Friday, 17 November 2017


Closed Consultations

Mental Health Redesign Public Consultation

Date Published: 18 November 2015

A series of informal events is being held by NHS Western Isles, working in partnership with other agencies, to look at the existing and future needs of those with mental health problems. The aim is to hear from all stakeholders about how services are being used, which services are most needed, and how they could best be improved in the future.

As you may know, NHS Western Isles has been working with its partners to look at the services we provide for people with mental health problems. The partners include Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Penumbra, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Western Isles Association for Mental Health, Tagsa Uibhist and Cobhair Barraigh.

We are doing this work because we think we can make the services better by redesigning them.

We know that there is already a high level of commitment and a desire of all key groups (service users, carers, staff, family members, and the wider public) to aim for significant improvements in services provided for those with mental health problems and so this invitation is open to anyone interested in how mental health services might look in the future.

We invite you to join us, for however long you can spare, at an event across the islands to give us your views. We will gather all this information together and use it to help inform us of the “bigger picture” of the health and wellbeing needs and inequalities of the people of the Western Isles living with mental health problems.

We will come back to you in Spring 2017 with some proposals for how we can improve services to see how they would suit you.

Attend a public consultation event:

Carloway Community Centre, 2nd December 2015 - 2.30pm to 4.30 pm

Stornoway, Western Isles Hospital, Clinical Skills Lecture Theatre - December 2nd 2015 - 5.30pm-8.00pm

Bays Community Centre, Harris - December 3rd 2015 – 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Castlebay Community Hall, Barra - December 8th 2015 – 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Benbecula, Dark Island Hotel - December 9th 2015 – 11.00am-1.00pm PLEASE NOTE: The mental health redesign event at the Dark Island Hotel will be followed by a stakeholder event for the Uists and Barra Hospital redesign from 1.00pm -3.00 pm



New Pharmacy Application – Benbecula

Held on Wednesday 6 November 2013.

The Public Consultation on the New Pharmacy Application closed on Sunday 29th September 2013.

NHS Western Isles has received an application from Local Pharmacies Ltd to provide pharmaceutical services from proposed premises at:

Colin Campbell Sports Shop
Isles of Benbecula

The application is to provide pharmaceutical services within the areas of North Uist and Benbecula.

As required under the Regulations this public consultation will last for a period of 60 days, ending on Sunday 29 September 2013.

The regulations and guidance on Pharmacy applications can be found below as well as a copy of the original application.

NHS Pharmaceutical Services Scotland Amendment Regulations 2011

General Information about applications to open a Community Pharmacy

Application for Inclusion in the Pharmaceutical List to Provide Pharmaceutical Services - New Premises Application

Mental Health Consultation

This public consultation closed on 30th August 2013. Your responses to the consultation paper informed the report Item 6.1 Mental Health Consultation Report that was approved by the Board on 19th December 2013.
Public Meetings

Wednesday 5th June, 7pm - Castlbay Community Hall, Castlebay, Barra

Thursday 6th June, 7pm - Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula

Tuesday 18th June, 7pm - Caladh Inn, Stornoway, Lewis

Wednesday 19th June, 7pm - Caladh Inn, Stornoway, Lewis

Monday 8th July, 11am - Tarbert Community Centre, Tarbert, Harris

Tuesday 9th July - 8th August - information display - Living it Up Pop-Up Shop, Point Street, Stornoway, Lewis

Focus Group - Housing & Mental Health

Professionals from Local Authority, Third Sector and Private Sector Housing have been invited to a focus group to discuss the impact of the proposed changes to mental health services on housing. This will be held on Thursday 29th August, 4pm-5pm, Western Isles Health Board, Stornoway, Lewis. If you would like to attend or find out more please contact us using the details below.

Please take time to read and consider the document when responding to this consultation. Both the full consultation document and the summary version are below:

Full consultation document

Summary Version



Child Poverty Bill for Scotland Consultation

Scotland is set to bring forward legislation to tackle the deep-rooted causes of child poverty.

The Scottish Government has previously rejected the UK government's decision to abandon income-based child poverty targets, and is seeking to develop Scottish legislation after the UK Government repealed large parts of the existing UK-wide legislation.

A consultation setting out proposals for the Bill will be published over the summer, building on the existing work from our
well-established Child Poverty Strategy.

The bill proposes protecting families' income by law, with the aim that less than 10% of children should live in relative poverty and less than 5% in absolute poverty.

The consultation also suggests that less than 5% of children should live in persistent poverty or a low income or materially deprived home.

This can be accessed by going to the link below:
Key dates – Monday 8 August to Friday 30 September


Strategic Police Priorities Consultation

Following on from our initial programme of engagement centred around the question ‘What are your priorities for your police service?’ Police Division have today launched a formal consultation on draft Strategic Police Priorities. The consultation sets out priorities which will set the future strategic direction for policing in Scotland. This has been sent to a range of external stakeholders but we would also be very grateful if you could forward this to any of your stakeholders who have an interest in policing and encourage them to engage with us and respond. We would also be happy to discuss how this relates to your policy area, if so please feel free to contact me. The consultation documents can be found by following the attached links;

The consultation will be open for responses until 16th August 2016.

National conversation on the future of health and social care - "Creating a healthier Scotland - what matters to you?"

The Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC)

National Cleft Surgical Proposal Consultation

We are launching the consultation on proposed changes to the nationally designated cleft surgical services. The Stakeholder Consultation Group asked that every NHS Board be informed of this consultation

A number of public meetings across Scotland will be held in the evening with suggested dates:

Perth – 10th March 2016
Edinburgh – 16th March 2016
Glasgow – 17th March 2016

They are also holding a telephone conference consultation event on the afternoon of 10th March. Anyone who wishes to attend one of these events are asked to get in touch using the contact details below.

Comments are invited on the proposal by 1st May 2016.