The aim of Clinical Profiles (formerly Surgical and Medical Profiles) is to stimulate reflective clinical practice and facilitate improvements in the care of patients, by making good use of existing Scotland-wide datasets.
Organisations/teams that provide clinical care cannot always guarantee good clinical outcomes for their patients. However, they should know what these outcomes are, and also use such information to reflect on - and guide improvements to the services they provide for their populations.
Clinical profiles have been designed as management information systems to be interpreted and used locally by NHS boards and clinicians. They present a range of data about medical and surgical activity and outcomes in Scotland. The data are most commonly presented by hospital of treatment . NHS boards are responsible for reviewing, and where necessary acting upon, their own data. Local and expert knowledge needs to be drawn upon to meaningfully interpret the data and the clinical profile should complement other sources of local intelligence. It is important to note that the data in the clinical profile cannot be used alone as a basis for making reliable judgements about the quality of clinical care.
Clinical Profiles data is available only to appropriate clinical staff, and is now accessed via the NSS Discovery Tool.
The content will continue to be expanded over the coming year, starting with Emergency Laparotomy which was added in September 2016.
The outcomes focus on mortality, emergency readmissions and length of stay.