This seminar, run by What Works Scotland in partnership with ScotPHN and NHS Health Scotland, will examine issues around changing the balance of spend to emphasise prevention and to shift the balance of care away from hospitals into social care in the community. It will consider the assumptions around disinvestment, and how to measure and realise potential savings in prevention.

There is a current emphasis on prevention and shifting the balance of care away from hospitals into social care in the community. To change the balance of spend in this way, in an era of tight fiscal constraints, depends on releasing resources from current (less valuable) uses of resources to invest in (more valuable) alternatives. But prevention and new forms of care in the community are not just seen as areas for additional investment. They are also seen as offering potential to make the savings necessary to fund that investment.

This seminar will discuss some of the beliefs and assumptions implicit in this narrative. It will try and achieve a common understanding of the different terms used in the discussion: prevention, savings, disinvestment etc. It will also focus on how to measure and how to realise potential savings, recognising that this raises both economic and political/stakeholder issues.

Our speakers offer a range of perspectives relevant to this policy area. The topics covered will include:

  • Hospital change and closure in Scotland: studying the policy and politics of disinvestment – Ellen Stewart, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • An economic framework for priority setting – Marissa Collins, Yunus Centre for Social Business and Heath
  • What (HTA) methods have been used in disinvestment in health care? –  Janet Boutell, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

The day will bring together economists, public and third sector service providers, policymakers and academics with an interest in this subject.

  • Date: Monday 30 April 2018, 9:30-12:30 (Registration from 9.30am with the programme starting at 10am)
  • Location: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow

Places are free but limited. Please register on Eventbrite.

There will be a networking lunch at the end of the seminar, from 1pm.