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S5W-21814: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a recent Healthcare Improvement Scotland report, which states that “to improve care, NHS Grampian must ensure that older people who are admitted to hospital are accurately assessed within the national standard recommended timescales".

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 5 March 2019

In response to a Press and Journal article of 21 February 2019 regarding the Older People in Acute Hospitals inspection report at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, a Scottish Government spokesperson said: We welcome the positive progress NHS Grampian has demonstrated in this area. It is vitally important that our elderly and most vulnerable patients receive the best care available .

These inspections, together with the staffing legislation we will introduce, aim to directly support and continue to improve the treatment of older people in our services. The national standards describe what NHS Boards should do to ensure care is person-centred, safe and effective.

We are investing in the development of a care improvement and assurance, framework, Excellence in Care, to support nurses to understand the quality of care they are providing and to take any necessary action to ensure patient care is of the highest standard.”

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), on behalf of the Scottish Government, carry out a programme of unannounced inspections. They measure NHS boards against a range of standards, best practice statements and other national documents relevant to the care of older people in acute hospitals, including the Care of Older People in Hospital Standards. One of the areas assessed is screening and initial assessment.

As a result of the inspection at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, HIS received an improvement action plan from NHS Grampian which is In line with HIS processes. HIS will check progress against the plan after 16 weeks and will continue to monitor action with the board, and if required, carry out a follow up inspection.