The Sharing Intelligence for Health & Care Group Inaugural
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
- 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
- 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