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National Centre for Sustainable Delivery Newsletter December 2022

Welcome to the Winter 2022 newsletter from the National Centre for Sustainable Delivery!

National Conference

CfSD Conference

Last month we held the first NHS Scotland Leading Improvement Series event in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and the Chief Operating Officer for NHS Scotland.

The inaugural event brought together Board colleagues from across Scotland for focussed discussions on implementing improvements in planned care today.

A huge thanks to our event organisers, helpers, speakers and delegates for making the event a huge success.

Look out for more information on future events coming soon.

Earlier Cancer Diagnosis


NHS Scotland Lung Cancer Diagnostic Pathway

Scotland’s first optimal cancer diagnostic pathway has been published.

Boards will use funding from the Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Earlier Programme to re-align lung cancer services so patients can receive multiple tests, where clinically appropriate, at the one time and reduce their visits to hospital and speed up diagnosis.

Click here to read the full story:

Innovative cancer diagnostics help thousands

More than 7,500 Scottish patients have benefitted from the ground breaking Colon Capsule Endoscopy and Cytosponge diagnostic services.

Patients can access cancer checks closer to home and get results by simply swallowing capsules rather than using traditional scope methods and sedation. 

Click here to read the full story:

Rapid Cancer Diagnostic Services

An independent report on Scotland’s first 3 Rapid Cancer Diagnostic Services found that they are providing a clinically safe and effective rapid service to rule out or rule in cancer for patients who have non-specific symptoms.

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Scotland’s next 2 Rapid Cancer Diagnostic Services will be established in NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Borders early 2023.

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Congratulations to NHS Fife’s RCDS Team who won the Innovation Award at last month’s Scottish Health Awards!

Improving Patient Access


Clinical Leadership

We now have 11 clinical Specialty Delivery Groups designed to enable local clinical and operational leadership to collaborate on a national basis to address key specialty-specific challenges.

Click here to find out more about our Clinical Specialty Delivery Groups on our website at this link.

Once for Scotland Pathways

There are now 25 pathways and blueprints being developed to improve patient access on a ‘Once for Scotland’ basis.

Our most recent pathways being developed for adoption include:

You can find out more by reading our Modernising Patient Pathways Programme - News Update December 2022 (


ANIA social graphics6

A number of programmes are progressing along the Accelerated National Innovation Adoption (ANIA) Pathway – an exciting new initiative focused on fast-tracking proven technological innovations into the healthcare frontline on a Once for Scotland basis.  

In the next few months we’ll be sharing more news on those innovations which are furthest along the ANIA pathway, including:

  • Digital Dermatology Pathway
  • Diabetes Closed Loop Systems
  • Theatre Optimisation Technology

Click here to find out more about ANIA:

Click here to watch our ANIA launch video:

National Elective Coordination Unit

nurse with patient (19) brighter and mask

Work is ongoing to test the National Elective Coordination Unit (NECU) capacity assessment and allocation model to support recovery and remobilisation of NHS Scotland.

The pilot will ensure that NHS capacity is fully utilised by:

  • providing a consistent approach to capacity assessment and allocation,
  • targeting support in reducing demand and increasing activity for Boards who have reached maximum capacity locally,
  • reducing local variation, and
  • supporting equitable access on a “Once for Scotland” basis.

Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas from the national Centre for Sustainable Delivery

Posted: December 22, 2022

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