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The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT), on behalf of the Scottish Government's Technology Enabled Care Programme, recently commissioned the Information Services Division (ISD) of NSS Scotland to bring together data to provide key intelligence to assist local planning, support transformation programmes and commissioning for Long Term Conditions in Scotland.

Complimenting previous work in this area, this new suite of reports , national projection tables and board projection tables, provides a much sharper focus by examining specific disease prevalence in the context of demographic change projections for the next 15 years.  The results are both informative and stark. They can be accessed at https://sctt.org.uk/programmes/home-and-mobile-monitoring/long-term-conditions/.

AHP Operational Measures National Minimum Dataset Consultation 2017

The AHP Operational Measures National Minimum Dataset Consultation 2017 is now live.  This consultation document provides an opportunity for relevant organisations and individuals to offer their view on the proposed AHP Operational Measures National Minimum Dataset.  Find out more about the consultation.
[18 May 2017]

#DataFest17

ISD are delighted to be taking part in #DataFest17 this week. It is a festival of data innovation hosted across Scotland from 20th-24 March 2017. Find out more at http://www.datafest.global/
[20 March 2017]

Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse

A study looking at patient outcomes after vaginal mesh surgery for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse has been published in The Lancet. The study was led by ISD in conjunction with doctors and academics from across Scotland.

Further information on the study
[28 March 2017]

Scottish antimicrobial use and resistance in humans in 2015

Health Protection Scotland and Information Services Division are today publishing a report on antibiotic use and resistance in Scotland during 2015.

This latest report shows that while work by the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing is proving successful, continued efforts are required to further reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. The report is intended to support NHS Boards, hospitals and primary care in their long-term planning of antimicrobial prescribing. In particular, this report should be of use to antimicrobial management teams, infection prevention and control teams and microbiologists.

Scottish antimicrobial use and resistance in humans in 2015
[30 August 2016]

Suicide in Scotland – Understanding the risks and informing preventative action

Two reports published today make a major contribution to the continuing efforts to prevent suicide in Scotland. These reports from the Information Services Division and the Scottish Public Health Observatory help Scotland’s policymakers, mental health services, local authorities and voluntary organisations to target people and places at higher risk of suicide and identify where future prevention action should be focused.

The report from the Scottish Suicide Information Database presents a profile of 4,464 suicide deaths in Scotland between 2009 and 2014. The Scottish Public Health Observatory report describes the epidemiology of suicide in Scotland in 2015 and trends in the suicide rate in recent years.

A profile of deaths by suicide in Scotland 2009-2014: a report from the Scottish Suicide Information Database Suicide Statistics for Scotland – Update of trends to 2015 [291Kb]
[10 August 2016]

 Dental Registration and Participation Information Consultation

We are currently reviewing the frequency of our dental registration and participation information and are keen to have your views on this. To take part please complete the Consultation [34Kb] and email to NSS.isd-dental-info@nhs.net by Monday 15 August 2016.

Scottish Morbidity and Mortality Programme

The Scottish Morbidity and Mortality Programme has been established to provide structure, support and offer standardised approaches to morbidity and mortality review meetings and related processes. This programme will be able to help NHS Boards improve such process, identify opportunities for improving patient care and share learning.  With a strong focus on improvement, the programme will support education and training, develop systems that support processes and share learning across NHS Boards. Find out more about our work.
[30 June 2016]

Publishing Annual Hospital Activity and Beds Information Consultation

We are currently reviewing how we publish our annual Hospital Activity and Beds Information and are keen to have your views on this. To take part, please review the Consultation [40Kb] and email NSS.isdSCT@nhs.net with your comments by Friday 15 July 2016.

