Primary Care indicators
92. The Scottish Government has expressed a view that general practice and primary care should be at the heart of the healthcare system; for those who need care to be more informed and empowered than ever, with access to the right person at the right time, while remaining at or near home wherever possible. This is located within the wider context of health and social care integration.
93. The lack of robust primary care data has been a significant challenge in the drive towards intelligence-led primary healthcare. The dismantling of the Quality and Outcomes Framework ( QOF) and establishment of GP Clusters represents a step change in approaches for continuously improving the quality of care. This is accompanied by the development of the Scottish Primary Care Information Resource ( SPIRE), to help primary care and the NHS in Scotland better plan and develop health and care services, and the expansion of Local Intelligence Support Team ( LIST) analysts located in Health and Social Care Partnerships and primary care to facilitate the use of data to improve service design and delivery, care pathways and the targeted use of resources. These initiatives provide new opportunities to develop a set of indicators that will assist in understanding the contribution of the multi-disciplinary primary care of the future to improving outcomes for Scotland's people.