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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21581: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made with the work of the Scottish Access Collaborative.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 February 2019

The Scottish Access Collaborative has developed a comprehensive programme of work over the last year to support a sustainable balance between demand and capacity in the health and care service in Scotland. It has endorsed a number of challenges which are being taken through an agreed development, testing and mandate process, and is actively working to identify new high impact challenges for future inclusion in the programme. Current workstreams include:

Active Clinical Referral Triage (ACRT)Enhanced Recovery Pre-operative anaemia programmeTeam Job PlanningAccelerating the Development of Enhanced Practitioners (ADEPt)Virtual Attendance scoping and pilotingClinical Pathways Infrastructure Scoping

It has also supported a series of Specialty Group workshops through the year, which are co-producing a series of recommendation reports. These are completed for Cardiology, Urology, Gynaecology, Gastroenterology, Respiratory and underway for ENT, Chronic Pain, Neurology, Dermatology, Breast Services, General Surgery and Vascular Services. Orthopaedics and Ophthalmology continue to contribute through their existing national Specialty Groups.