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  • HSSD and the Nursing Midwifery Council publish Guernsey's Maternity Services improvement programme action plan

    Thursday 22 January 2015

    HSSD's response to the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)'s Extraordinary Review of the Local Supervisory authority (LSA)'s midwifery supervision has been published.

    The action plan set out 88 specific actions across five areas:

    • care and environment;
    • policies and procedures;
    • governance;
    • leadership and management; and
    • organisational culture.

    Almost half of the plan's actions (40 out of 88) are complete as of 14 January 2015, and significant progress is being made across the whole plan with the support of the NMC, the Local Supervisory Authority (LSA), NHS England as well as other departments across the States of Guernsey.

    HSSD Chief Officer Dr Carol Tozer said:

    "The NMC's Extraordinary Review set out a significant challenge to HSSD, one that we have to meet in order to demonstrate that we can provide consistently high quality maternity services for our community. The action plan, devised with the engagement of the NMC, is the roadmap for meeting that challenge. We are making significant progress, but we are by no means complacent. There is still a huge about to do - and as an organisation we are clearly moving in the right direction.

    "The response of the maternity team, both at Loveridge Ward and across the service, has been committed and determined. The praise for staff from our service users regarding the standards of care that they have received is fully deserved. I know that our excellent team works tirelessly, every day and every night, to provide the best possible care and service for our community. That progress that is reflected in the action plan is testament to their hard work.

    "The action plan also reflects the contribution that has been made right across the Department, and right across the States. [Chief Executive] Paul Whitfield has ensured that expertise from across the States has been deployed to support HSSD's work on the action plan. This has been, and will continue to be, a team effort across the public service.

    "The NMC will be continuing their review with a further visit to Guernsey in February. In addition a visit from the GMC will also take place at the end of February. The ongoing reviews are an opportunity for all of us involved in maternity services and healthcare to demonstrate the progress that we are making. I should add that the NMC's partnership in developing and working against the action plan has been of great assistance."

    HSSD's Minister Deputy Paul Luxon said:

    "Back in December, the NMC said that HSSD had accepted the challenges that it faced, and that moreover they were pleased by HSSD's response so far. Today's publication is welcomed by me, the Board and staff as it enables us to demonstrate clearly to our community that we have made a proportionate and professional response to the review.

    "The work that has been done by our staff cannot be under-estimated. They, like the Board, are determined to make our community proud of our healthcare system. I hope today's publication will be one more step towards doing that.

    "I hope that our community will support the commitment to transparency that has led to the publication of this action plan. I hope that it will welcome the progress that the action plan demonstrates and documents. And I hope that it will recognise the further steps that are being taken to ensure we provide the best possible service for our island."

    The NMC review team will be in Guernsey on 24 and 25 February. The GMC will visit Guernsey on 26 February.


    Further information

    • The action plan progress report is available to download below.
    • The NMC extraordinary report and the HSSD action plan is available here.
  • C&E Business Plan 2015

    Thursday 22 January 2015

    Commerce and Employment Business PlanC&E Business Plan 2015

    C&E published its 2015 Business Plan on Thursday 22nd January, 2015.


    The 2015 Business Plan provides a review of the Department's achievements including implementation of its Economic Development Framework in 2014.  Importantly, the plan also sets out the Department's targets for 2015 together with the key work that needs to be achieved as it goes on to further implement key work streams.

    Deputy Kevin Stewart, Minister for Commerce and Employment said: "It's important that the Department benchmarks its progress to date and demonstrates that we are listening and working with the business community as we go forward.  The 2015 Business Plan demonstrates the progress that has been made along with the challenges that the Department has been working through and importantly what the next steps are."

  • Independent oversight of the States' Fiscal Policy and performance to be enhanced

    Wednesday 21 January 2015

    The oversight of the States of Guernsey's fiscal policy and performance is to be expanded and enhanced, with the addition of a second UK-based economist.

    Professor Geoffrey Wood has written the annual independent fiscal policy review for five years, but he will now be joined by the Group Chief Economist of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in scrutinising the conduct of the States' fiscal policy and assessing their performance against the rules the States has set for itself. Dr McLaughlin has been RBS's Group Chief Economist for ten years.

    Deputy Gavin St Pier, Minister for the Treasury & Resources Department, said:

    "I am delighted that Dr McLaughlin has agreed to join Professor Wood in carrying out this important role, and I am grateful to the Royal Bank of Scotland for enabling it. Dr McLaughlin's credentials as an economist are absolutely first rate.

    "Developments such as moving towards a balanced budget, bringing spending under control, issuing a Guernsey bond, and the forthcoming changes to the personal tax regime mean that it is perhaps more important than ever to ensure that the States adheres to its fiscal framework.

    "Professor Wood has done sterling work in holding the States to account in that respect, but the addition of Dr McLaughlin's expertise marks the beginning of a return to a panel format in the truest sense of word. Our intention at this stage it is to make a further appointment to the panel in due course, but for the time being we look forward to working with Professor Wood and Dr McLaughlin."

    Dr Andrew McLaughlin, the Group Chief Economist of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has taken up the role after two days of meetings in Guernsey last week. Over the 12 and 13 January, Professor Wood and Dr McLaughlin's meetings included:

    • Meetings with States Departments including Treasury & Resources, Commerce & Employment, Social Security and Policy Council
    • Meetings with representatives of the construction and tourism industry as well as the Chamber of Commerce
    • Meetings with business bodies including the Guernsey International Business Association, the Guernsey Investment Funds Association, the Association of Guernsey Banks, the Guernsey Association of Trusts, the Guernsey Society of Certified and Chartered Accountants, and the Guernsey Investment Managers and Stockbrokers Association

    Paul Whitfield, Chief Executive of the States of Guernsey, said:

    "As a public service, we are committed to developing and implementing policy that supports economic growth, that ensures financial stability, that balances fair taxes with responsible spending, and that is based on the strongest possible data and analysis. The independent Fiscal Policy Panel will play a vital role in that through providing oversight of our fiscal framework. I welcome Dr McLaughlin's addition to that function, it is a very positive development."

    Professor Geoffrey Wood said:

    "I am very pleased that the States has confirmed the importance of the work in scrutinising the conduct of its fiscal policy by bringing in Andrew's expertise. I am very much looking forward to working with him."

    Dr Andrew McLaughlin said:

    "I am very much looking forward to working with Geoffrey on the panel. The Royal Bank of Scotland has a strong presence in Guernsey and the Channel Islands, and I know Guernsey well. The meetings I had in Guernsey were productive and candid, and I look forward to contributing to the work of the panel. I was encouraged by the thoughtfulness of everyone that we met and the commitment to the long-term prosperity of Guernsey and Alderney."

    Guernsey's Fiscal Policy Panel was first established in 2010. The panel performs the role of independent arbiter on the conduct of the States' fiscal policy, and in particular whether the States remains within the parameters for present and future spending and budget balance as set out in its fiscal framework.