Publishing primary care out of hours information consultation

We are currently reviewing how we publish primary care out of hours information and are keen to have your views on this. To take part, please complete the Consultation [625Kb] and email to NSS.isdunscheduledcare@nhs.net by Thursday 30 June 2016.
[2 June 2016]

Prescribing Data Consultation

Users and stakeholders of national prescribing data held by the Information Services Division were invited to submit their views on proposed changes to the way in which this information is made available. The consultation ran from mid September 2015 until the end of October 2015. The results and conclusions of this consultation can be found here [79kb].
[18 December 2015]

We are recruiting

The Information Services Division and Health Protection Scotland work together as part of NHS National Services Scotland. We are holding two recruitment information sessions for anyone who is interested finding out more about working with us. Come along to meet us and find out more about the wide range of work we do to support Scotland’s health. You will be able to pick up information about our work; speak to staff about what they do; find out about current recruitment and register your details to hear about forthcoming vacancies.

Edinburgh
Wednesday 27 January 16:30 to 18:45 at Gyle Square 1 South Gyle Crescent Edinburgh EH12 9EB

Glasgow
Monday 1 February 16:30 to 18:45 at Meridian Court, 5 Cadogan Street Glasgow G2 6QE

Please email PHIRecruitmentService to book your place.

[Added 21 January 2016]

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Benchmarking Release

The latest CAMHS Benchmarking Toolkit (for data up to September 2015) contains information on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times, workforce statistics, inpatient admissions and inpatient bed days. Data relating to learning disabilities have been included in the publication for the first time. The Scottish Government has set a standard of a maximum wait of 18 weeks from a patient’s referral to treatment for specialist CAMH services from December 2014. The latest toolkit reflects this 18 week target rather than 26 weeks as in previous quarters.

[15 December 2015]

Analysis of NHS information on surgery for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in Scotland

In 2014, the Scottish Government set up the Independent Review of Transvaginal Mesh Implants ('the Review'). The Review was asked to examine the safety of mesh surgery for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Information Services Division was asked to help the Review by examining routine NHS information collected on patients treated for these conditions. Our report Analysis of NHS information on surgery for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in Scotland gives a summary of the analysis that was carried out and what was found.

[16 October 2015]

Prescribing Data Consultation

ISD is carrying out a consultation on prescribing data: download in either word [326 Kb] or pdf [127 Kb] format: we would like to hear the views of stakeholders to inform our proposed changes. We are keen to identify data that is of interest and find ways to continue to improve our publications. If you would like to feedback to the consultation please e-mail your responses to NSS.isdprescribing@nhs.net by 31 October 2015.

Child & Adolescent Mental Benchmarking Release

Our Mental Health Benchmarking tools have been designed to support staff drive continuous improvement in the provision of mental health services in Scotland.

The latest CAMHS Benchmarking Toolkit (for data up to June 2015) contains information on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times, workforce statistics, inpatient admissions and inpatient bed days.

Excellence in Official Statistics Awards

Each year the Royal Statistical Society presents an award for excellence in official statistics across the UK. Information Services Division is delighted to announce we have been awarded runner up in the Best Statistical release category for the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey. The award recognises good practice in official statistics, focusing on meeting the needs of the wider user community, excellent presentation of official statistics and examples of innovative statistical practices that have improved statistical information for users.

Read the RSS announcement.
Visit the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey latest report pages.

[Added 24 July 2015]

Mental Health Benchmarking Tools

Our Mental Health Benchmarking tools have been designed to support staff drive continuous improvement in the provision of mental health services in Scotland.

The latest CAMHS Benchmarking Toolkit (for data up to March 2015) contains information on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times and workforce statistics.   Following an absence from the toolkit, inpatient admissions and inpatient bed days have been reinstated.

The latest Adult Benchmarking Toolkit (for data up to 31 March 2014) contains information 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.

[30 June 2015]

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Benchmarking Release

Our Mental Health Benchmarking tools have been designed to support staff drive continuous improvement in the provision of mental health services in Scotland.

The latest CAMHS Benchmarking Toolkit (for data up to December 2014) contains information on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times and workforce statistics.

[28 April 2015]

Cancer Waiting Times Publication Consultation

ISD are undertaking a consultation on the format, content and timeliness of the Cancer Waiting Times publication. The consultation will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday 15 May 2015.

Cancer Waiting Times - Consultation [114Kb]

[13 April 2015]

Infection Intelligence Platform

The Infection Intelligence Platform (IIP) is an integrated resource for healthcare associated infection surveillance and research. It is an exciting innovation in the prevention and management of infection and confirms Scotland's position as a world leader in healthcare informatics. The latest IIP newsletter contains updates on progress and dates of forthcoming presentations. [23 February 2015]

Open Data

'Open Data' is data that is freely available for anyone to use, re-use or redistribute it for any purpose without restriction or charge. Our Transforming Information Programme (TRIP) is running pilot projects to explore how ISD can release more data in this way. Margaret McLeod, workstream lead has written this short post about Open Data on the TRIP blog.

[23 February 2015]

Antimicrobials: No room for complacency despite solid progress

A report published today by Health Protection Scotland and Information Services Division on behalf of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) shows that work by SAPG to improve the quality of antibiotic use is paying dividends. However, the report also stresses that there can be no let-up in the drive to further reduce unnecessary prescribing. In 2013 the use of systemic antibacterials in primary care (excluding dental) was 5.4% lower than in 2012 - the largest annual reduction since 2000. The total use of systemic antibacterials in hospitals showed a 1.6% increase from 2012. There has been a continued upward trend since 2009; however, the increase in the rate of prescribing observed in 2013 was lower than in previous years.

Professor Dilip Nathwani, Chair of SAPG said: "This recent report show clear progress, and the reductions in actual prescribing rates and increase trends of less total use and the use of key antibiotic in hospitals is also very encouraging. I'd like to express my thanks to Scottish healthcare professionals and the public for helping us to achieve these successes. However, there is no room for complacency here and we have a long way to go. We must continue to reduce unnecessary antimicrobial use in all healthcare settings if we are to preserve the effectiveness of this very important group of drugs. Furthermore, we need to remain vigilant of maintaining and improving the reductions we have achieved in C. difficile infections and keeping our resistance rates at low levels."

You can read the full report here.

[27 January 2015]

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Benchmarking Release

Our Mental Health Benchmarking tools have been designed to support staff drive continuous improvement in the provision of mental health services in Scotland.

The latest CAMHS Benchmarking Toolkit and Dashboard (for data up to September 2014) contains information on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times and workforce statistics.

[Updated 13 January 2015]

Changes to Publication Release Practices

Following consultation with users of our statistics, ISD will be changing its publication release practices. From January 2015, ISD will move to publishing on a weekly basis where previously, official statistics were ‘bunched’ into one main release date each month. That process was originally introduced to allow better management the publishing process and ensure like publications were grouped together.  However, over recent years, the number of publications and the amount of health data released has increased which means there can be times when are over 20 releases in one day.  At our joint user engagement event with the UK Statistics Authority in June 2014, we received a clear mandate from users from a number of different sectors to review our current release practices. Decisions about the appropriate date to release a statistical publication will be based on allowing adequate time from data collection to publication, ensuring all quality assurance is completed before preview to NHS Boards and Scottish Government to a pre-announced publication timetable, adhering to the principles in the UK Statistics Code of Practice.

The latest post on our Transforming Information blog explains more: www.trip.scot.nhs.uk

[Updated 24 November 2014]

Supporting Health and Social Care Partnerships

In order for health and social care partnerships to commission and deliver services that best meet the needs of local communities, they require a clear understanding of the health and care needs of their population, from the perspective of the NHS and local authority. Today, ISD have published two documents to support health and social care partnerships understand the current, and future, health and care needs of their local populations and in commissioning and delivering services to meet those needs.

'A Guide to Data to Support Health & Social Care Partnerships in Joint Strategic Commissioning and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment' along with a paper entitled 'Population Needs Assessment for Health and Social Care Partnerships: guidance on the use of data sources' are now available from our Health and Social Community Care pages.

[8 October 2014]

Consultation on Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Times publication

ISD are consulting on the schedule and content of future releases of the Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Times publication. We would like to hear your views. The consultation will run until 7 November. You can find out more on the Emergency Care pages.

[6 October 2014]

Mental Health Benchmarking Releases

Our Mental Health Benchmarking tools have been designed to support staff drive continuous improvement in the provision of mental health services in Scotland.

