NHSScotland Tere for you

The NHS is all about you, whoever you are, and wherever you are

here to serve. But what hasn’t changed is the dedication and compassion of our staff and volunteers. Tey make NHS Scotland what it is today. Every day I see examples of personal commitment and dedication which go far beyond words, but I also know that patients, families and carers are quick to express their gratitude in a myriad of ways. We remain committed to delivering safe,


o be Chief Executive of NHS Scotland as it celebrates its 70th anniversary is an enormous and humbling privilege – and a very real responsibility. NHS

Scotland is one of our best loved institutions, available to touch all of our lives at some point. It’s there for us when we’re born and at every stage of our lives, always striving to provide the highest standards of care when we need it most. Since 1948, the NHS has been on a jour-

ney of improvement and innovation, to meet the changing needs of the people we are

person-centred and effective care. We remain committed to learning from the best examples, nationally and internationally. And we remain committed to ensuring that more people are able to live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting. But I’d never claim that it is all plain sailing. Te changing needs of Scot- land’s population do present challenges. Te demand for services that can support people with multiple and complex health condi- tions is increasing. We still have serious health inequalities in some areas of Scotland. And we don’t always get everything right.

So, transformation is not just desirable – it’s essential. Te models of health and care delivery that served us well in the past are changing to reflect the needs of the future, and to take full advantage of advances in technology, medicines and practices. In this, the Year of Young People, we owe it to future generations to deliver the transformation that will meet their needs.

Our partners in delivering health and care

should also be recognised, as we celebrate this important birthday. Without the help of local government, the third sector, our friends in the blue light services, volunteer first respond- ers and local volunteers, and many others day in and day out, we would be much less than we are. I hope that during this year of the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we can reflect on how far we’ve come in Scotland - and look towards the future. Tat future is one where we can continue on the journey which has seen some of the world’s greatest achievements in health improvement and healthcare. But ultimately, the NHS is all about

people. Te people we serve and care for – the patients, their families and their carers. Te people who work in the NHS, with their unfailing professionalism and kindness, sometimes in the face of pressing need, sometimes in difficult circumstances, some- times with little thanks at the end of the day. Te people who work with us across public services and beyond, the volunteers, and the individuals who give us feedback, or simply say a word of thanks. Te NHS is all about you, whoever you are, and wherever you are.

Paul Gray is Director-General, Health and Social Care, and Chief Executive, NHSScotland.

Te NHS is a ‘gift’ that we must hand to future generations

Committing to the hard work needed

runs through the heart of the health service workforce, from porters through to our sur- geons and specialist clinicians, is remarkable and should never be taken for granted. In Scotland we have so much to be proud


ver the years, many of my family, including me, have worked for the NHS. And, like very many, we have benefitted from it too. So, I have

real and deep admiration for everyone who day after day, gives their skill and energy and compassion to our national health service. Te compassion, care and commitment that

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of – pioneering medical developments, world-leading research produced in our hospitals and universities – all changing the lives of patients not only here, but right across the world. We live in a time where these ground-breaking advances mean peo- ple in Scotland are living longer than at any point in our history. Tat success also brings challenges that mean we need to work hard to make sure we continue to adapt our NHS to meet these evolving needs head on.

Investment in delivering services is necessary, but it must also be twinned with reform. Tat’s why I am so committed to continuing our drive to invest in the suc- cessful integration of health and social care, delivering one of the most ambitious reform programmes our NHS has seen. Health and social care integration will see more people

treated closer to home where possible, and that means implementing a joined-up system of care to make sure people get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. Of course, patient safety will always

remain paramount and our Scottish Patient Safety programme is a global benchmark. We know change of this scale will take time, but our commitment to delivering an NHS that continues to serve the people of Scot- land free at the point of delivery is unwaver- ing and I’m proud to be part of that journey. Our NHS is precious to us and we must

guard it and develop it. Tis anniversary is not only an opportunity for all of us to celebrate all that the NHS in Scotland has achieved over the past seven decades and to give our sincere thanks to everyone who makes our NHS what it is, it is also our op- portunity to commit ourselves to the hard work needed so we hand on this gift to fu- ture generations, as it has been handed to us.

Jeane Freeman is Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport.

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