GP Clusters will use data and health intelligence at a local level to consider local priorities, facilitate assurance and drive improvement in the quality of care provided by different parts of the health and social care system. With support from local LIST Analysts, GP Clusters can use data to plan improvements, assess the effectiveness of improvement through testing and monitor results when improvements are embedded into practice.
As a first step, data can be used in the following activities at both Practice and Cluster level to:
- consider clinical priorities by conducting a population health needs analysis
- develop Practice and Cluster Quality Improvement Plans
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- Data sources
The planning of GP Cluster quality improvement initiatives is informed by evidence and on population health needs, service capacity and demand and effective interventions to improve health and reduce inequalities. ISD Scotland holds a range of data supporting Primary Care, GP Clusters and Health and Social Care Partnerships to deliver high quality, effective and efficient services to meet the changing needs of the Scottish population.
ISD has developed a Spark Page signposting what services and data are available to GPs. The Spark Page aims to support GP Clusters in their quality improvement activities and in the redesign of local health and social care services, enabling multidisciplinary teams to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time. The Spark Page provides information on:
- Local Intelligence Support (LIST)
- Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE)
- Primary Care Information Dashboards
- NSS Discovery and the GP Cluster Dashboard
- Scottish Patients at Risk of Readmission and Admission (SPARRA)
- High Health Gain Individuals
- Health and Social Care Data Integration
- Care Home Census
- The Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO)
- Service Access – Mental Health
- Service Access – System Watch
- Service Access – Unscheduled Care
Please also visit the LIST team’s webpage for more information on how LIST can support GPs with their data needs.
- Data planning
Before you start, it can be helpful to reflect on key questions to make sure you get the most from your data.
What story do you want to tell?
- Would you like to describe the whole or a specific part of the problem?
- Do you want to propose a specific solution, or engage others in a collaborative decision-making process?
- Does your story focus on a specific person, population, condition, process or pathway?
What kind of data can tell your story?
- Incremental data over time
- Point-in-time/snapshot data
- Exact measures, averages or ranges
How can you use data to drive improvement?
- To identify the problem
- To define the problem
- To communicate the scope, relevance and importance of the problem
- To devise appropriate interventions for the problem
- To measure the processes and outcomes towards your improvement goal
Click on the link below to learn about how a general practice used data to understand the needs of frequent attenders:
Check out what other data sources are available to you
ISD has developed a Spark Page signposting what services and data are available to GPs.
- Tools for data collection
The tools and resources in this section can help you collect, understand and display data and have been produced and shared by NHS Education Scotland. You and your organisation can collect data on a large or small scale using these tools, or you can visit one of the data sources listed in the dropdown bar below to access the full range of national and local information currently available.
Collecting Data. (PDF)
Analysing Data. (PDF)
Further learning on data collection and how to use it in quality improvement projects can be found in:
NHS Health Scotland have also produced guidance on how to carry out a needs assessment to support improvement in practice.