For several years the Scottish Government has set targets for Health Boards to achieve. The HEAT targets are central to the management of performance and improvement.
The HEAT targets are grouped into four priorities:-
- Health Improvement for the people of Scotland – improving life expectancy and healthy life expectancy;
- Efficiency and Governance Improvements – continually improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the NHS;
- Access to Services – recognising patients’ need for quicker and easier use of NHS services; and
- Treatment Appropriate to Individuals – ensure patients receive high quality services that meet their needs.
- The Board measures other parameters as part of a balanced scorecard under the six headings: equitable, safe, efficient, timely, effective and person centred.
Progress against the HEAT targets which come under heading of ‘equitable’ are shown in the document below: