This is the second report by the Transformation Support Team ( TST) on the progress NHS Tayside has made to implement the Assurance and Advisory Group's ( AAG) recommendations as contained in their Staging Report. 
The purpose of this report is to inform the AAG, who have been asked by Paul Gray, Director General Health and Social Care, and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland, to provide a second report on NHS Tayside's progress, as at the end of December 2017. This report sets out the methodology we have adopted, our overall assessment of the NHS Tayside's progress to date and identifies some key themes which may have wider resonance for NHS Scotland. The main body of the document follows broadly the same format as our first progress report;  it is broken down into the 10 recommendations from the Staging Report which apply to NHS Tayside and sets out NHS Tayside's self-assessment of the progress that they have made against each recommendation. This is followed by the TST's analysis of the progress which we assess as having been made by NHS Tayside against each recommendation.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board Members and staff from across NHS Tayside who have recognised the significant challenges they face, and who have co-operated wholeheartedly with the TST to address these challenges. It is their efforts that have produced the progress outlined in the following report.
Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude to the members of the TST: Barbara Anne Nelson, Director of Workforce, NHS Fife and Professor Alex McMahon, Executive Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals, NHS Lothian. My thanks are also extended to Alan Gray, Director of Finance, NHS Grampian (a member of the TST until early September); also Alpana Mair and Simon Hurding from the Effective Prescribing and Therapeutics Branch in the Scottish Government. All these colleagues provided invaluable expertise and support to NHS Tayside.
Chief Executive, NHS Education for Scotland
Chair, NHS Tayside Transformation Support Team