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Highlights from NHSScotland Conference and Exhibition 2017


Sharing learning and making connections – find out how NES got on at #NHSScot17

NES staff joined hundreds of health and social care professionals from across Scotland for the annual NHSScotland Conference and Exhibition at the SEC in Glasgow last week. The two-day conference was an excellent opportunity to network and share ideas with colleagues from other health boards, as well as a chance for us to make some important announcements.

The event got off to a flying start on Tuesday when NHSScotland Chief Executive Paul Gray joined our Knowledge Network colleagues to launch The Right Decision campaign. A joint initiative between the Scottish Government’s Digital Health and Care team, NHS Education for Scotland, and the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), the campaign encourages health and social care staff to consult the expertise of Scotland’s NHS librarians in exploiting digital technology to make evidence-based decisions that improve outcomes for service users.

The second day was no less busy, as we launched the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Pathway (SIPCEP). Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robison joined NES Chief Executive Caroline Lamb, Chair Lindsay Burley and HAI programme director Gill Walker on the NES stand to talk about how the new resource can help improve patient safety.  The foundation layer is currently available to all Scottish health and social care staff and consists of all 10 Standard Infection Control Precautions.  The intermediate and improvement layers will be available from summer 2018.

At the Mobile Skills Unit, delegates were able see first hand the mid fidelity simulation equipment while on stand 68, colleagues showcased our work on supporting the delivery of person-centred, safe and effective care, before, at and after death, to those who are at the end of life and to the bereaved. 

We presented 4 posters at the event from NES colleagues including one in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde (Integrated Care: Development of the NES Online Palliative Care Medicines Training Series for Health and Social Care Support Staff).

Congratulations go to Richard Cosway and the Psychology team for their poster ‘Training across the Gap’, which was shortlisted as a finalist.

Both days were packed with interesting and useful workshops, including a well-attended session entitled The 'Once for Scotland' Approach - Improving Employment Experiences. This workshop explored how a 'Once for Scotland' approach could be used to improve employment experiences at national, regional and local levels. David McColl, Head of Service - NES Digital explained the benefits of our new digital platform Turas (Scottish Gaelic for 'Journey'), and its role in supporting learning, training and professional development.

Visitors were also able to donate blood at a centre operated by Give Blood Scotland, check out a fully-loaded ambulance, or take a tour around our own mobile skills unit as well as much more.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Event, and to everyone who followed from home via social media. We look forward to seeing many of you there next year.

You can view some photos from the event including posters at


Photo of NES stand and Mobile Skills Unit