This seventh edition of the State of NHSScotland Assets and Facilities Report (SAFR) is now widely recognised as a key reference document 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 supporting delivery of the new ‘National Clinical Strategy for Scotland’ and the ‘Health and Social Care Delivery Plan’. These are anticipated to require change to be made to the type and distribution of assets and facilities services, as well as the way in which we prioritise investment in the future.
This year’s report provides an update on the delivery of major infrastructure projects, highlights changes of approach to national and regionally planning to inform future investment plans, and provides a comprehensive asset performance update covering all asset and facilities management issues and initiatives across NHSScotland.
As in previous years, Boards have been highly supportive in recognising the importance of this report and their willingness to provide information to support the detailed scrutiny of performance that underpins the report is to be commended.
Chair of Assets and Facilities Programme Board Chief Executive NHS Lanarkshire
Director of Health Finance and Infrastructure
Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates