NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian. Providing services for the second largest residential population in Scotland - circa 850,000 people. It employs approximately 24,000 staff.

At NHS Lothian we believe that working together across all areas of the health service is the best way to provide care for patients. Through an innovative programme of modernisation, we are developing into a single integrated health system. Patients and staff are benefiting from the creation of a more streamlined, patient-centred structure and from our more integrated approach to planning and delivering healthcare services.



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This strategy describes a five year journey to transform the way NHS Lothian manages change. Continuous improvement in quality and value will be accelerated by scaling up newer approaches from "demonstrators” to everyone’s “business as usual”.

The Quality Management System will relentlessly focus on eliminating systemic poor quality and waste. The strategy sets out the common features of a consistent approach to Quality Management recognising that local adaptability will drive success.

Click here to download the NHS Lothian Quality Strategy