Policy can sometimes feel very removed from the delivery of healthcare. This unit aims to help you understand the important relationship between policy and delivery at a local level. Understanding national targets will strengthen your ability to ensure these are met locally.

When you are planning your activities to meet the learning outcomes, you should consider the level of learning that you want to achieve. You will find the Get Started and Gaining Credit pages of Flying Start NHS® useful. Additionally, the Post Registration Career Development Framework for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals and Effective Practitioner websites will help you to you to assess learning needs and plan for your continuing development beyond Flying Start NHS®.


To understand the policy and organisational context of health and social care in NHS Scotland.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this unit, and following a period of reflective practice you will be able to:

  • Understand and critically reflect on the policy context within NHS Scotland and apply this understanding in practice
  • Identify and critically evaluate local policies that are designed to enhance person-centred  care
  • Understand and contribute to the process of consultation in NHS Scotland
  • Know how to contribute to influencing future policy and service provision within your healthcare setting and identify how to contribute