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National Benchmarking Project

Adult Mental Health

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Adult Mental Health Benchmarking


The principle objective of the Mental Health Benchmarking project is to improve Mental Health Services by using benchmarking to understand and compare services and their outcomes and to promote best practice through:

  • assessment of the availability and use of Mental Health information
  • developing a common set of Mental Health Service Definitions
  • developing a balanced scorecard approach to performance
  • evaluation of current mental health information system implementations
  • evaluation of the role of information in joint mental health planning

Our approach is to use a range of comparative information to compare key aspects of performance by developing a suite of appropriate indicators, linked to the Quality Strategy themes of Efficient, Effective, Person-centred, Safe, Equitable and Timely. The aims of this are to inform key areas such as:

  • patient experience and health outcomes
  • how resources are used and managed
  • whether services functions are appropriate, sufficiently sized and appropriately positioned to meet the needs of local communities in the medium and longer term
  • achieving best value from current investment when resources are limited

Adult Mental Health Benchmarking Toolkit

The Adult Mental Health Benchmarking Toolkit helps to facilitate improvement of the Mental Health services in Scotland by using a range of comparative information to compare key aspects of performance, identify gaps, identify opportunities for improvement and monitor progress.

The information is primarily adult focussed based on the General Psychiatry and Psychiatry of Old Age specialties, and excludes Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Learning Disabilities and Forensic Psychiatry services. However, for certain indicators data are not available at an adult only level and may pertain to the wider Mental Health service.

The latest release of the toolkit contains information up to the end of March 2015. It comprises all available data for the relevant indicators split across the Quality Strategy domains; and is intended for both clinical and management use.

Click here to view Mental Health Benchmarking Toolkit 2014/2015 Download Excel file [1.1MB]

Background information on the definitions, sources and revisions of the indicators can be found in the following document:

Definitions and Sources Download PDF file [330KB]

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