The Health and Social Care Benchmarking Network (HSCBN) has been inexistence since 2009 and has been hosted by the University of Edinburgh since May 2014. First in the School of Health in Social Science and now in the Usher Institute.
The Network consists of 28 Health and Social Care Partnerships who joined together to understand their performance at a strategic level to help improve outcomes for people (and their carers) who use health and care services.
It facilitates partnerships to share data and information with others in Scotland and compare performance directly based on consistent, clear information. The Network seeks to achieve through a vision and set of strategic objectives. To help health and social care services become more efficient and effective, the HSCBN engages with partnerships in:
- benchmarking and analysis;
- knowledge exchange and development of best practice;
- improving performance management frameworks at a local and national level
- emphasising a personal outcomes approach.
The Network maintains strong ties with national health and social care organisations, Scottish Government, the third sector, as well as academics working in the field. It keeps its members informed about developments in Scottish health and social care and facilitates members’ requests for better understanding, often carrying out project work on issues of interest.
The HSCBN operates through regular knowledge exchange quarterly meetings and communicates news and information through a regular newsletter, website, and other forms of social media.