Targets and Indicators for Health and Social Care Services in Scotland

Professor Sir Harry Burns’ report into the use of targets and indicators in Scotland – out now!

Former Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns has carried out an independent national review into targets and indicators for health and social care. The review considered how targets and performance indicators can lead to the best outcomes for people being cared for, whether in hospital, primary care, community care or social care services.

This covers areas such as:

  • Mental Health
  • Childrens well-being
  • Young People
  • Primary Care
  • Socioeconomic factors
  • Emergency Care

Conclusions include:

  • A different approach to targets and indicators is necessary
  • There is a need to move to a system of indicators and targets which allow improvements across the whole system of care to be tracked
  • Characteristics of effective indicators include the fact that they are pragmatic, co-produced and subject to continuing review

You can access and download the report here.

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