Between April and June 2019, three groups of randomly selected members of the public met in different parts of Scotland to learn about and discuss the question:
What should primary health care look like for the next generation?
Each group of 10-15 people met twice on two different Saturdays in:
- – Cambuslang (South Lanarkshire)
- – Dunfermline (Fife)
- – Inverurie (Aberdeenshire)
The report has now been published and can be viewed here. This is informing the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee and its inquiry into the future of primary care – read more about the Committee’s inquiry.
What did the events involve?
These events brought together people from a wide range of backgrounds to discuss the future of primary care in Scotland. Participants learned about the issues and discussed them a group. At the end they considered everything they had heard and identified the most important themes and questions that they wanted the Health and Sport Committee to consider.
Why hold these events?
We know that some people find it more difficult to become involved in our work than others. If you live a long way from the Scottish Parliament building, for example, then getting here can seem too time-consuming and expensive. We also know that the jargon we use, and the way that we work, can be off-putting for some people.
Events like these are designed to make it easier for everyone across Scotland to have the chance to get involved in our work and to overcome some of the barriers people have told us they have experienced in the past.
When and where were the events held?
The events took place on
- – Saturday 27 April and Saturday 1 June at Whitlawburn Community Resource Centre, Cambuslang
- – Saturday 11 May and Saturday 8 June at the Carnegie Library & Galleries, Dunfermline
- – Saturday 18 May and Saturday 15 June at the Fly Cup, Inverurie
How did you ensure that the events were accessible?
All transport and lunch costs were paid by the Scottish Parliament. After the event, participants also received £100 to thank them for their time.
Who could apply?
In each area, invitations were sent to 2500 randomly generated households, drawn from the Royal Mail’s address database. Any voting age (16+), permanent resident in Scotland living in a household that received an invitation could apply, with a few exceptions set out below:
- – employees of the Scottish Government
- – employees of the UK Government
- – Members of the Scottish Parliament
- – Members of the UK Parliament
- – Local Authority councillors
From those who responded, a sample was selected at random to take part in the events. This random selection was weighted to make sure that there was a good mix of gender, age and background.