Winter planning 2023-24

Closed 14 Jul 2023

Opened 2 Jun 2023

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The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking a short inquiry into winter preparedness and planning within health and social care.


The aim of this inquiry is to review the effectiveness of last year’s winter preparedness plan Winter Resilience Overview 2022-23 and make recommendations for the forthcoming 2023-24 winter plan.

What does the Committee want to know?

This call for evidence will seek opinions on how successful the Scottish Government has been in implementing actions from its eight priorities to support winter resilience across health and care systems.

We are also seeking opinions on what can be done to improve upon winter planning for the coming winter.

  1. Winter Resilience Overview 2022-23
  • How effective were government actions to support winter resilience across health and care systems last year?
  • What additional priorities should inform actions to support winter resilience across our health and care system this year?
  1. Capacity and system flow
  • What were the key factors limiting capacity and delivery in the NHS and social care last winter?
  • Was the flow through the NHS and social care adequately maintained last year?
  • How can capacity be maximised to meet demand, and maintain integrated health and social care services, throughout the coming autumn and winter?
  1. Workforce and staff wellbeing
  • What factors affected the wellbeing of those providing health and social care support, including both paid and unpaid carers, over the 2022-23 autumn and winter periods?
  • What should be done this year to ensure staff wellbeing, and ensure those providing support (in all settings) are able to continue to do so?
  1. Outcomes
  • Were patient outcomes affected last winter, either positively or negatively?
  • What recommendations would you make to ensure services best support vulnerable communities and achieve positive outcomes this year?
  1. Do you have anything else to tell us?

How to submit your views

Please submit your views using the online submission form, linked to below.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. 

The call for views closes on 14 July 2023.


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