Appendix 1: What Will Be Different in a Transformed Health and Social Care System in Scotland?
What will be different for individuals
- People will be equal partners with their clinicians, working with them to arrive at decisions about their care that are right for them. They will be supported to reflect on and express their preferences, based on their own unique circumstances, expectations and values. This might mean less medical intervention, if simpler options would deliver the results that matter to them.
- People will be supported to have the confidence, knowledge, understanding and skills to live well, on their own terms, with whatever conditions they have. They will have access to greater support from a range of services beyond health, with a view to increasing their resilience and reinforcing their whole wellbeing.
- Health and social care professionals will work together to help older people and those with more complex needs receive the right support at the right time, and where possible, live well and independently by managing their conditions themselves.
- Hospitals will focus on the medical support that acute care can and should provide, and stays in hospital will be shorter. Individuals will benefit from more care being delivered in the community, and where possible, at home.
- Everyone will have online access to a summary of their Electronic Patient Record and digital technology will underpin and transform the delivery of services across the health and social care system.
- Children, young people and their families will benefit from services across the public sector - including health, education, social care and other services - working together to support prevention and early intervention of any emerging health issues.
- The diet and health of children from the earliest years will improve from coordinated and comprehensive nutritional support for children and families.
- There will be a significant reduction in the harmful impact on health of alcohol, tobacco and obesity, and our approach to oral health will be founded on prevention.
- People will have access to more and more effective services across the health system to support mental health, including the specialist services for children and young people. Mental health will be considered as important as physical health.
- People will lead more active, and as a result, healthier lifestyles.
- People will receive more sensitive, end of life support that will aim to support them in the setting that they wish. All those who need hospice, palliative or end of life care will receive it and benefit from individual care and support plans. Fewer people will die in hospitals.
What will be different for communities
- Most care will be provided locally through an expanded Community Health Service, avoiding the need to go into hospital.
- People will benefit from local practices and other community care with a wider range of available support. Practices will typically consist of complementary teams of professionals, bringing together clusters of health support and expertise. Communities will have access to quicker and joined-up treatment - this might be the GP, but supported by a team including highly-trained nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, mental health workers and social workers. GPs will take on a greater leadership role.
- Local practices will be able to provide more information and secure better advice for people locally without the need to attend hospitals to get specialist consultancy advice. That advice will be increasingly delivered locally.
- Families will receive more integrated and extended primary and community care for their children. There will be more home visits from health care professionals, including three child health reviews, and teenage mothers will receive more intensive and dedicated maternal support.
What will be different regionally
- Some clinical services will be planned and delivered on a regional basis so that specialist expertise can deliver better outcomes for individuals, services can be provided quicker and stays will be shorter. This will ensure that the services provided to people are high quality and the expertise remains as effective as possible.
- More centres will be provided to help NHS Scotland handle the growing demand for planned surgery, particularly from an ageing population. Such centres will allow medical professionals to become extremely skilled and have facilities to the highest standards. This will take pressure off other hospitals so there are fewer delays when urgent or emergency care is needed.
What will be different nationally
- There will be a national set of health priorities giving clear, consistent direction for how to improve public health across the whole of Scotland and a single national body to drive the priorities.
- Services and functions of the health service which can be delivered more efficiently at national level will be done on a 'Once for Scotland' basis.