Transforming health and social care in Scotland


Audit Scotland supports the improvement of public services by looking at how public money is spent, and whether policies are achieving desired outcomes for individuals and bodies. We carry out extensive work on Scotland’s health and social care services, which face challenges from reducing budgets, increasing demand, and an ageing population.

We also report annually on the financial performance of councils and NHS bodies, such as health boards, and integration authorities, on behalf of the Auditor General and the Accounts Commission.

The hub below sets out more information on our work in this important area.


Key facts



Our reports feature several exhibits that visualise complex data and processes in an accessible and informative way. See the examples below or click on our reports to find more.



Future work



NHS in Scotland 2017

NHS in Scotland 2017

Rolling programme

Work programme 2017 - 2021




Other resources

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Self-directed Support

We'll be publishing our report, Self-directed support: a follow-up audit, later this year, and as part of the fieldwork we launched a survey to hear the views of anyone who uses self-directed support. Find out more about what we're doing.

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Checklist for NHS non-executive directors

We produced a checklist as part of our NHS in Scotland 2016 report to help non-executive directors with their role in overseeing the performance of NHS boards.

 Download the checklist - PDF 334Kb

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Health boards' expenditure and performance

View our interactive graphic from our NHS in Scotland 2016 report which provides information about health boards' expenditure and savings, and performance and workforce indicators.

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Social work services: views of users and carers

For our report on Social work in Scotland, we produced a supplement on the views of people and their carers using social work services.

 Download the supplement - PDF 433Kb

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How can we transform health and social care?

Jillian Matthew blogged about an event which looked at our report on changing models of health and social care.

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Case studies: New models of health and social care

We have identified a number of new care models introduced across Scotland that are designed to deliver more care to people in community settings in line with the 2020 Vision.

 Read the case studies - PDF 843Kb

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Sharing Intelligence for Health and Care Group

Audit Scotland is on the Sharing Intelligence for Health & Care Group alongside the Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, and Public Health & Intelligence.

 Read our report for 2016-17 - PDF 3.4Mb


Annual audits of councils and health bodies

Audit Scotland annually reviews the financial performance and processes of more than 200 public bodies. The Auditor General may also prepare a Section 22 report for the Parliament if any specific concerns or issues have been raised in the audit of a public body. Find out about the performance of health and social care organisations in your local area.


Get in touch

To discuss Audit Scotland’s work on health and social care or let us know what you think about this page, please contact:

Carol CalderCarol Calder, Senior Manager,

wordpress logoVisit our Wordpress site to read a selection of blogs on health and social care, and other audit work, by our report authors.