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In April 2012, as part of the Scottish Government’s 2020 Vision, we launched a Clinical Services Review to consider how best to deliver services to meet the changing needs of patients beyond 2015 to 2020.
The review was led by NHS clinicians with significant detailed involvement from patient groups, special interest groups, the third sector and the public and has led to the Clinical Services Strategy.
Together they analysed the changing population needs, the modernisation of approaches to care and technological developments and how best to deliver sustainable, safe and effective services going forward.
Now the review has been approved and the final clinical strategy document is published. It was shared widely with all stakeholders during April 2015.
The clinical strategy will provide the opportunity to engage with the six new Integration Joint Boards (local authority social care and NHS community care integrated boards) across Greater Glasgow and Clyde to adopt this as a shared clinical strategy to work together on planning services changes as we go forward from 2015 to 2020.
It will provide a platform for the review of clinical services across NHSGGC. It is the blueprint to develop innovative and redesigned services to meet future demands of the population we serve.
In addition, the innovative new approaches being trialled in Renfrewshire to integrate community health services, social care and the acute hospital teams will influence a new approach for our entire board area.
The work that has gone into this intense and crucial review is the bedrock of how we will plan to deliver and plan clinical services to meet all of our hospital and community health needs.
The clinical Review Report sets out high quality models of care from better prevention and self management right through to highly specialised hospital care and is evidence based with learning on what works across the UK and beyond.
On behalf of NHSGGC I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in leading and shaping this work. The input from staff in hospitals and in the community along with patients and public representatives, special interest groups and charities has been invaluable.
Dr Jennifer L. Armstrong,
Medical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde