Scottish Executive (UK)

National Health Service of Scotland – United Kingdom

NHS Scotland under the direction of the Scottish Government is responsible for ensuring that all 5 million citizens in Scotland receive the health services that they need. Local delivery is devolved to the 14 regional health boards where hospital, community and primary care services are organised.

The strategic agenda for healthcare services is focused around 3 quality ambitions.

  • Effective – The most appropriate treatments, interventions, support and services will be provided at the right time to everyone who will benefit and wasteful or harmful variation will be eradicated

  • Person centred – Mutually beneficial partnerships between patients, their families and those delivering healthcare servicers which respect individual needs and values and which demonstrate compassion, clear communications and shared decision making

  • Safe – There will be no avoidable injury or harm to people from healthcare, advice or support they receive and an appropriate, clean and safe environment will be provided fro the delivery of healthcare services at all times.

There are five specific eHealth aims for the use of information and technology in health services:

  • To maximise efficient working practices, minimise wasteful variation, bring about savings and ensure value for money

  • Support people to manage their own health and well being and to become more active participants in the care and services they receive

  • Contribute to shifting the balance of care and support for people to self manage and to provide appropriate information for people with long term conditions and mental health problems

  • Improve the availability of appropriate information for healthcare workers and the tools to use and communicate that information effectively to improve quality

  • Improve medications management as an essential part of peoples’ care