In April 2020, NHS Grampian formed a Supporting Ethical Decision-Making Group in line with Scottish Government guidance. This guidance has been recently updated and a link to the current version is attached below for information.
The group is chaired by Luan Grugeon, a Non-executive Director of NHS Grampian and Vice-Chair of Aberdeen City Integration Joint Board, and includes members from a diverse range of clinical, public health and social work backgrounds along with lay representation and links with NHS Orkney and Shetland with invites to NHS Western Isles and Highland.
Initially the group met weekly, providing clinical colleagues with support on a wide range of issues, to ensure an ethical approach to decision making within a locally developed and adapted framework (also attached). Referrers to the group have found the advice received back as very supportive and helpful as they navigated the challenges brought about by the initial impact of COVID-19.
Meetings have now moved to monthly, the first Tuesday between 5 – 7 pm on MS Teams and the group is keen to evolve and support the wider impact of the COVID pandemic on the health and wellbeing of all staff and patients on COVID and non-COVID related issues.
The group can be contacted via the updated email address firstname.lastname@example.org with further information on the COVID website.
Referrals can be made using an SBAR format which is included on the website.