Social care analysis statistics

Information from across the whole range of health and social care services for adults in Scotland.


For statistics relating to Hospitals and other areas of the NHS in Scotland, see NHS Scotland's Information Services Division (ISD).

Older publications related to health and social care are available in the archive of the Scottish Government's website.

Scottish Health Survey

The Scottish Health Survey provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population in private households and is designed to make a major contribution to the monitoring of health in Scotland.

View the Scottish Health Survey collection

Scottish Care Experience Survey Programme

The Scottish Care Experience Survey Programme is a suite of national surveys which aim to provide local and national information on the quality of health and care services from the perspective of those using them. The surveys allow local health and care providers to compare with other areas of Scotland and to track progress in improving the experiences of people using their services.

The Health & Care Experience Survey: covers GP services, Out of Hours care, social care and caring responsibilities.

The Inpatient Experience Survey: covers all aspects of inpatient stays from admission to care at home after discharge.

The Maternity Care Survey: covers postnatal, antenatal and hospital-based maternity care.

The Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey:covers a range of cancer care including diagnosis, support during treatment and inpatient/outpatient care.

Social care services

Publications relating to social care services in Scotland.

Mental health inpatient census

The 2019 Mental Health Inpatient Census was carried out as at 23:59 on the 28th March 2019 by NHS Boards across Scotland. The Census has 3 parts:

  • Part 1: Mental Health & Learning Disability Inpatient Bed Census
  • Part 2: Out of NHS Scotland Placements
  • Part 3: Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care & Long Stay

Parts 1 and 2 were carried out for the first time in October 2014, and repeated again each March from 2016 to present. In March 2016, the Census was expanded to include a section on patients receiving Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care (HBCCC) and Long Stay patients.

Respite care

This report brings together statistical analysis and research on caring. Information is presented on who provides care in Scotland, drawing from recent population surveys such as the Scotland’s 2011 Census and the Scottish Health Survey. The report considers the health and wellbeing of carers and the impact that caring can have on wellbeing as well as the nature, purpose and effectiveness of support for carers. The report is intended to provide a useful source of information for carer’s organisations, policy makers, local authorities and anyone who is a carer or knows someone who is a carer.

We should be grateful if you would complete a short survey allowing you to give feedback on this new publication.

Older publications relating to carers and respite care are available on the archived site.

Free personal & nursing care

Free Personal & Nursing Care was introduced by the Scottish Government in 2002 to people aged 65 and over. Information is included on amount spent on FPNC payments and the number of people receiving the payments either in their own home or in Care Homes.

Blind and partially sighted

An annual statistics release provides information on the number of people registered blind or partially sighted. Registration with Local Authorities for blind and partially sighted persons is not compulsory. Research studies suggest that between a quarter and a third of visually impaired people are in fact registered with Local Authorities.

Eligibility criteria and waiting times

The paper below presents analysis of the data collected in each quarter from January/March 2010 to October/December 2010. It also details the results of a questionnaire issued to Local Authorities, these results were used to identify differences in collection methodologies and gaps in the guidance. More recent data is available above.

National Performance Indicators & Data Linkage

Information on NHS indicators can be found on the ISD Scotland website:

For Population Projections, please see the National Records of Scotland website

Information related to health & community care data linkage is attached below.


If you have any enquiries relating to social care analysis statistics then please contact us at:

Experience surveys: 
Scottish Health Survey:
Social care:

The Scottish Government
Health Finance Directorate
Analytical Services
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St Andrews House
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