Health and 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 and Learning Disability Inpatient Bed Census
  • Part 2: Out of NHS Scotland Placements
  • Part 3: Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care and 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.

Free personal and nursing care

Free Personal and 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.

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 and 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.

Information for data suppliers

Carers Census

The Carers Census collects a variety of information on unpaid carers being supported by Local Authorities and Carer Centres across Scotland. This information is being collected in part to help monitor the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, which came into force on 1st April 2018. 

For the Scotland’s Carers report, which brought together statistical analysis and research on caring, please see Scotland's Carers.

Discontinued publications


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
Regent Road

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