Standards for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
The final standards for HIV services and the accompanying
self-evaluation tool are now available to download.
The standards were developed following a
12-week consultation period, details of which can be found within
the standards introduction. All comments received throughout
the consultation period were collated and presented to the project
group and subgroups during the finalisation meetings. A summary of
the consultation comments, along with the decisions made during the
finalisation phase has been provided within the
Consultation Summary Report for the Draft HIV Standards. This
report is available to download.
Building on our previous work on long term
conditions, the HIV standards aim to improve the quality and
coordination of HIV care, focusing on the following key areas:
- Service organisation
- Recognition and diagnosis
- Treatment and care
Although we are committed to assessing,
measuring and reporting on HIV service providers’ performance,
there is a shift towards a risk-based and proportionate approach to
scrutiny, working towards lessening the burden of review on NHS
boards and will also endeavour to support NHS boards as they
undertake work to improve the quality of their HIV services.
We developed the self-evaluation tool for
local use and by completing the tool, NHS boards will have a better
understanding of their HIV services and be able to:
- determine if the standards have been met and identify the
relevant supporting evidence
- highlight areas of good practice, and
- highlight areas of the service for review and implement an
action plan for improvement.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland has not set out exact timescales
for completion of the self-evaluation tool. However, NHS boards can
use the self-evaluation tool to help gain an understanding of how
their HIV service meets the standards.
Next steps - HIV Implementation and Improvement
The standards and self-evaluation tool form
part of a wider implementation and improvement programme. This
programme will include the development of a complimentary suite of
high level measures to reflect the outcomes that should be realised
by NHS boards when implementing the standards.
It is envisaged that relevant stakeholders
involved in the delivery of HIV services will be brought together
to identify those areas within the standards that will benefit from
national support to implement them and demonstrate ongoing
improvement of HIV services in future.
Published Date: 18 July 2011