Scrutiny plan 2014-15

Annual Scrutiny and Inspection Plan


This document sets out the areas for scrutiny and assurance in 2014-2015 led by the Scrutiny and Assurance Directorate. We highlight why these are priority areas, how they link to the NHSScotland Quality Strategy Outcomes and how we will go about our work.

Over the coming year, we are proposing to:

  • further embed the patient and carer experience in our scrutiny and assurance activities to ensure we remain a listening organisation that learns from local feedback
  • move towards more comprehensive assessments of the quality of healthcare
  • further embed our joint work with the Care Inspectorate and other scrutiny bodies
  • continue to work closely with the Evidence and Improvement Directorate to develop measures to support improvement in the quality of clinical care being delivered to patients, and
  • use intelligence to determine areas for investigation and review to support improvement.

We see the coming year as an opportunity to manage a transition to a more intelligence-led approach to scrutiny and assurance and to re-align and simplify a range of activities. Our close working with other scrutiny bodies will also be enhanced. In doing so, we will use this intelligence to guide our priorities and activities, and identify opportunities for more joint reviews.


Published Date: 1 April 2014