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AHP Operational Measures

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September 2017: The AHP Operational Measures Dataset Consultation has concluded and the AHP Operational Measures Dataset v1.0 finalised. Please see the Consultation section below for the responses and the finalised dataset.

June 2017 - The AHP Operational Measures Dataset Consultation closed on Friday, 16th June 2017. Please see the Consultation section below for further information.

AHPOMs National Minimum Dataset Consultation 2017

The AHP Operational Measures Dataset Consultation has been concluded and the AHP Operational Measures Dataset Download PDF file finalised.

This consultation provided an opportunity for relevant organisations and individuals to offer their views on the proposed AHPOM dataset, and associated definitions, in order to ensure that the data collected and associated outputs will meet the needs of AHPs.

All responses were reviewed and considered along with other available evidence to help us finalise the AHPOM dataset. We have issued a feedback report on this consultation which is available below:

AHP Operational Measures Consultation Feedback v1.0 Download Excel file [128kb]

This concludes phase 2.1 of the project, a copy of the interim summary report and a one page project update is available below:

AHP Operational Measures Phase 2 Interim Report. Download PDF file [72kb]

AHP Operational Measures Phase 2.1 UpdateDownload PDF file [268kb]

Phase 2.2 has now commenced during which the nationally agreed dataset will be tested with partner organisations and a report formulated with options for future phases of the project. Please check this page for updates.

The AHPOMs National Minimum Dataset Consultation took place between 18 May and 16 June 2017. For reference, the consultation document is available below:

AHP Operational Measures Dataset Consultation Document Download PDF file [950kb]

Please check this page for updates.


At present, the Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in Health and Social Care have very little national data to evidence the value they give to the people of Scotland or to support future service planning. Previously national data sets were developed however AHPs had few Clinical IT systems to record and report data. The outcome of devolving responsibility for eHealth to local NHS boards since 2009 has seen the proliferation of locally defined data sets making national data capture difficult.

The AHP National Delivery Plan (NDP) for Scotland 2012-16 provided the impetus for change. The AHP Musculoskeletal Waiting Times component and its directive resulted in both an increase in the number of IT systems made available to AHPs and the need for national data recognised. The NDP action point 6.1 asked for a national minimum dataset to be captured from AHPs in Health Social Care and made available in dashboard format nationally. This was initiated during the timescales of the NDP but not completed. The Scottish Government, however, agreed for this work to be continued beyond the scope of the NDP.

Timeline of Developments


Operational Measures Project: Phase 2: Nov 2016 - May 2018

  • To create a defined and functional minimum data set fully consulted upon across Scottish AHPs and accompanying guidance.
  • To build a good understanding of AHP data held by health and social care partnerships for future inclusion in Operational Measures.
  • To work with partner organisations representing the geographic breadth of AHP service delivery in Scotland to test and refine the minimum data set against local systems, build data extraction protocols and produce example analysis.
The work is overseen by a national steering group with representatives from Scottish Government, National Information Leads, ISD’s project team, AHP Directors, AHP National Leads and AHP practitioners.

AHP Operational Measures Phase 2 Brief Download PDF file  [757kb]


Operational Measures Project: Phase 1: Oct 2015 - May 2016

Aim: to capture AHP Operational Measures data from 2 Health boards, identify issues and write a full business case supporting national implementation.

AHP Operational Measures Phase 1 Project Information Sheet Download PDF file [176kb]

AHP Operation Measures Poster - A Minimum Dataset for AHPs in Scotland Download PDF file [470kb]

AHP Operation Measures Phase 1 Report Executive Summary Download PDF file [470kb]
AHP Review of the AHP Minimum Dataset: Aug 2014 - May 2015. The AHP Minimum Data set was augmented by additional Key Performance Indicators and became known as AHP Operational Measures Download PDF file [470kb]. These output measures were approved by the AHP Directors, Leads & the Chief Health Professions Officer at Scottish Government. A successful business case was submitted by ISD to the Scottish Government to begin a Phase 1 project.

AHP IT survey.: Between Jan- March 2014, a national survey of AHP services captured information about the IT Systems used by AHPs in health care, the percentage of staff recording patient level data on them and how fully could these systems capture and report on the AHP Minimum Dataset of 2011.


AHP Professions: By 2013 the number of AHP professions increased to 12 - namely Arts Therapies, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics, Orthotics, Paramedics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Prosthetics, Speech & Language Therapy, Radiography (Diagnostics) and Radiography (Therapeutic).
Quality Metrics: In June 2012 discussions began between Scottish Government Chief Health Professions Office & ISD about the quality metrics referred to in item 6.1 of the NDP. The Quality Metrics Business Case was submitted to the Scottish Government which was revisited in 2013 and an AHP IT Survey was the 1st step in addressing item 6.1 of the NDP.



ISD Project team:

Richard Hunter,
Information Consultant

Rosie Lind and Alison Morris
Project Managers

Euan McComiskie, Fiona Millar and Laura Cameron
AHP Advisors

Primal Chohan, 
Information Analyst

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