Falklands : Health and Medical Services Committee:Director’s Update and Performance Report – July 2012
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 07.07.2012 (Article Archived on 21.07.2012)
By Director Health & Education
Falkland Islands Government: This report updates Committee Members on the work of the Health and Social Services Department and covers a range of issues and performance indicators.
Health and Medical Services Committee:
Director’s Update and Performance Report – July 2012
By Director Health & Education
Falkland Islands Government
This report updates Committee Members on the work of the Health and Social Services Department and covers a range of issues and performance indicators.
Staff Matters: Social Workers (Child & Adult) – Child Social Worker arrived last week. The Adult Social Worker is due to arrive in August.
Staff Nurses – see separate agenda item.
Admin Clerk – an appointment has been made but a start date is to be confirmed.
Pharmacist – overseas advertising to take place in early July.
Anaesthetist – the new Anaesthetist arrived late last week and is now in post.
Patients who need to be seen urgently can usually be seen the same day. The waiting time for routine appointments is c. 7 days if not for a specific GP.
Emergency appointments continue to be available each day. People with particular problems are usually seen within 2 or 3 days and patients may wait six weeks for routine appointments (higher due to staff leave).
Social Services have continued their ongoing community support in June 2012. Background work has also been commenced on looking at a childcare voucher scheme as part of a cross-departmental team. This issue is to be discussed with Honourable Members on the 17th July as part of larger day-long meeting with Directors.
One Social Worker has recently returned from a working visit to UK where she supported a member of the community on medical treatment and also visited FI nationals currently in support facilities in the UK.
For the month of June 2012, 23 people have been referred overseas. This compares to 28 in the same period in 2011.
The 2011/12 financial year closed last Saturday and year-end procedures are now being followed by the finance team. Included within this work were stock-takes within the pharmacy, medical stores and engineering departments, all of which showed only minor discrepancies as would normally be expected.
The only item to note for 2012/13 at this stage is that the revenue from the MoD for the services provided under the MoU is likely to differ from budget.
A paper on the restructure of the outpatients wing of KEMH was due to be submitted to this Committee this month; however it has been delayed until August. This is due to further internal discussion and consultation being required.
A 5-year capital programme for 2013/14 onwards has been drafted and will be reviewed by the Director of Health & Education on his return.
The focus for the engineering team in June 2012 was on fixing broken medical equipment in the Path Lab and also on addressing a major water leak in the ward Isolation Unit.
The following figures summarise the key healthcare governance issues for the month of June 2012:
There were 9 incidents in June 2012. These included patient’ notes not being on EMIS, 3 patient falls and a labelling issue in both pharmacy and the path lab. All but 2 of these are now closed.
There was one complaint in June 2012 related to a driver drop-off. This is now closed.
A variety of policies and procedures were reviewed during the Policies Committee meeting in June. The following policies were ratified and are now in force:
Consent Policy (with new consent forms)
To update members on the current standing of KEMH contracts:
The new surgical and anaesthetic contract provider (Templar Medical Agency) started providing services from Sunday 1st July 2012.
The Tender Board has provisionally agreed a contract award for radiography services. A contract is to be signed in mid-July and a more formal announcement will be made at this time.
During the 2012/13 budget process, KEMH requested permission to recruit to a Practice Assistant on a 2-year contract initially. This post was established in the budget round but only 6 months of funding was awarded, with Honourable Members requesting that the new CMO provide his views on this appointment before the full funding would be released.
It is intended that a brief paper will go to Executive Council in July 2012 stating the Chief Medical Officer’s support for this appointment.