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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13500: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much was spent to fund a trip by a team from the Institute for Healthcare Optimisation to visit NHS boards in Scotland as part of the Whole System Patient Flow Improvement Programme; whether it will provide a breakdown of the costs, and which boards the team visited.

Answered by: Shona Robison 24 January 2018

The team from the Institute for Healthcare Optimization provided advice and insight to the following boards: NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Fife, NHS Grampian, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Lothian. They also presented at a national conference attended by staff from across Scotland. The main objective of the visit was the transfer of skills from IHO to NHS Scotland: IHO spoke with over 300 members of staff during the visit, bringing 4 experts to Scotland is more cost effective than sending the staff involved in this work to the USA. Most of the programme is delivered virtually but a visit also enables IHO to visit clinical units to understand our systems and issues at first hand.

Full costs and their breakdown will not be available until all invoices are received and processed. However, at this point, using economy flights as per our expenses policy, accommodation and internal travel booked through the Scottish Government’s travel provider and subsistence, our estimate is £11,200 for the team of 4 people for the visit, arriving pm Sunday, departing am Saturday.

It is estimated that this initiative has saved around £2.8 million per annum in the four pilot boards, and has potentially avoided substantial capital spend. These include creating capacity for an additional 1,072 patient admissions, alongside opportunities to increase elective admissions further by about 2,100 per year without adding resources.