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National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes

The National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes are high-level statements of what health and social care partners are attempting to achieve through integration and ultimately through the pursuit of quality improvement across health and social care.

By working with individuals and local communities, Integration Authorities will support people to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: People are able to look after and improve their own health and wellbeing and live in good health for longer
  • Outcome 2: People, including those with disabilities or long term conditions, or who are frail, are able to live, as far as reasonably practicable, independently and at home or in a homely setting in their community
  • Outcome 3. People who use health and social care services have positive experiences of those services, and have their dignity respected
  • Outcome 4. Health and social care services are centred on helping to maintain or improve the quality of life of people who use those services
  • Outcome 5. Health and social care services contribute to reducing health inequalities
  • Outcome 6. People who provide unpaid care are supported to look after their own health and wellbeing, including to reduce any negative impact of their caring role on their own health and well-being
  • Outcome 7. People using health and social care services are safe from harm
  • Outcome 8. People who work in health and social care services feel engaged with the work they do and are supported to continuously improve the information, support, care and treatment they provide
  • Outcome 9. Resources are used effectively and efficiently in the provision of health and social care services

An associated Core Suite of Integration Indicators has been developed in partnership with NHSScotland, COSLA and the third and independent sectors, drawing together measures that are appropriate for the whole system under integration.

A National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Guidance Framework that applies to integrated health and social care has also been produced:

Review of targets and indicators in health and social care

The Scottish Government has invited Sir Harry Burns to carry out an independent review of Scotland’s health and social care targets and indicators. The review aims to ensure that we take a whole system approach to measurement and reporting which supports our commitment to providing high quality services and tackling Scotland’s specific population health challenges. An expert group has been formed to support the review from which initial recommendations are expected in Spring 2017. These recommendations are likely to inform the on-going development of the integration indicators.