The Scottish Pathway Association
The Scottish Pathway Association (SPA) continues to grow in strength and numbers since hosting the European Care Pathways Conference in Glasgow last year. The national group now has dual representation from almost all NHS Boards in Scotland covering General and Mental Health specialities. SPA continues to work closely with industry partners in providing a platform of support, education and information sharing with regards to pathway developments and implementation.
This year we have supported the development of pathways in Blood Borne Virus/HIV, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Podiatry as well as the ongoing national mental health work led by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. We have reviewed our process for accessing support from the SPA by inviting anyone who requires assistance to attend our national group meetings and present/discuss their work. This approach allows us to tailor support by aligning SPA members with the most appropriate expertise to contribute as required.
Building on relationships from the E-P-A international conference and ISQua 2013 (Edinburgh) where the work and profile of SPA and the E-P-A were well promoted, we have now provided support as far afield as Australia providing information and guidance for developments in Cancer care pathways.
We are in the process of updating our online resource – www.scottishpathways.com and welcome any contact from those interested in care pathways. We would like to thank everyone who participated and contributed the highly successful conference in June last year.