Published: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
Collaboration is key to success
NHSScotland’s Health and Social Care Delivery Plan was published in 2016 with the aim of high quality services, that have a focus on prevention, early intervention and supported self-management. Where people need hospital care, the aim is for day surgery to be the norm. When longer stays are required, the aim is for patients to be discharged as swiftly as it is safe to do so.
So where does the Golden Jubilee Hospital fit into the plan?
The obvious answer lies with our expansion. This was stated in the 2016 document that “By 2021 we will complete investment in new elective treatment capacity and expand the Golden Jubilee Hospital. Overall this investment will ensure there is high quality and adequate provision of elective care services to meet the needs of an ageing population.”
Our expansion plans are progressing well. We are currently working on the Outline Business Case for our Phase One dedicated Ophthalmology unit, and working on our Initial Agreement document for our Phase Two expansion plans for Orthopaedic and other specialties.
Our Chief Executive, Jill Young, is also helping the Scottish Government by leading the national programme for elective treatment centres, based on our highly successful track record.
Joint working across NHS Boards and Government colleagues is not a new concept. Ten years ago, together with Government, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and NHS Lanarkshire, the Golden Jubilee created the West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre. This is an exceptional example of how services can cross NHS Board boundaries to provide excellent, high quality care.
As a major centre for regional and national services, it’s important that the Golden Jubilee Foundation is involved in a range of meetings that involve colleagues across NHS Boards. The reason it’s important is that it provides us with an opportunity to scope out future collaborations and opportunities, as well as allowing us to voice our unique, experienced and specialist viewpoint on patient care and other service issues.
Collaborative working is key to a modern NHS and we are central to a number of conversations to take this forward. Working with our colleagues has always been one of our strengths and a key factor in our success, and we will continue to develop and support services collectively to benefit patients in the future.