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Publication Date: 13/01/2010 

NHS Lanarkshire national review 

NHS Lanarkshire praised for providing safe and effective services 


Paul Wilson: “The QIS review should help further improve the patients’ and public’s confidence in their local health service in Lanarkshire.” 

NHS Lanarkshire has been praised for providing safe and effective services in a national report published on Wednesday 6 January 2010.

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS) assessed the health board’s clinical governance and risk management performance following a visit from inspectors in September.

And NHS Lanarkshire was commended for its work in improving patient care.

Paul Wilson, NHS Lanarkshire’s executive director of nurses, midwives and allied health professions (NMAHP), led the QIS review group.

He said: “This review gave us the chance to demonstrate improvements in the systems of care and treatment of patients over the last three years within Lanarkshire and we are delighted that these have been recognised.”

Elizabeth McGonigal, clinical audit coordinator (standards and reviews), added: “During the panel’s visit we had to provide evidence of the progress made and they were impressed with the work being carried out.

“The QIS review is really important because it should help to further improve the patients’ and public’s confidence in their local health service in Lanarkshire.”

The QIS review assessed the clinical governance and risk management performance of NHS Lanarkshire against national standards.

The last QIS review of clinical governance and risk management took place in September 2006 and the health board was awarded a score of six.

This time a score of nine has been awarded, which is line with NHS Lanarkshire’s HEAT target.

Pam Milliken, head of clinical governance and risk management, said: “We are delighted with the results of the review which shows we have the correct systems in place so that we can continuously monitor the care we provide to improve quality.”

To see the full report visit the QIS website at www.nhshealthquality.org