The Adult Mental Health Toolkit (for data up to 31 March 2013) contains information on performance of a range of measures from length of stay and readmissions to compulsory treatment orders and suicides.  The latest CAMHS Benchmarking Toolkit and Dashboard (for data up to June 2014) contains information on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times and workforce statistics.

[9 September 2014]

Government Statistical Service - User Engagement Case Study

Our 'Taking Care of Scottish Health Statistics' event has just been featured in a user engagement case study on the Government Statistical Service website

[27 August 2014]

Taking Care of Scottish Health Statistics

'Can we make official health statistics better?' was the question posed to attendees at a user engagement event on 17 June. Run jointly by UK Statistics Authority and ISD, this event was run as part of our Transforming Information Programme. The aim of the day was to better understand user needs to help inform improvements in quality, value, accessibility and impact of  information. The event was open to anybody with an interest in health statistics. A report of the day is available from our Transforming Information blog. The Transforming Information Programme is a project focused on finding more effective ways of sharing information about health and care in Scotland.

[20 August 2014]

Community District Nursing Team Activity Dataset consultation closes on 22 August

There are only a few days remaining of the consultation on the draft Community District Nursing Team Activity dataset. We want to ensure that the final dataset reflects both local data needs and current good practice and we welcome your participation in this important consultation process. You can find out more about our consultation at the ‘Community Health Activity Data Project’.

[19 August 2014]

Transforming Information Programme

The Transforming Information Programme is a project focused on finding more effective ways of sharing information about health and care in Scotland. This week we are delighted to announce the launch of our blog at www.trip.scot.nhs.uk. Our first blog post features a video overview of the programme by programme sponsor Fiona Murphy. There is an overview of the programme in the ‘About’ page and we also made the video available on YouTube. We would love to hear your comments or suggestions about what we are doing. We think this is an exciting time in the development of health and care information and we hope you will give our programme your support.

[23 July 2014]

Consultation on the Community District Nursing Team Activity Dataset

We would like to hear your views, comments and amendments to the draft Community District Nursing Team Activity dataset and associated data definitions that will underpin national and local district nursing team data collection. The ISD project team has been working with a number of NHS Boards to develop this draft dataset. We are now undertaking a wider consultation with all NHS Boards and other stakeholders, so that the final dataset reflects both local data needs and current good practice and we welcome your participation in this important consultation process. You can find out more about the consultation through our Community Health Activity Data Project pages.

[8 July 2014]

Rotavirus immunisation uptake rates published for the first time

The latest childhood immunisation statistics report contains provisional rotavirus immunisation uptake rates for this recently introduced programme. This is the first time that ISD has published this information. Children who reached six months of age in the quarter January – March 2014 were one of the first cohorts to be routinely offered the rotavirus vaccine. The data shows that uptake is high, 95.8% of children evaluated at six months of age had received the first dose, and 93.0% had completed the full two dose course of rotavirus immunisation.

Vaccination programmes for children in Scotland aim both to protect the individual from many serious infectious diseases and to prevent the spread within the wider population. This publication provides a quarterly update of immunisation uptake rates for children at 12 months, 24 months, 5 years and 6 years of age, by NHS Board and Community Health Partnership for the quarter and financial year ending 31 March 2014.

[27 June 2014]

Acute Activity and Hospital Beds Publication User Survey - this survey is now closed.

ISD are conducting an Acute Activity and Hospital Beds Publication user survey alongside the release of the latest quarterly publication to help build a better understanding of what our customers need from this report. We are interested to hear whether or not you find the publication useful and if you have any feedback with regards to how we can enhance the publication to better meet your requirements.

Responses to the survey will be used to help inform any future modifications that we make to the publication. Once the survey has closed and the responses have been collated and analysed a summary of survey responses will be made available afterwards. The survey will run until 25 July. If you or your colleagues have any questions about the survey or about acute activity and hospital beds information more generally, please direct your queries to Maighread Simpson by e-mail or telephone 0141 282 2153.

[24 June 2014]


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