The Health & Social Care Benchmarking Network

Realising Improvement in Health and Care in Scotland



The Health and Social Care Benchmarking Network (HSCBN) is an association of 28 Health and Social Care Partnerships in Scotland with an approved ‘Partnership Agreement’ and data sharing protocol.

Originally established in 2009, as the Scottish Community Care Benchmarking Network with the support of the Joint Improvement Team, the HSCBN is now principally funded by shared subscription to promote networking, benchmarking activity and knowledge exchange to improve outcomes for service users and their carers.

The main individual participants are information managers, planners and practitioner managers from Local Authority and NHS backgrounds.


The Partnership Vision

“To improve health and wellbeing outcomes by sharing data, analysis and learning”


Strategic Objectives

  • To be outcome-focused in everything we do
  • To provide effective benchmarking services
  • To build collaborative relationships and facilitate learning
  • To be contemporary in our thinking

From 2014 to 2017 the HSCBN was hosted by the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh and has now moved within the University to the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, in order to maximise its potential for academic collaboration. The network played an important role in the development of the Health and Wellbeing Outcomes and is now actively engaged with Scottish Government and NSS Scotland in facilitating progress in the use of the national indicators for performance reporting, planning and improvement.


What We Do

The Network seeks to achieve its objectives through engagement with Health and Social Care Partnerships in benchmarking and analysis. We facilitate the sharing and development of best practice to help health and social care services become more efficient and effective. It assists the improvement of performance management frameworks at a local and national level and emphasises the personal outcomes approach.

The HSCBN operates through regular quarterly meetings, to which all members are invited to attend, to share with and learn from one another. In addition, the Network maintains strong ties with health and social care organisations in the Scottish Government and the Third Sector, as well as academics working in the field. It keeps its members informed about developments in health and social care in Scotland and facilitates members’ requests for better understanding, often carrying out project work on issues of particular interest.



Membership of HSCBN is open to all local authorities, community health partnerships and health boards in Scotland. To find out more about the network contact us by email, phone or webform.