NHS Greater Glasgow is about to undergo a major reorganisation of management structures that will mean improved services for patients and more power being devolved to staff.
Proposals include the merging of the three acute Divisions (North, South and Yorkhill) to create one management body.
The new division will consist of two parts. One will be charged with the delivery of day-to-day delivery of services, with driving down waiting times and with winter bed planning.
It will be made up of a series of directorates, including Emergency Care and Medical Specialties; Access and Surgical Specialties; Older People and Rehabilitation Services; Women and Children's Services; Regional Services (Cancer, Neurosciences, Cardiothoracic and Renal); and Facilities and Diagnostics.
The other part will consist of an acute planning team who will oversee the massive programme of modernisation currently ongoing within NHS Greater Glasgow. This includes the building of the new £100m children's hospital, the £80m new Beatson and the new hospitals at Stobhill and the Victoria as well as the reorganisation of services.
Community health services currently being managed by the Primary Care Division will also undergo change.
NHS Greater Glasgow is already well ahead with plans to replace the Division with nine new Community Health Partnerships and the new Mental Health Partnership. The move will see more power being devolved to staff, more local accountability and improved services to patients.
Tom Divers, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "This is the next stage of the move towards total single system working in Greater Glasgow. By re-organising, we aim to make better use of our resources to improve services for patients, devolve more decision-making to staff, increase consistency or service and reduce duplication."
The details of the plans are still being worked up, but are expected to form the basis of a report being put to NHS Greater Glasgow's Board on December 21, 2004.
If approved, the proposals will then be circulated to staff and other key stakeholders, as part of a formal consultation.
Once the proposals are finalised, it is hoped that the new management structures can start being formed by April next year (2005).