Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Public Consultations

Current Consultations:


  • Consultation in relation to dental provision in Uist and Benbecula.
    Consultation in relation to dental provision in Uist and Benbecula, will follow the Options Appraisal event on the 29 November. Information once available will be communicated and placed on Western Isles Health Board website. It is planned that this will take place early 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.