DAISy implementation further delayed

The Scottish Government has confirmed ‘an important milestone change in the DAISy project’. The recording and reporting system for drug and alcohol services ‘will not be ready for implementation until 1 April 2019’.

The delay has been confirmed in a letter to ADPs and IJBs dated 11 September from Daniel Kleinberg, Head of Health Improvement at the Government.

The letter states that the ‘DAISy Executive has identified some unexpected challenges with the system’. The letter concedes that the delay may offer further challenges locally to ADPs and IJBs as service designers, planners and commissioners and that this may be a source of frustration.

It appears that the decision to delay implementation follows a review carried out by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) which led to a consensus within the DAISy Executive that the system requires further work. It is understood the review identified challenges in IT development that have led to a revised action plan for the project.

Training by ISD Scotland, part of NHS National Services Scotland, scheduled for the summer did not take place and has been re-scheduled for early 2019.