Cabinet Secretary endorses NHS Lanarkshire's healthcare strategy
Plans to improve Lanarkshire’s health services have been endorsed by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robison.
The Cabinet Secretary approved NHS Lanarkshire’s healthcare strategy ‘Achieving Excellence’ saying: “The Board has made a compelling case for change which is consistent with national policy and supported by the majority of local stakeholders, including clinical staff, planning partners, local people and their representatives. “
The Cabinet Secretary’s endorsement notes that 'Achieving Excellence' has been developed using detailed analysis of the current and expected needs of the local population and the process has included meaningful and inclusive engagement and consultation with stakeholders.
The healthcare strategy was approved by the NHS Lanarkshire Board earlier this year. The final version had been amended to take account of the feedback received during last year’s public consultation exercise when nearly two thousand people shared their views on the future development of local health services.
NHS Lanarkshire chief executive Calum Campbell said: “We are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has approved the approach set out in Achieving Excellence to developing local health services.
“The final document is the product of a great deal of planning by health and care professionals that reflects valuable feedback from people across Lanarkshire who participated in the consultation process.
“It puts us in an excellent position to continue to evolve and improve our services for the people of Lanarkshire.
“We are now working to implement the strategy and will ensure stakeholders are kept fully informed and involved as this work progresses.”
The goal through ‘Achieving Excellence’ is to shift the balance away from treatment in hospitals. This includes preventing ill-health in the first instance and developing enhanced community services where people are looked after at home or in homely settings.
NHS Lanarkshire is working jointly with Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership to implement the plans.
The health strategy is both aligned to and dependent upon the strategic commissioning plans of the two health and social care partnerships.
NHS Lanarkshire made a commitment in ‘Achieving Excellence’ that Wishaw General, Hairmyres and Monklands Hospital will all continue to deliver emergency care with each hospital including:
- a consultant-led emergency department
- acute medical and surgical services
- diagnostics and imaging
- operating theatres and critical care
- outpatient services.
The revised strategy is being taken forward by groups leading on the following key areas: building community capacity; long-term conditions; acute planned care; mental health and learning disabilities; maternity and early years, frailty; workforce; infrastructure; finance; and engagement and communications.
This work will inform the plans set out in the strategy to replace or redevelop Monklands Hospital.
Achieving Excellence sets out that hospital care will be organised into centres of excellence to provide specialised clinical services for patients.
This includes specific plans to create a trauma site at Wishaw General Hospital and carry out an options appraisal to identify whether the local elective orthopaedic centre of excellence should be best located at Hairmyres Hospital or Monklands Hospital.
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgical Services successfully moved to Hairmyres Hospital and Wishaw General Hospital as an interim measure in November 2016.
In support of the strategy, work is already underway jointly between NHS Lanarkshire Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Scottish Ambulance Service and community transport providers to improve transport to health services.