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New standards published to improve care for estimated 1 million adults in Scotland with life-changing neurological conditions

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published revised standards to help health and social care professionals improve the care and support provided for the estimated one million adults in Scotland living with neurological conditions that have a significant impact on their lives.

The revised general standards for neurological care and support set out what care people can expect to experience throughout Scotland, regardless of the type of neurological condition they have, their geographical location, care setting or personal circumstances.

Neurological conditions are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in Scotland, due to the chronic and disabling nature of symptoms and the effects of the illnesses which can affect people in different ways. The standards will help services across Scotland to better support the estimated 1 million adults affected by such a wide range of conditions, from multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, migraine and epilepsy to acquired brain injuries and functional neurological disorders, ensuring they have appropriate access to the best care possible.

The revised standards cover leadership and governance, working together, staff education, training and information, diagnosis, assessment of needs, treatment and management and person-centred care. They have been developed to take account of the priorities and principles of the Scottish Government’s National Neurological Action Plan, which is committed to promoting and supporting the implementation of these standards.

Gerard Gahagan, Chair of The Neurological Alliance of Scotland, said: “These standards provide a foundation for improving how people with neurological conditions experience their care and support.  With leadership, governance and evaluation of the standards there is an opportunity to reduce variation and inequality of health and social care services in Scotland.

“I welcome the focus on an individual’s experience of what it is like to live with a neurological condition, the recognition of families and carers and the commitment to partnership working, particularly with third sector organisations such as the Neurological Alliance of Scotland.”

Source: Healthcare Improvement Scotland 11/04/19

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