About the event

The NHSScotland Event 2017 will be held over two days on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 June 2017 in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow.

The NHSScotland Event is the leading health event in Scotland.  In its twelfth year, the Event continues to be the ‘premier meeting place’ for those committed to providing sustainable high quality health and social care services for the people of Scotland.

Every year, the Event provides the opportunity for those working in and with the NHS in Scotland to come together to consider the challenges, to share best practice and the most innovative approaches to delivering the highest quality of care, and to take away tools and techniques that will support them in their various roles.

This year is no different.  With the theme ‘Working Differently Across Boundaries: Transforming Health and Social Care’ the NHSScotland Event 2017 will focus on the ambitious transformation we have embarked on in Scotland.

Through our 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care, we have set a vision for a healthier Scotland where everyone can live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting – where we have a health and social care system that is integrated, focuses on prevention, anticipation and supported self-management and focuses on  providing the highest standards of quality and safety, whatever the setting, with the people at the centre of all decisions.

We have made good progress. People in Scotland are already living longer, healthier lives as a result of better standards of living, and improvements in our health and social care services.  We have seen significant advances in patient safety and quality, and satisfaction with services is high.

But health and care services in Scotland are changing and must continue to evolve. Demand continues to rise, and so do expectations.  There is widespread agreement that further transformational change is needed in order to deliver safe, affordable and sustainable services in the future.

An ageing population means that we must adapt the way we work so that people living with multiple and complex conditions are supported in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. And while we have made progress on tackling health inequalities, there is still a great deal to be done.

The Event will focus on how we can address these challenges in our journey toward 2020 and beyond, building on our successes and accelerating progress with an approach that balances sustained and targeted investment with transformational and far-reaching reform.

This year’s Event will consider what transformational change work is already underway and working well, and will explore how working in different ways, in new teams and across boundaries can ensure we achieve the aims of better care, better health and better value at pace.