New NHS report could transform stoma care for thousands across Scotland

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) has today (11 August 2020) released the National Stoma Quality Improvement Group (NSQIG) Report (PDF, 905KB). The group was commissioned by the Scottish Executive Nurse Director Group (SEND) and has been endorsed by Scotland's Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Rose Marie Parr.

Around 20,000 people in Scotland have either a permanent or temporary stoma. A stoma is an opening on the abdomen connected to the digestive or urinary system to allow waste to be diverted out of the body.

Providing stoma care now costs NHS Scotland £31million a year. That figure is the result of costs increasing by 65% over the previous five years. Prescribing variations and inappropriate use of products mean that it can cost more than £6000 per year to provide stoma care for some patients. The average cost should be between £700 and £2300.

Specialist stoma nurses and senior nursing colleagues were part of the NSQIG, which also includes leading community and public health pharmacists, Health Board Prescribing Team representatives, General Practitioners and procurement specialists.

Alice Macleod, Senior Nurse within NSS' National Procurement Division, said: "This report has been long awaited. It is a crucial step towards achieving a 'Once For Scotland' stoma care model that maximises value, supports NHS colleagues and delivers more for patients."

Craig Stewart, Associate Nursing Director, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, chaired the NSQIG. Mr Stewart said: “The hard work and valuable contributions from all stakeholders have resulted in the report that we have released today.

"Its recommendations pave the way for an integrated national approach to stoma care that harnesses data and digital tools to deliver best-value care and an improved quality of life for patients.

"We can transform how we deliver stoma care today and lay strong foundations for further future improvements."

As well as the National Stoma Quality Improvement Group (NSQIG) Report (PDF, 905KB), you can also read:

Graphic explaining the current stoma landscape and recommendations for what we can achieve

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