Revised General Standards for Neurological Care and Support Launched

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 9th April 2019

The revised general standards for neurological care and support set out what care people can expect to experience throughout Scotland.

The revised general standards for neurological care and support (this link will take you away from our website) cover leadership and governance, working together, staff education, training and information, diagnosis, assessment of needs, treatment and management and person-centred care. They have been developed to take account of the priorities and principles of the Scottish Government’s National Neurological Action Plan (this link will take you away from our website), which is committed to promoting and supporting the implementation of these standards.

Gerard Gahagan, Chair of The Neurological Alliance of Scotland, said:  “These standards provide a foundation for improving how people with neurological conditions experience their care and support.  With leadership, governance and evaluation of the standards there is an opportunity to reduce variation and inequality of health and social care services in Scotland.”

He continues, “I welcome the focus on an individual’s experience of what it is like to live with a neurological condition, the recognition of families and carers and the commitment to partnership working, particularly with third sector organisations such as the Neurological Alliance of Scotland.”

As part of the consultation process, Healthcare Improvement Scotland also collaborated with the Scottish Health Council, which works with healthcare providers to engage meaningfully with people and communities in the design and delivery of services. The Scottish Health Council helped to gather views from people living with neurological conditions, and their families and carers throughout all 14 health board areas and has produced a report (this link will take you away from our website) on this gathering views work.

Further to this the ALLIANCE submitted a response to the consultation on the Standards based on a discussion event attended by a wide range of stakeholders including those living with a neurological condition. The ALLIANCE also contributed as a member of the steering group for the Standards and drew on the extensive engagement work undertaken to feed into the National Neurological Action Plan.

Tracey Baird, Consultant Neurologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:  “A timely and appropriate referral to a clinician with expertise in neurological conditions is essential.  Many people require specialist input from a range of services, and unfortunately some conditions can progress and become life-limiting. The general standards for neurological care and support are a welcome improvement to inform a person’s care and in helping professionals to provide the best possible information, advice and on-going support on managing conditions.”

National standards aim to ensure improvement in clinical and social care and consistency across Scotland and health, social care and third sector organisations that provide care and support are responsible for delivering them in full.

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