Publication - Strategy/plan

Driving improvement, delivering results: healthcare science national delivery plan 2015–2020

Published: 12 May 2015
Directorate:
Community Health and Social Care Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781785443091

Scottish healthcare science national delivery plan 2015–2020 to drive improvement and maximise the contribution of healthcare science.

34 page PDF

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34 page PDF

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Contents
Driving improvement, delivering results: healthcare science national delivery plan 2015–2020
Executive Summary

34 page PDF

650.2 kB

Executive Summary

The overall aim of the Scottish Healthcare Science National Delivery Plan 2015-2020 is to drive improvement and maximise the contribution of healthcare science to the delivery of sustainable and coherent teams and services that will promote the overall ambitions of NHSScotland.

The Delivery Plan creates the framework for improvement programmes that will take their place within the national culture of improvement in Scotland. Improvement programmes in streamlining health technology management, point-of-care testing, demand optimisation, developing sustainable services and creating a new integrated model for clinical physiology are described, with timescales for delivery between 2015 and 2020. The programmes will make a real contribution to achieving high-quality, sustainable and effective health and care services.

Table ES1 summarises the deliverables for the five improvement programmes, detailing responsibilities for NHS boards and their healthcare science leads, managers and heads of service.

Table ES1. National improvement programmes 2015-2020

Improvement programme

Deliverables

Full implementation by end of:

Streamlining health technology management

Deliverable 1

NHS board healthcare science leads will work with stakeholders to deliver a high-quality, sustainable, coherent and whole-systems approach to the management of health technology.

2020

Point-of-care testing

Deliverable 2

NHS board healthcare science leads will work with medical directors and clinical teams to develop a local implementation plan that ensures clinical governance and effective roll-out of point-of-care testing.

2020

Demand optimisation

Deliverable 3

NHS board healthcare science leads will work with stakeholders to develop local improvement plans to reduce unnecessary testing across primary and secondary care. This will free-up capacity to address rising demand and deliver testing that positively affects the patient pathway, supports primary care preventive measures and reduces hospital referrals and admissions.

2019

Developing sustainable services

Deliverable 4

NHS board healthcare science leads will work with stakeholders to explore new and developing healthcare science roles that support areas of service pressure and have the potential to free-up medical capacity, with the initial focus on histopathology services.

2019

A new integrated model for clinical physiology services

Deliverable 5

NHS board healthcare science leads will work with stakeholders to develop a sustainable integrated service model to enhance clinical physiology service delivery and quality.

2020

Support for implementation in NHS boards will be provided by the National Healthcare Science Officer and the three national healthcare science leads, who will work collaboratively with NHS board healthcare science leads and the healthcare science workforce.


Contact

Email: Julie Townsend