I was very pleased to attend another NHS Scotland Event. Each year, the event provides the opportunity for those working in and with NHS Scotland to come together to consider the challenges faced, to share best practice and take away learning that will support them in their various roles.
One of the highlights of the event was a spotlight session from Claire Lawrie and Liz Blackman from NSS National Services Division that, together with NHS Tayside, is driving improvements in laboratory test requesting through the use of their prototype Atlas of Variation for Diagnostic Services. This is an exciting development which will tackle variation and promote the provision of appropriate testing for NHS Scotland patients, ensuring they receive the right test at the right point in their journey.
Another highlight was the session showcasing work done by the Psychology Adding Value: Epilepsy Screening (PAVES) project to improve mental health and wellbeing related outcomes for children and young people with epilepsy in Scotland. The Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy Network (SPEN) - a national Managed Clinical Network coordinated by NSS - worked in partnership with NHS Lothian and the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, to develop this innovative mental health screening methodology and early intervention pathway for children and young people with epilepsy.
It was great to see the new children’s nursing tunics for play-based learning, based on the uniforms worn by modern nurses in NHS Scotland. The #futurenurse initiative has to date, given nearly 2500 children the opportunity to learn more about the profession and meet real nurses.
I was very proud to see a variety of exciting NSS projects displayed as part of the poster exhibition. This year, NSS was represented in five of the seven categories which really shows the breadth of work we are doing to support the Quality Ambitions and the ‘triple aim’ as described in the Route Map to the 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care. Well done to everyone who submitted abstracts for this exhibit and congratulations to Annette Rankine, Hayley Kane and Unzurrunzaga Garazi from Health Protection Scotland whose poster won the ‘Quality of care: Safe’ category.
Thank you to everyone who came along to our NSS stand to meet our clinical team and to learn more about the exciting work we’re doing. I also extend special thanks to the 155 delegates who visited the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service mobile donating unit to give blood during the event, and I was pleased to be one of them. Thank you for using your valuable time at this event to support patients in Scotland.
- Mary Morgan, Deputy Chief Executive