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Community Health Activity Data

Health and Social Care

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Community Health Activity Data

With an annual community spend of £1.8 billion in 2014/15, the development of a robust community health activity and cost dataset is crucial. NHS Boards who have begun to implement the recording of community based activity and costs, have demonstrated improvements in delivery of care, workforce planning and efficiency and effectiveness of services.


It is widely recognised that community health data has for some time been underdeveloped compared to the detailed acute and hospital based health data that exists for NHS Scotland.

The move towards the Integration of Health & Social Care has further highlighted the need for robust community data. The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 requires Health Boards and Local Authorities to put in place integrated governance arrangements for adult health and social care. A key remit of the newly integrated Health & Social Care Partnerships is to oversee the development and delivery of joint strategic commissioning plans.

An effective strategic plan will require a robust evidence base to enable good local understanding of activity and resource use across health and social care, and to support service planning that is in line with local priorities.

The Health and Social Care Management Board of the Scottish Government has highlighted the development of a community health activity and cost dataset as a key development project for NHSScotland. The Technical Advisory Group for Resource Allocation (TAGRA) is responsible for the maintenance and on-going development of the National Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC) formula. TAGRA have recommended that the Information Services Division (ISD) should "oversee the delivery of a reliable national dataset for community activity and costs".

The project to deliver this is now underway and will be rolled out by specialty.

At all stages in this project we will seek to minimise data collection by using and enhancing existing sources of data and technology.

District Nursing Team Activity

A District Nursing Team activity and cost dataset will contribute to improving the health of the population through consistent gathering of information. It will also enable more efficient workforce planning. This will help and support a successful patient care pathway experience.

This dataset went live on the 1st April 2015. For further information please go to the District Nursing page.

Community Mental Health

A Mental Health Team activity and cost dataset will contribute to improving the heath of the population through consistent gathering of multi-disciplinary and integrated information.

All community mental health data, with the exception of Addictions, CAMHS and Learning Disabilities, should be included. This includes Primary Care Mental Health Teams, Community Mental Health Teams and specialist teams such as Forensic Community Teams and Esteem Teams etc.

This dataset went live on the 1st April 2016. For further information please go to the Community Mental Health page.

Health Visiting

The next phase of the Community Health Activity Data project is Health Visitor activity data.

A consultation on the draft dataset was held in August 2016. All responses received were considered and as a result of the process a number of amendments are being made to the dataset. A consultation response document Download Excel file is now available..

We will now work with pilot sites on the submission of test data. If you are interested in participating or would like further information please email


If you would like further information about this project please contact:

Margaret Parsons
Project Lead
Tel: 0131 275 6528

Community Health Activity Data Project Team

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