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Quality strategy set out for healthcare in Scotland

by News team

NHS Scotland has published a strategy setting out key priorities and commitments for improving healthcare in Scotland.

“The healthcare quality strategy for NHS Scotland” (PDF 450K) focuses on improving the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of the health sector in Scotland and increasing patients’ input into their own care.

It sets out a number of aims including making the electronic care summary widely available and implementing, in 2011, the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill that was introduced earlier this year (March 2010).

Other aims include:

  • Increasing focus on preventive care and interventions
  • Implementing a self-management strategy
  • Accelerating roll-out of the Scottish patient safety programme in acute care
  • Accelerating medicines reconciliation whenever patients’ care is transferred
  • Improving and embedding patient-reported outcomes across all services

A framework will be developed to help drive and monitor progress with these aims, the strategy says.

A quality alliance will be formed, which will report progress on a regular basis with reference to a small set of high-level quality outcome measures, selected to monitor progress,” it adds.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11010767

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