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Greater Glasgow Health Board (“the Board”) was established on 1 April 1974, under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1972, with responsibility for providing health care services for the residents of Greater Glasgow. On 1 April 2006, the area covered by the Board was enlarged to include the Clyde area of the former Argyll and Clyde Health Board. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde serves a population of approximately 1.14m. The Board also provides a wide range of regional West of Scotland Services and National services.

The Board is responsible for improving the health of its local population and delivering the healthcare it requires. The overall purpose of the Board is to provide strategic leadership and direction, and ensure the efficient, effective and accountable governance of the local NHS system.

Specific roles of the Board include:

  • improving and protecting the health of the local people;
  • providing an improved health service for local people;
  • focusing clearly on health outcomes and people’s experience of their local NHS system;
  • promoting integrated health and community planning by working closely with other local organisations; and
  • providing a single focus of accountability for the performance of the local NHS system.

The work of the Board includes:

  • strategy development - to develop a single Local Delivery Plan for the area;
  • implementation of the Local Delivery Plan;
  • resource allocation to address local priorities; and
  • performance management of the local NHS system.

The Board remains the largest employer in Scotland with a total of 39,286 staff, including 17,058 nurses and 3,785 medical and dental staff. The Board has a revenue budget of £3,337m and a capital budget of £76.4m, and contracts with 242 Primary Care practices covering 790 GPs.

NHSGGC’s structure comprises an Acute Division and a shared interest with local authority partners in six Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP), which are overseen by Integration Joint Boards. The HSCPs are joint organisations formed with local authority partners, responsible for managing jointly provided services.

The Acute Division and HSCPs have responsibility for delivery of the Board’s business objectives, and our performance against key targets is described later in this report. The Board provides services through 6000 beds across:

  • 9 acute inpatient sites;
  • The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre;
  • 61 health centres and clinics;
  • 10 Mental Health Inpatient sites; and
  • 6 Mental health long stay rehab sites.

The Board delivers (per annum) circa 170,000 emergency medical and 62,000 emergency surgical episodes and 165,000 day cases. We continue to operate one of the busiest A&E/minor injuries units in the U.K with 455,000 attendances, and deliver 400,000 new outpatient attendances.