NHS Highland board has approved a business case to modernise services in Skye and Lochalsh.
The board plans to invest in modernising and delivering more sustainable care and services for the communities, including investment in new or refurbished community hospital ‘hub’ at Broadford.
For Skye Lochalsh and South West Ross, prior to submission of the Full Business Case, more work is required to determine what services may be required following the closure of The Haven, a private care home, and what that might look like (care at home, housing solutions and care home places).
This is something that will be discussed with the relevant communities and other providers. Funding implications for a transport solution for both projects, meanwhile, will also be clarified at the Full Business Case stage.
At the NHS Highland board meeting at Assynt House, Inverness, on Tuesday 28 November 2017, the board was told that the ‘foundations’ of the redesigns were based on investing in staff, services and infrastructure to help more people to be independent at home or as close to home as possible while disinvesting in old buildings and outdated models of care.
In doing so, Deborah Jones, NHS Highland’s director of strategic commissioning, explained: “The combined business case will provide greater choice for people at the end of their lives and facilitate less reliance on hospital and institutional care. And the planned new and refurbished buildings will be fit for purpose for the delivery of modern health and social care.”
There will also be a redesign of services to support enhanced front-line community services, including: care-at-home, flexible use beds in care homes and greater choice for palliative/end of life care.
The Outline Business Case had been developed by NHS Highland in accordance with the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate Capital Investment Manual which provided evidence that the proposed project is robust, affordable and deliverable.
Fundamentally, this redesign programme is seeking to deliver safe and sustainable services for the future and which are consistent with Scottish Government Policy, including their 2020 vision.