Sharing intelligence report

The Sharing Intelligence for Health & Care Group Inaugural report

In recent years, it has become more widely recognised that sharing and acting upon data and information about the quality of care is an essential component in delivering high quality health and social care. As well as including the sharing of information at the point where care is provided, this also applies to the sharing of intelligence between national agencies.

In Scotland, there are a number of national organisations that hold a considerable amount of data and information about the quality of health and social care. However, prior to April 2015, there was no ready mechanism that enabled these organisations to draw together and consider this collective data and information.

In response to this scenario, the Sharing Intelligence for Health & Care Group was established to bring together a number of national bodies for the purpose of sharing and considering the intelligence we hold about the quality of health and social care.

The Sharing Intelligence for Health & Care Group includes representation from the following six national organisations: Audit Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, and Public Health & Intelligence.

The group provides a mechanism for these agencies to share and consider their collective data and information about health and social care providers, and have an active dialogue about the quality of health and social care.

Specifically, the aims of the group are to:

  • provide a forum to identify potential or actual risks to the quality of health and social care and, where necessary, initiate further action in response to these risks, and
  • promote co-ordination of activity between these partner organisations, respecting the statutory responsibilities of each.

The following report summarises the work of the Sharing Intelligence for Health & Care Group to date and outlines our plan for the future.

Published Date: 26 May 2016