An improved service for older patients in the North East of Glasgow moved a step closer today (Thursday, 15 June) as the Board of NHSGGC unanimously approved proposals for the modernisation of rehabilitation services in the area.
The decision follows an extensiveprogramme of engagement and a formal three month consultation on the proposed service changes which will deliver:-
The Board heard that the proposals would result in better outcomes for patients and have the full support of specialists in care of older people, including medics, nurses and AHPs as well as local GPs and the Board’s clinical advisory committees.
As a sign of the Board’s commitment to the area, the meeting also saw members welcome and give their support to the development of a new health and social care hub for the east end of Glasgow.
A project board will now be set up to oversee the development of the new health and care hub, which will bring an investment of approximately £40 million for new health and social care facilities to the area.
Jane Grant, NHSGGC chief executive, said: “I welcome these two significant decisions which signal real progress in improving health and social care services for the people of the east end of Glasgow.
“The proposed hub will give a real opportunity to further integrate health and social care services to the benefit of patients ad service users.
“The rehabilitation service changes that we are now recommending to the Cabinet Secretary are clinically driven and were developed with the multi-disciplinary team of consultants, nurses and allied health professionals delivering the current services.
“They are consistent with the national clinical strategy and delivery plan which have set a clear direction to shift care from acute hospitals to community services delivered by the Health and Social Care Partnerships.
“While Lightburn Hospital and its staff are valued by patients, the service model no longer fits with modern healthcare.
“The consultation gave us the opportunity to engage with service users and their family and friends to understand their feelings on the proposal and we listened and responded to feedback throughout the process.
“The feedback was heartening in that there was a good understanding of the clinical reasons in addition to an appreciation of the consultation process itself.
“I am grateful to everyone who contributed to this process and for their invaluable feedback.”
The Board ran the consultation process, including public events and drop in sessions, from February until May. Patient and public partner members of the Stakeholder Reference Group ensured all elements of the consultation were driven by a patient and community perspective.
The Scottish Health Council confirmed the consultation met the national guidance requirements.
A public health assessment was also made of the impact of the proposed changes on health inequalities in the area. This found that the overall impact of the potential closure of the site on local employment to be minimal as staff affected would be covered by our commitments as part of our redeployment policy.
The Board agreed however that it would engage with, and support, community planners in regenerating the area, should the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport agree to the service changes.
The Board will now submit its decision to the Cabinet Secretary and ask her to consider the proposed changes.
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NHS Scotland’s national blueprint states wherever possible people should be supported to live at home or in a homely setting.
It also outlines that more people should be cared for in the community and not in hospital.
Scotland’s hospitals should only be for patients who need the specialist skills of hospital teams supported by the full range of technology, laboratories, and support services.
These service changes are in line with the national clinical strategy and national delivery plan to provide care for older people which will enable them to stay in their own home or have care provided in a more homely setting, accessing acute hospital services only when essential.