Date lodged: 9 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-09095 by Shona Robison on 15 May 2017, how the new GP contract has taken account of the preferred model for delivery of the new social security agency.
Answered by: Shona Robison 22 May 2018
The new Social Security Scotland service will provide people with the information and advice they need for the benefits it will be responsible for. This includes staff being available locally to meet with people and help them complete their applications and provide advice on their payments. These staff will have a presence in every local authority area and work in existing premises and alongside colleagues in health and social care services including links workers, local authorities and the third sector. This will help free up the time of professionals, such as clinical and non-clinical staff, who are involved in helping patients with welfare related issues to concentrate on supporting people in their capacity of medical experts.
The GP Contract accounts increases the role of the multidisciplinary team in and around GP Practices in order to free up GPs to spend more time with patients who need their skills most. It is supported by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Scottish Government, the BMA, Health Boards and Integrated Authorities. This sets out the principles and priorities for services to be locally redesigned where it is safe, sustainable and improves care for patients to do so. Services for priority delivery over the next three years includes providing community links workers to support GP practices or groups of practices. Health Boards and Integrated authorities are developing Primary Care Improvement Plans that will set out how Integration Authorities will deliver these services locally.