the health and social care landscape and the challenge this creates in terms of reach and impact.  Understanding the difference we make and using measurement to monitor and drive our progress is central to this Strategy alongside operating with creativity and responsiveness to meet the needs of partners and those they serve.