NHS Tayside is moving out of NHS Scotland Performance Escalation Framework stage 4 to stage 2 and 3.
This means that the Scottish Government is relinquishing some of its stricter oversight after the health board entered the most severe national government control in 2018.
These controls were first introduced by the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care but now the incumbent sectary, Humza Yousaf, has announced the changes.
Welcoming today’s announcement, the Chair of NHS Tayside Mrs Lorna Birse-Stewart said, “NHS Tayside Board and staff at all levels have worked tirelessly to write a new chapter of recent history for NHS Tayside; one in which upper-end performance is the norm, compassionate care is delivered day in, day out, and people have renewed confidence in the services we deliver.
“It is very important that everyone knows that these successes are not a one-year, one-off achievement. The Board has now moved to financial balance and is operating within the level of funding available to it but, even more importantly, service delivery has also improved in key areas such as cancer waiting times and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. We have also maintained our top spot in the UK for four-hour Emergency Department targets.”
The health board first moved into this stage after the Scottish Government found it was dissatisfied with the performance in finance, leadership and mental health treatment.
The former, finance and leadership, are now at stage 2, whereas the latter, mental health, is moving into stage 3.
Mrs Stewart added: “It really is significant to look back and see what our teams have delivered over the past two to three years – notwithstanding the extraordinary efforts in the local response across Tayside to the pandemic and the ongoing vaccination programme.
“Our teams are now stepping up again as we remobilise more services to ensure we continue to deliver excellent care and treatment to the people of Tayside, and we are extremely proud of them and continue to be grateful for all the work they do.”
February of 2019 marked the first incremental improvement for NHS Tayside, this was when they first moved from stage 5 down to stage 4.
Now ministers will have less control over the operations in the health board area and allow greater control locally.
Grant Archibald, Chief Executive, added, “Today marks a significant milestone for NHS Tayside, one which would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of our workforce, and I would like to thank them for their unrelenting efforts.
“As well as the progress which has been recognised in leadership, governance and financial performance, I am very pleased that the efforts of our mental health workforce as they deliver care in hospital and out in our communities have also received recognition from Scottish Government. Mental health and learning disability services remain a priority for the Board – and there is much work still to do – but we move forward knowing we are heading in the right direction for our patients and their families and carers and we stand alongside our staff.”