Enquiry visit to Beatson West of Scotland Cancer
In May 2015, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
was made aware of potential patient safety concerns raised by staff
members working at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. When
concerns of this nature arise, we have a duty to ensure there is
appropriate follow up and investigation undertaken.
We established an enquiry team and on 28 July
2015 we undertook a visit to assess the evidence base for the
concerns raised, including the governance arrangements. The purpose
of the visit was to establish the validity of the concerns that had
been raised and the potential impact on, and implications, for the
quality of care for patients. We considered additional contextual
information provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. This
included information about the planning and reconfiguration of
services at the Beatson due to the relocation of services from the
Gartnavel General Hospital to the new Queen Elizabeth University
Hospital. We had further meetings during week commencing 10
August 2015 with key members of staff who were unable to attend the
28 July visit. Healthcare Improvement Scotland also established an
assurance group. The Terms of Reference for the enquiry visit and
assurance group are provided below.
The following report and appendices present
the findings of this enquiry visit.
We have identified recommendations in this
report and we expect NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to develop an
action plan to implement the recommendations. It is important that
the recommendations are carefully considered and a detailed
improvement plan developed, with appropriate timescales, ownership,
accountability and measures incorporated.
Read a news article on our enquiry
visit to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.
Published Date: 7 October 2015