Date lodged: 3 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to enhance provision of specialist services for adults with brain injuries.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 March 2017
It is the role of Scottish Government to provide policies, frameworks and resources to NHS boards to allow them to deliver services that meet the assessed needs of their local populations. Within this context, the provision of specialist services for adults with brain injuries is the responsibility of local Boards, taking into account national guidance, local service needs and priorities for investment.
Additionally, in 2015 we provided a £40,000 grant to NHS Lothian to support a pilot project, designed by the Scottish Acquired Brain Injury Network, which aims to ensure that all admitted head injured patients will be cared for by neuroscience clinicians in a dedicated multidisciplinary service. This pilot has now come to an end and we look forward to receiving a final evaluation of the project in due course.