I was unable to attend the inaugural meeting held in December, but made the January meeting. This discussed a number of issues including the forthcoming Scottish NHS Sector Conference (3rd March 2006), the first meeting of SWAG (Scottish Workforce and Staff Governance Committee), updates on the other Scottish NHS Committees (SPF and STAC) and SPRIG.
There was also discussion about the DoH decision not to produce any more Whitley Advance Letters. These were likely to be required in Scotland because of the number of staff who will not have assimilated by 1st April 2006. There is also the situation of those staff currently protected under the Organisational Change Policy who stay on their original payscales and get all pay increases. AfC and connected issues also provided some considerable discussion.
Scottish Health Sector Committee
The next meeting of this group is scheduled for 17th February 2006.
Scottish NHS Sector Conference
It has been announced that the second conference will be held in John Smith House in Glasgow on 3rd March 2006. All accredited representatives are invited to attend.
NES Pharmacy KSF Advice short life working group
Further to discussions with Christine Gilmour at the last Council meeting, I will be representing the GHP on this group. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the January meeting. I cannot make the February meeting either, but I have the papers and will feed any comments back to it.
Association of Scottish Chief Pharmacists
I have attended one meeting of the Acute Group since the last Council meeting. The meeting in January was to be followed by a meeting of the new Scottish Pharmacy Network (SPN). As I was unaware of this, I was unable to attend. However, I hope to be able to make future meetings of the network on which GHP has a seat. The SPN comprises representatives of ASCP, SSiPPHs, SPGC and others and is intended to be a unified voice for pharmacy in Scotland.
The Review of NHS Prescription and Exemption Arrangements in Scotland consultation was issued at the end of January, for comment by early April.
2 February 2006