This is the fourth year that the State of NHSScotland Assets and Facilities Report has been published. The report is now widely recognised as a key reference document which is used to inform decisions on the continuing investment in assets and facilities services to deliver the Scottish Government's "2020 Vision" for sustainable high quality in health. Getting the right assets and facilities services in place will be central to achieving the "2020 Vision" and will require major change to the type and distribution of assets and facilities services and the way in which we prioritise investment in the future.
This year's report builds on the work of previous years, focussing on monitoring and comparing year on year performance on a comprehensive basis across the totality of NHSScotland's assets and facilities services. The report presents a detailed and rigorous scrutiny of asset performance. In doing so it increases our understanding and knowledge of the contribution that ongoing investment in assets and facilities services is making to the delivery of the long-term goals of improving the quality of the healthcare environment, shifting the balance of care closer to home, meeting environmental commitments and delivering value for money through increased productivity and efficient use of resources.
The Report provides a range of information that should help Boards to target limited resources on achieving maximum benefit and value for money from investment.
As in previous years, Boards have been highly supportive in recognising the importance of this report and their willingness to provide information and to support the detailed scrutiny of performance that underpins the report is to be commended.
Chair of Assets & Facilities Programme Board
Chief Executive NHS Borders
Health and Social Care
Email: Gillian McCallum