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Latest Publications

Published: 07 November 2017
Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland
Publication Summary Download pdf file [332kb]
Full Report n/a
Published: 10 October 2017
Quality Outcome Measure 10:Percentage of last 6 months of life spent at home or in a community setting
Publication Summary Download pdf file [161kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [706kb]
Published: 03 October 2017
Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland
Publication Summary Download pdf file [331kb]
Full Report n/a

ISD aims to contribute to the improvement and integration of health and social care in Scotland, particularly for older people and/or those with long term or chronic conditions, through the provision and development of information and intelligence. More specifically:

  • shift the balance of care from institutional to community-based provision;
  • maximise the number of individuals able to live and be cared for in their own homes;
  • encourage better joint working between the NHS, Scottish Local Authorities, carers and the voluntary sector; and
  • reshape Care for Older People in response to a growing elderly population.

News & Updates

The Integrated Resource Framework Health and Social Care expenditure publication for financial year 2015/16 due to be published on 26th September 2017 has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course. Best practice allows ISD to delay releasing statistics where there is a statistical reason so as not to publish misleading information.

The delay has occurred after a small number of data quality issues were discovered resulting in costs not being comparable between the tables within the publication. The delay in publishing this information will allow for a consistent methodology to be used for all reported figures.

In order for health and social care partnerships to commission and deliver services that best meet the needs of local communities (and to intervene at an early stage to address health problems), they will require a clear understanding of the health and care needs of their population, from both the perspective of the NHS and local authorities. Joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) also needs to take account of wider health determinants such as deprivation, employment, housing and environment.

To support this, 'A Guide to Data to Support Health & Social Care Partnerships in Joint Strategic Commissioning and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Download PDF file [190kb]' that highlights data resources available to address these information needs has been produced.

For each topic area, the main data sources currently available have been identified, as well as data resources currently in development. A description of what each data resource provides, supporting information to assist in using the data, and signposting/weblinks to where to find the data (and further guidance) is available. Please note that this data guide is best accessed electronically, rather than on paper, to make use of the interactive weblinks.

An additional paper, 'Population Needs Assessment for Health and Social Care Partnerships: guidance on the use of data sources Download PDF file [95kb]' which provides a guide to population needs assessment for health and social care partnership is also available. This paper outlines the general approach to needs assessment. It also illustrates the approach by giving examples of data sources that could support each stage of the process. Links are provided to selected data sources but, the above guide to resources provides more detailed information on these. [Updated 8 October 2014]

Released 27th January 2015 - Integrated Resource Framework (IRF) NHS Scotland and Local Authority Social Care Expenditure; 2012/13.

Information on mapped expenditure of both NHS Scotland and all local authorities in Scotland for the financial year 2012-13. This information has been reported on as part of the Integrated Resource Framework (IRF) that supports Health and Social Care Integration and the understanding of overall resource use, for Scotland.

Further information can be found by downloading the Charts and Tables Download Excel file excel workbook.

Integrating Health and Social Care

This handout outlines some of the relevant data and analytical tools that can give insight to integrating health and social care Download PDF file [1.3mb] [Updated 21 September 2012]

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