Holyrood’s Health and Care Festival

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The pandemic has shone a light on the cracks within our health and social care system. It has significantly increased the pressures facing health and care professionals, exacerbated existing health inequalities, and made us reflect on the care and protection offered to those in older age groups.       

As we continue to move through the various stages of the pandemic, the Scottish Government has outlined several steps that it will be taking to strengthen the health and care system and tackle the challenges it faces. This includes increased investment in frontline health services, a new Public Health Bill, and the establishment of a New National Care Service.    

Over three days in September, Holyrood’s first Health and Care Festival will focus in on key areas where improvements are urgently needed.  

Day 1: Primary Care

Day 1 will focus on primary care, with discussion expected on how we can improve ways of working; grow and support the workforce; and seize opportunities from digital technologies.

Day 2: Public Health in partnership with BHF Scotland   

With 1 in 5 non-communicable disease deaths preventable in Scotland, we’ll be considering what action needs to be taken on health harming products, such as unhealthy food, tobacco and alcohol.  

Day 3: Older People’s Health and Wellbeing  

The Scottish Government plans to publish a new Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People later in the year. With this in mind, we will be looking at how we can support older people to age and live well; and access the right health and care services, in the right place, at the right time. 

Day 2 is aimed at people working in the public and third sectors. If you work in the private sector, please contact us directly.

Clare Cook
SPRING Scotland
Alison Leitch
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Maree Todd MSP
Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport
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Sheena Fontana
Scottish Assembly for Older People
Jillian Evans
NHS Grampian
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Simon Fitzpatrick
Chair: Pennie Taylor
Irene Beautyman
Improvement Service & Public Health Scotland
From £195
Reduced Rate


With annual income of less than £1m

1 day £195

2 days £340

3 days £485

Includes on demand access

From £245
Standard Rate

Public sector/voluntary/charitable

With annual income over £1m

1 day £245

2 days £440

3 days £635

Includes on demand access

From £295
Private Sector Rate

Commercial e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

1 day £295

2 days £540

Email to be added to Day 2 waiting list

Includes on demand access

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