Registration is now open for the virtual NHS Scotland Event 2021, which will take place online from 22 – 24 June. This year’s Event programme will provide opportunities to reflect on what we can achieve when we work together to Re-mobilise, Recover and Re-design.

Every year, the Event provides the opportunity for those working in and with the NHS in Scotland to come together to consider the challenges, to share best practice and the most innovative approaches to delivering the highest quality of care, and to take away tools and techniques that will support them in their various roles.

Following the postponement of the 2020 Event due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the ongoing challenges faced by our health and social care staff, the decision was made to run the 2021 Event virtually.

The virtual NHS Scotland Event promises to deliver the same engaging programme content and impactful connections with peers in a dynamic, digital setting that will be accessible from anywhere.

The NHS Scotland Event 2021 will focus on what we have learned so far during COVID-19: the importance of kindness, of working together, of breaking down barriers and silos, of re-discovering our shared purpose. It will showcase the work being done to recover while maintaining the progress made in re-designing services to improve access to services, to integrate care and to provide the highest quality person-centred, safe and effective health and care services as we move into a post-COVID world.

Each day of the Event will start and end with a keynote session featuring a number of inspiring speakers.

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General Health and Social Care will welcome delegates to this year’s NHS Scotland Event, setting out the programme for the days ahead.

She will also take the opportunity to reflect on the contribution of our people over the last year as well as discussing the establishment of the new National Care Service.

Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, will also feature within the programme and will reflect on the achievements of the past year and set out his priorities for the future.

Each day will also feature a number of sessions which have been designed around the theme of the Event and will draw on the very real examples of excellent practice across NHS Scotland and its partners. Some of these themes will include mental health and wellbeing for staff and patients, addressing health inequalities, the re-design of urgent care, the importance of leadership and collaborative working and many more.

This year’s Event will showcase the incredible response from our colleagues and their ability to adapt to ever changing circumstances and embrace new methods of how care is delivered. Examples will include the rapid re-design of services, implementation of innovative technologies, and the expansion of digitally enabled services.

Delegates will also have the option to attend spotlight sessions. Each spotlight session will include presentations from a wide range of organisations all looking to share their experiences of the last year and how they are looking to Re-mobilise, Recover and Re-design.

We’re delighted to confirm that, even in our new virtual format, the Posters will still feature as one of our key elements of the Event programme – and will continue to form an integral part of best practice, learning and sharing at the Event. Delegates will be able to view over 300 ePosters and engage directly with ePoster authors via the virtual platform.

This year’s Event will also feature an Exhibition area. Here, exhibitors will showcase their products and services, and will have the opportunity to engage directly with delegates through the dedicated message portal.

Once registered, delegates will have the opportunity to build a personal profile within the platform in advance of the live Event to network, engage and establish new connections.

Although we are not meeting in-person there are still many opportunities to network and engage – delegates can:

  • Submit Questions. Join the discussion by putting forward questions to speakers during live sessions;
  • Look Up Other delegates. On the Virtual Platform view the list of delegates who have chosen to have a visible profile. Look for colleagues old and new and those with similar interests. Send them a message or set up a meeting.
  • Post comments on the Virtual Platform or start a Discussion Forum.
  • Engage with our Exhibitors. Visit the virtual exhibition and learn about their services
  • Engage on Twitter @NHSScotEvents #nhsscot21 and share insights from the Event.
  • Engage with ePoster authors by visiting the Online Poster Showcase

Visit to find out more about the programme and how to register.