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National Neurological Advisory Group March Update

The NNAG Project Co-ordinator, Paula Aldin-Scott started her role in February 2013 and her first task was to prepare for the forthcoming NNAG meeting.

The NNAGmeeting was well attended with Neurological Voice Representatives speaking on behalf of patients and carers. The meeting focused down to consider the workstreams of the group, these are to be:

  • Person Centred
  • Condition Specific

The Recommendations from the HIS Neurological Services in Scotland Final Report July 2012 have been used to inform the development of these workstreams. Alliance Chair, Craig Stockton is taking up the role of Convener for the Person Centred Workstream and Vice Chair, Tanith Muller along with Christine Carlin from Alliance member organisation the MS Society, will be Joint Conveners of the Condition Specific Workstream. The Conveners along with the Project Co-ordinator will speak with members of both the NNAG and Neurological Voices to bring together individuals who can help take this work forward.

The Operational Management Group (OMG), chaired by Susan Walker from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has had a busy couple of months and have met twice this year so far. The initial focus of the OMG Sub Group was to agree a manageable workplan to help support the improvement of services and therein provide better outcomes for neurological patients and their unpaid carers. The workplan includes: regular reports to NNAG; review of NHS Board Plans; DCAQ; Data and Audit; staffing and the workforce; feedback systems; functional symptoms; and learning and sharing.

The OMG Sub Group has recently held its second meeting of the year. Covering two workplan areas they received presentations on: Highlights of the Progress NHS Boards have made and Meeting HIS Functional Symptoms Standards through Partnership Working. It was agreed that presentations on themes within the workplan for future meetings were valuable in creating discussion and learning within the group, that could be shared with colleagues in other services across neurology.

Both OMG Sub Group meetings were well attended and Neurological Voices were well represented.

The Project Co-ordinator has been out and about meeting people to help her build relationships, knowledge and support for the work of the NNAG, its OMG Sub Group and Workstreams.

For further information contact Paula Aldin -Scott on 07734996210 -or email

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