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Summary: Disability and Health, Social Care and Sport

Summary: Disability and Health, Social Care and Sport

  • In 2016, 29% of home-care clients had physical disabilities.

Source: Social Care Survey, 2016

  • Carers - 16% of people who provide unpaid care to a relative, friend or neighbour are deaf or have partial hearing loss; 16% have a physical disability; 11% have a mental health condition.

Source: Scotland’s Carers

  • In 2014, those with a long-term limiting condition have considerably lower levels of good/very good general health than the rest of the population (27.5% compared with 88.6% in the non-disabled group).

  • In 2014, the smoking rate for this group is around 40% higher than for the rest of the population. Smoking prevalence among those with long-term limiting conditions has fallen in line with the change at national level since 2012, down 2.2 points to 27.7% in 2014.

  • In 2014, people with long-term physical or mental health conditions that limit their daily activities have lower levels of mental wellbeing.

Source: Scottish Surveys Core Questions (SSCQ) 2014

  • The association between self-assessed health and disability is very strong, as might be expected. Only 39% of respondents with a limiting long-term condition reported being in good or very good heath compared to 81% of those with a non-limiting condition and 92% of those without any condition. 

Source: Scottish Health Survey Topic Report: Equality Groups


  • As at end March 2017, 0.8% of the staff employed by NHSScotland declared a disability.  (Information on disability, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation is based on data from a self-reported questionnaire. As this is not mandatory, response rates and completion are variable across NHSScotland.)

Source: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/


  • The Scottish Government collects information on the experiences of people in relation to healthcare services through the Scottish care experience survey programme.  Both patient and non-patient factors influence people’s experiences. While patient characteristics such as age and gender account for some of the variation in experiences, non-patient factors such as the individual GP practice, GP practice size, type of admission to hospital and individual hospital are also an important influence on experience.

  • Analysis has been undertaken which takes all of these factors into account in relation to differences in experiences for GP, Inpatient and Cancer care.  This analysis can be found at:

 Sources: Variations in the Experience of Inpatients in Scotland: Analysis of the 2016 Inpatient Survey

Scottish Patient Experience Survey of GP and Local NHS Services 2011/12 Volume 3: Variation in the Experiences of Primary Care Patients

Experience Survey Volume 3: Exploring differences in experience

Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2015/16 - Exploring Differences in Cancer Patient Experiences


Useful Links

Disability Page

Health, Social Care and Sport Page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’.

National Indicator number 26: Reduce the percentage of adults who smoke, data table

- progress against this National Indicator, broken down by Disability, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs


Future Developments

Future Developments

Developing datasets section of website to include more interactive spreadsheets that provide additional anaylsis than in our publications - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/Data

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

ISD Care Homes Publication

ISD Home Page

Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability - The Same as You? (eSAY Publication)

The Scottish Public Health Observatory

The NHS Health Scotland equality team webpages provide an introduction to equality, health inequalities and human rights in relation to health outcomes for each of the nine protected characteristics, signposting to qualitative research about access to services, practice guidance and case studies to help planners and practitioners design and deliver services which meet the needs of individuals and communities. Their Monthly Equalities Alert provides an update on the latest articles and journals covering health in relation to protected characteristics and population groups.



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