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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16693: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the commitment made by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport in a letter to the Convener of the Health and Sport Committee on 22 March 2016 in response to the committee's evidence session on palliative care, what progress is being made with its work with NHS Lothian "to take forward a VOICES type survey...to capture end of life experiences of family members and carers who have been bereaved", and what plans it has to roll out the findings of this to the other NHS boards.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 May 2018

The Scottish Government provided funding to NHS Lothian in 2017 to support the addition of a VOICES survey component into an evaluation of several other methods of capturing bereaved carer feedback. This work is being taken forward by NHS Lothian and is supported by the City of Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, and by Marie Curie.

Extensive preparatory work is required to conduct this study and this is underway. Navigating this process and identifying potential barriers and solutions to the effective administration of such surveys will be one of the key lessons from this project.

The Scottish Government looks forward to receiving the findings of the study in due course.