Date lodged: 14 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government who has responsibility for ensuring that NHS boards that are subject to Health Improvement Scotland reviews implement the recommendations; how it measures the effectiveness of the implementation, and what action it can take if a board does not comply.
Answered by: Shona Robison 28 June 2017
NHS Boards have a duty to ensure they deliver high quality safe, effective and person centred care and therefore it is their responsibility to act on and implement the recommendations and requirements from a Healthcare Improvement Scotland inspection or review. All Boards are required to have a committee to oversee governance of quality, observe and check on activities being delivered and assure the Board that effective support arrangements are in place and that action is being taken to address any areas of concern.
Follow up activity varies depending on the nature of the review. Healthcare Improvement Scotland are resourced to routinely follow up inspection activity to ensure that requirements and recommendations have been acted upon.
NHS Boards are accountable to Ministers and the Scottish Parliament. If necessary, the Scottish Government can put in place, through existing escalation arrangements, a range of measures and interventions to support improvements in the quality of healthcare.
From 1 April 2018, a Statutory Organisational Duty of Candour will be implemented in Scotland. From that date, it will be a legal requirement for all care providers, including NHS Boards, to review certain types of adverse events, meet personally with those affected and to publish an annual report to support openness and learning.