Welcome and Introduction

10:00 - 11:00

Welcome and Introduction

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. 

Address from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

Mr Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care will set out his priorities for pandemic recovery and reform.

Recovering From Covid – Experiences from the Front Line

In this part of the session, delegates will hear directly from staff working on the front line, and will gain insight into the extraordinary approaches taken to ensure patient safety and care throughout the challenges of the (COVID-19) pandemic. It will highlight innovative techniques that offered resilience and longer term recovery, and will include experiences from ICU, Social Care and Primary Care.

Caroline Lamb

Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General Health and Social Care, Scottish Government


Caroline was appointed as Chief Executive NHS Scotland and Director General of Health and Social Care in January 2021.

Humza Yousaf MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Scottish Government


Humza Yousaf was previously Minister for Transport and the Islands, and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in June 2018.

Dr John R Colvin

Consultant Anaesthetist and Senior Medical Advisor Scottish Government Health Workforce, Chair – ICU Resilience and Support Group, Scottish Government


Dr John R Colvin has been a Senior Medical Advisor in Scottish Government Health Workforce Directorate since 2013.

Paul O’Neill

Service Manager, NHS Lanarkshire


Paul is a service manager within the Discharge Without Delay and Home First Services in Lanarkshire working with primary care, acute care and social care colleagues to improve the delivery of health and social care services and delayed discharge performance.