Developments in Immunisation

Meningococcal ACWY

To respond to an increase in cases of meningococcal group W (Men W) in the UK, Scotland introduced a one year catch up programme to vaccinate all 14 – 18 year olds in Scotland with Men ACWY vaccine. The Men ACWY vaccine will replace Men C vaccine given at around age 14 under the routine childhood vaccination schedule.

Meningococcal B

Scotland became one of the first countries in the world to introduce a Men B vaccine to the routine childhood vaccination schedule, immunising infants aged 2, 4 and 12 months.

Health and Social Care Partnerships put Integrated Service Plans in Place

By 1 April 2016, the new Health and Social Care Partnerships are required to have all arrangements for integrated health and social care services in place in their local area.

Each partnership area will make decisions about, and control the budget for, the delivery of integrated services in their local area. Both health and local government, plus the third sector and service users are represented in each partnership.

Developments in Immunisation


Since the vaccine was introduced in Scotland in 2013, the number of laboratory confirmed cases in infants has fallen by more than 80 per cent. Babies are given an oral dose of the vaccine at two and three months of age as part of the routine childhood programme.


The shingles (herpes zoster) programme was introduced on September 1, 2013 and immunisation is offered to those aged 70 with a catch up programme over the next few years to immunise those between 71 and 79.

Developments in Immunisation

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccine in Pregnant Women

The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland

The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland

The Healthcare Quality Strategy was launched in May 2010. It provides the basis for the people who deliver healthcare services in Scotland to work with partners and the public towards three Quality Ambitions and a shared vision of world-leading safe, effective and person-centred healthcare.

Scottish Patient Safety Programme

Scottish Patient Safety Programme

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) was launched in 2008 in acute care and is internationally recognised as the first national programme to systematically improve the safety and reliability of hospital care. There are five work-streams: Peri-operative, Critical Care, General Ward, Medicines Management and Leadership.

Scotland's Hepatitis C Action Plan

Launched in 2008, the Action Plan aimed to significantly increase treatment, diagnosis and prevention of hepatitis C in Scotland. As a result of the plan the number of people being treated for the disease has more than doubled to over 1,000 a year, and the numbers of people being tested and diagnosed has significantly increased.

Smoking Ban introduced

The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act aims to cut Scotland’s high death rate from smoking-related diseases.

Chief Medical Officer Mac Armstrong describes the ban as bringing “far and away the most important improvement in our health in a generation”.

There is large cross-party agreement on such a measure. The impetus, initially from a Private Member’s Bill, is developed into legislation by the Scottish Executive and a complete ban is approved by Parliament.

A Mutual NHS introduced

The action plan for Better Health, Better Care is launched in December 2007.

Stronger public involvement is a key theme – improving patients’ experience, clearer patients’ rights and enhanced local democracy such as through direct elections to health boards. And independent scrutiny of proposals for major service changes.


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