NHS Scotland and Friends Global Citizenship Conference 2020

This annual event, held virtually on 2 November 2020, brought together Scotland’s Global Citizenship community to recognise and showcase the work of NHS Scotland staff and others to promote global health in low and middle income countries.

We were joined by a range of speakers from Scotland and other leading global health organisations to reflect on the learning from Scotland’s enduring commitment to global citizenship.

As well as celebrating the incredible contribution of NHS Scotland staff, this event provided a valuable opportunity to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on those involved in global health volunteering and partnership working.

Alongside the event we also invited delegates to submit a short abstract detailing their achievements in advancing global citizenship at home or overseas. These abstracts will be collated in an online book, to be published in 2021, celebrating the commitment and dedication of staff to furthering global health goals as part of the NHS Scotland Global Citizenship programme.

This event was co-hosted by the Scottish Government Global Health Co-ordination Unit and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Agenda Speaker Presentation
Opening remarks Professor John Brown, CBE, Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Chair of NHS Scotland Global Citizenship Programme View
Welcome address Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland View
Keynote – Quality Health Services in the COVID-19 world & facilitated Q&A session Dr Shams Syed, Quality Team Lead within the Department of Integrated Health Services in the UHC & Life Course Division at WHO
Q&A facilitated by Professor Liz Grant, Assistant Principal and Professor of Global Health and Development, University of Edinburgh
Global Citizenship – Scotland’s International Development Strategy Rt Hon Jenny Gilruth MSP, Minister for Europe and International Development
Panel Discussion – Learning through sharing – global citizenship at home and abroad in COVID Panel:
Mr Mike McKirdy, Director of Global Health, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Dr Rhona MacDonald, Honorary Executive Director and Chair of Trustees, Maternal & Childheath Advocacy International (MCAI)
Professor Heather Cubie, MBE, Chair, Scotland-Malawi Partnership
Discussion facilitated by Dr Emily Broadis, Speciality Registrar in Public Health, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Keynote – Learning through action and Q&A session David Pencheon, Honorary Professor in Health and Sustainable Development at the University of Exeter Q&A facilited by Dr Sara Davies, Consultant in Public Health, Scottish Government View
Closing remarks Rt Hon Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
Next steps Professor Angela Thomas, OBE, Acting President of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh