Our vision is for a sustainable and equitable high quality primary care that meets the needs of the people of Scotland. Working towards this vision the school aspires to be relevant, credible, respected and trusted.
Current strategic objectives
- Inform our key stakeholders by collating relevant available national and international evidence, as well as actively contributing to the growing evidence base.
- Support the continuing growth of Academic Primary Care in Scotland
- Promote Scottish Academic Primary Care Internationally
As in previous years, much academic work is likely to be carried out by collaboration between departments rather than competition. We will also continue to build and develop international academic links.
During the course of 2015, the Scottish Government announced new funding for general practice and primary care services, following representations from both RCGP Scotland and the BMA.
Previous funding streams to the SSPC have been used for research capacity building, the new Government funding is not for capacity-building, but rather funding to evaluate specific themes and projects set by the Government. Currently the programme includes the following:
- International evidence reviews about the role of GP/primary care in addressing key population health challenges. These may include care at home, the frail elderly or emergency admissions.
- Evaluation of new models of care being developed by Scottish Government. Looking at ‘grey literature’ on previous work and tests of change e.g. on new models of care, Links workers projects etc.
- Work on evidence of QOF and relevance to future quality frameworks for general practice in Scotland
- Multimorbidity and its consequences for patients, policy and health planning, especially in an integrated future
- Evidence from other health systems like Switzerland, Holland and Denmark on effectiveness of quality circles or clusters in primary care.
- Contribution to forward planning: what might population health and policies look like in 2030? What does this mean for primary care and mental health services?
Research capacity building remains crucial, and SSPC will continue to lobby for such support, but it should be stressed that the current funding cannot be used directly for this purpose.