Saturday, 25 November 2017


Public Consultations

Current Consultations:


Uist and Benbecula Dental Redesign Community Engagement

Following on from the Options Appraisal Event the The Western Isles Integration Joint Board (IJB) are hosting three public engagement sessions aimed at considering how the new model for dental care will be provided in the Uists.

Tues 21st November - Talla Chidhe, Isle of South Uist, from 7pm-9pm

Thur 23rd November - Dark Island Hotel, Isle of Benbecula, from 1pm-3pm

Thur 23rd November - Carinish Hall, Isle of North Uist, from 7-9pm

Additional Details of the Consultation Events are outlined in this poster.

Already over the last year, there has been engagement with staff, the Locality Planning Group, stakeholders and community representatives to discuss proposed changes. A detailed options appraisal process was conducted with the IJB deciding that its preferred model for the delivery of dental care in the Uists is to have a single service operating from a renovated Uist and Barra Hospital.The IJB believes this will result in a higher quality clinical environment and a more sustainable service.

The IJB is clear that its preferred model will bring a host of benefits, including:

the development of a single dental team, ensuring better levels of cover during periods of leave or ill-health a team environment which provides greater levels of peer support, assisting with recruitment and retention and quality of care on-site support from other health and social care professionals in relation to complex care needs local sterilisation of instruments and ready access to X-rays not possible in the existing clinics a visiting oral surgery service.

The IJB are now looking to hear from members of the public as to how they can make the new service as effective as possible. The consultation will run until Friday 8th December 2017. Details of the consultation and reports in relation to the proposal are published on the IJB website at

Responses should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in writing to

Uist Dental Consultation

Chief Officer
Health and Social Care
Sandwick Road
Isle of Lewis

The consultation document can be accessed by clicking on this link.



  • Diet and Obesity Consultation - A new strategy for a healthier future.

The promotion of unhealthy food and drink is to be restricted as part of Scotland's new diet and obesity strategy. Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell has launched a consultation on ambitious plans to help people lose weight, including:

    • Measures to restrict the promotion and advertising of food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt
    • Over £40 million new investment to deliver almost 100,000 supported weight management interventions for people with, or at risk of, Type 2 diabetes
    • Supporting calls to ban broadcast advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar before the 9pm watershed

Ms Campbell said: "Obesity significantly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cancer cardiovascular disease and depression. Simply put, it's harming the people of Scotland. It also puts pressure on the NHS, other public services and our economy." That is why we need commitment and action from everyone across all sectors and at all levels including government, citizens, the public sector and businesses right across the country. You can take part in the consultation by clicking on the link below:

The consultation will run from 26 October to 31 January.

  • National Autism Strategy

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a National Autism Strategy subject and is seeking public views:

They wish to know your views on what action you think they should seek to take to make Scotland a better place for autistic people and their families. What do you think needs to be done, and by whom, to realise the outcomes and the strategy's vision for autistic people?

Your views are important as they will help to:

    • understand what is important to autistic people and their families
    • inform our actions for the next and final stage of the Scottish Strategy for Autism
    • identify whether there are other things we should consider in refreshing the strategy

You can take part in the consultation by clicking on the link below:

The Consultation Period closes on the 29 November 2017


  • The consultation consultation on the draft Carer's Charter is now live and can be found at:

    The consultation will be open until 22nd October 2017

  • National Care Standards - In 2014, Scottish Ministers committed to review, update and improve the 23 National Care Standards established in 2002. New Standards were needed to reflect changes in policy and practice since 2002. Scottish Ministers proposed a new, single set of Standards across health and social care, based on human rights and underpinned by the principles of: dignity and respect; compassion; being included; responsive care and support; and wellbeing. A Development Group, made up of a wide range of stakeholders, drafted the new Standards.

    Seven draft Standards were proposed and put out to public consultation on 28 October 2016 with views invited by 22 January 2017. An easy-read version of the consultation was also published. In addition, a series of 19 engagement events was held across Scotland by the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

    440 responses were received to the full consultation and 59 to the easy-read version. The Executive Summary can be found at

  • British Sign Language - consultation on the draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan 2017 – 2023.

    BSL is a language in its own right, with its own grammar, syntax and vocabulary. It is a language that enables many of our Deaf and Deafblind citizens learn, work, parent, be creative, live life to the full, and to make their contribution to our communities, our culture and our economy. Over the past 12 months, members of the BSL National Advisory Group have been working together to help develop Scotland's first draft BSL National Plan.

    This is the first draft plan and sets out the steps the Scottish Government think can be realistically achieved in the next 6 years.

    The Scottish Government are asking if they are the right steps and if you think the steps are achievable.

    Go directly to the consultation website where alternative formats are available –

    Please return your response to Scottish Disability Equality Forum no later than Wednesday 24 May 2017.

  • Safe and Effective Staffing in Health and Social Care Consultation

    Proposals are intended to:

    · Strengthen and enhance arrangements already in place to support continuous improvements and transparency in workforce planning and employment practice across Scotland.
    · Enable consideration of service delivery models and service redesign to ensure Scotland's health and social care services meet the needs of the people they serve.
    · Provide assurance – including for patients and staff - that safe and effective staffing is in place to enable the provision of high quality care.
    · Actively foster an open and honest culture where all staff feel safe to raise concerns regarding safe and effective staffing.

    The consultation will run for 12 weeks until 5 July 2017 and can be accessed through the following link: .
    During this period the Scottish Government plan to hold regional and other engagement events across Scotland in order to gather as many views as possible, including practitioners and the public.

  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland Evaluation Survey

    Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) is undertaking a review of its Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) inspections in order to inform continued improvement and assurance of the inspection programme. Questions are in relation to hospital HAI inspections/reports/improvement.
    Responses to these questionnaires are anonymous. By doing this Healthcare Improvement Scotland are able to build up an accurate picture of how we are doing and what we need to do more, or less of to improve.The Survey is for patient/public representatives who sit on NHS board infection control committees and patient/public representatives involved in inspection.
    You can access the survey by clicking here.

  • Consultation on the British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan
  • Youth Participation in Planning and Delivery of Health and Social Care Services

  • Public Consultation on the Third National Gaelic Language Plan 2017-22
    Given the position of the Western Isles as being the Gaelic heartland in Scotland, it would be good to see interest shown & views expressed on the commitments of the Plan. The new National Plan is designed to grow the numbers learning & using Gaelic in Scotland. Those who wish to respond can do either digitally or by requesting a booklet version.  The consultation period ends on 17th May.