The Scottish National Care Service Bill: After the delay, what is coming for care?

Tuesday 23rd April 2024
The Scottish National Care Service Bill: After the delay, what is coming for care?

The Scottish National Care Service was supposed to 'go live' in 2025-26.  However, serious concerns on governance, staffing and funding led to a rethink, renegotiation and reshaping of the proposal.  It now faces a new target date of 2028-29.  No staff transfers are now proposed, and a new National Care Service Board is to oversee reformed local integration authorities and the co-design of all aspects of structure and services delivery.  So, what is the proposal as it now stands and what will it mean for care providers and consumers?

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Understanding what AI will really mean for Scotland's public services, charities and businesses

Tuesday 14th May 2024
Understanding what AI will really mean for Scotland's public services, charities and businesses

AI is already here and every public, private and third sector body in Scotland has to understand what it is going to mean for them. Its impact will be deep and wide ranging, so what do organisations need to do to understand it, react to it and adapt to it?

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Freedom of Information in Scotland: what’s happening now and what’s coming next?

Tuesday 28th May 2024
Freedom of Information in Scotland: what’s happening now and what’s coming next?

Freedom of Information in Scotland has become both an effective tool for public accountability in Scotland and a growing demand on the resources of our public sector bodies. However, questions over compliance, scope, operation and cost have increasingly come to the fore. What do Scottish bodies covered by FOI – and others that may be pulled into its reach – need to know about where we stand and what may be coming next?

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Emergency and Resilience Practitioners in Scotland in 2024: Understanding and meeting the challenges ahead

Tuesday 04th June 2024
Emergency and Resilience Practitioners in Scotland in 2024: Understanding and meeting the challenges ahead

Emergency planning, resilience, business continuity and risk reduction are the activities we plan, practice and train for in the hope they will never be needed.  They mitigate the worst when it happens and bring assurance and stability when it does not.  However, the threats presented to normal order are magnified by local, national and international events which can bring instability to our own front door.  The consequences of globally linked economies in bad times.  The potential public health effects of diseases on intimately linked societies.  Open and interwoven digital worlds across national borders.  A destabilised international order.  Increasingly turbulent effects of climate change.  The impact of economic downturn on lower public investment and safety and quality outcomes.  Then there are the kinds of accidents and disasters which can occur in good or bad times.  So how do we plan for the unexpected, ensure that we learn from every opportunity, collaborate to maximise best practice and keep our emergency planning and resilience practitioners, and our responders at every tier, well-resourced and able to prevent and react?

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Scottish School Business Management in 2024: Surviving or thriving?

Thursday 12th September 2024
Scottish School Business Management in 2024: Surviving or thriving?

Managing our schools well is critically important, but the challenge is getting harder with constrained resources and a variety of increasing demands.  More of everything is needed, so what is the way forward?

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Closing Scotland's Poverty and Attainment Gap: What's working and how do we build on it?

Tuesday 29th October 2024
Closing Scotland's Poverty and Attainment Gap: What's working and how do we build on it?

The 2016 Programme for Government pledged to substantially eliminate the poverty and attainment gap within a decade.  A tough enough challenge to achieve.  Since then, COVID has impacted massively on education, childhood development, the economy, incomes, benefits and curriculum delivery.  So where do we now stand in attempting to eradicate by 2026 what may be the biggest driver of long term inequality in Scotland?

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