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Introduction to NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland is the organisation responsible for the overall running of the Scottish National Health Service.  As part of NHS Scotland, the NHS National Services Scotland provides strategic support services and expert advice.  The Information Services Division (ISD) is part of NHS National Services Scotland and they collect, manage and centrally hold a wide variety of NHS Scotland health administrative data.  ISD is an essential support service to both NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, and aims to provide health information, statistics and IT services to ensure efficient and effective delivery of patient care.

ISD is part of the SHIP (ScottisH Informatics Programme), a Scotland wide research platform for the collation, management, dissemination and analysis of Electronic Patient Records.  As part of SHIP, ISD delivers Electronic Data Research and Innovation Service (eDRIS), a one stop shop for health research designed to provide a single point of contact and to assist researchers in study design, approvals and data (non-patient or patient identifiable) access in a secure environment (the NSS National Safe Haven).

The contents on this page provide basic information about NHS Scotland health administrative datasets collected by ISD.  An interactive information map is available to help navigate to different information sources.

Researchers unfamiliar with NHS Scotland ISD administrative datasets should familiarise themselves with the documents below before proceeding to read more about their datasets, available by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

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