National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes

There are nine health and wellbeing outcomes which apply to integrated care.

The outcomes provide a national framework for measuring the impact of integrated health and social care on the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Their aim is to improve the quality and consistency of services for individuals, carers and their families, and those who work within health and social care.

All Health Boards, Local Authorities and Integration Authorities are jointly responsible and accountable for their delivery.

Integration Authorities are required to publish an annual performance report that demonstrates progress towards achieving these outcomes. These reports will need to include information about the core suite of indicators, supported by local measures and contextualising data to provide a broader picture of local performance.

Health and Wellbeing Outcomes

  1. People are able to look after and improve their own health and wellbeing and live in good health for longer.
  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.
  3. People who use health and social care services have positive experiences of those services, and have their dignity respected.
  4. Health and social care services are centred on helping to maintain or improve the quality of life of people who use those services.
  5. Health and social care services contribute to reducing health inequalities.
  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 wellbeing.
  7. People who use health and social care services are safe from harm.
  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.
  9. Resources are used effectively and efficiently in the provision of health and social care services.

How will we know if integration is working?

The core suite of integration indicators draw together measures that are appropriate for the whole system under integration. They have been developed in partnership with NHSScotland, COSLA and the third and independent sectors. They should be used in conjunction with the Public Bodies (Joint Working)(National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes) (Scotland) Regulations 2014.

View the Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Guidance

View the Core Suite of Integration Indicators

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