Our work programme for 2013/14
NHS waiting lists update
Due for release: December 2013 for the Auditor General
Summary: This report will provide a high-level update to the Public Audit Committee focusing on progress made by the National Health Service (NHS) in audit trails and monitoring in the management of NHS waiting lists. We will aim to provide an update on the following:
• How have trends in NHS boards' use of waiting list codes and waiting time performance changed during 2013?
• Have NHS boards improved how they manage and monitor NHS waiting lists?
• Have the Scottish Government and Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland improved how they report and monitor waiting list information?
Reshaping care for older people
Due for release: January 2014 for the Auditor General / Accounts Commission
Summary: Older people make use of a range of health and care services provided by the NHS, councils and the private and third sectors. Annual expenditure by NHS boards and councils on health and care for older people is estimated at £4.5 billion. Services are under pressure due to reducing public sector budgets and an ageing population. There is widespread agreement that more could be done to support older people in living independently, rather than using institutional care such as hospitals and care homes.
In response to these challenges, the Scottish Government and COSLA launched the Reshaping care for older people programme in 2011, and a supporting change fund worth £300 million over 2011/12 to 2014/15. This audit will assess the progress that public sector organisations have made in reshaping care for older people.
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An overview of local government in Scotland
Due for release: February 2014 for the Accounts Commission
Summary: Audit Scotland prepares an annual local government overview report on behalf of the Accounts Commission. The report identifies common issues and significant trends and shifts in council expenditure, resource management and service performance.
In its report, the Commission highlights areas of achievement and strength and draws attention to those areas in need of improvement.
Due for release: March 2014 for the Auditor General
Summary: This audit will determine whether the modern apprenticeship programme provides value for money, and if:
• there is clarity around the administration of the modern apprenticeship programme, including the cost, activity and roles of the organisations involved
• modern apprenticeships clearly achieve their intended aims and objectives and the targets set for them
• the modern apprenticeship programme is well managed and there is scope to make efficiencies.
Managing procurement in councils
Due for release: March 2014 for the Accounts Commission
Summary: Procurement is the process that councils follow to purchase the goods and services they need to provide public services.
This audit will assess how well councils in Scotland manage procurement and will seek to answer the following questions:
• How much do councils spend on goods and services and what savings have councils identified through better procurement?
• Do councils manage procurement well and have good governance for it in line with good practice?
• How well is Scotland Excel helping councils to improve procurement and achieve savings in spending on goods and services?
Effective procurement is essential for councils to promote value for money and helps them achieve their local outcomes and priorities. In 2011/12, councils spent £5.8 billion buying a wide range of goods and services, half of the total for the Scottish public sector.
Scotland Excel is a shared service which is the centre of procurement expertise for Scottish councils. It develops and manages collaborative contracts and works with member councils and suppliers to raise standards.