Standards for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Services
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 Programme
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
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Published Date: 18 July 2011