How are the data used

This National Statistics release on acute hospital activity and NHS beds is made available so that all of our customers can use the data. The data are made available under open government licence (external website), meaning the data can be used for any purpose that is appropriate.

Data have been used to look at the performance of these services, to plan for future needs, to support quality improvement, to see how services are changing over time and many other purposes.

Each of the NHS Boards in Scotland needs local and national data. Data are used to plan and improve the services they deliver. Each NHS Board has analytical teams that use a variety of data sources, including data from Public Health Scotland (PHS), to understand how care is delivered. This intelligence is then used to identify opportunities to improve services.

Quality and performance reports are one example of the use of data. These are produced for each NHS Board’s corporate management team and their executive board. They would use this report to get a high-level overview of performance and quality improvement before identifying areas to focus on and potential strategies.

As part of the Transforming Publishing Programme, PHS is working with teams like this and other customers to provide data to them in a way that better meets their needs. The diagram below shows some examples of what our other customers want from us.

Last updated: 21 March 2024
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