Benefits of SPIRE

There are a number of benefits to be gained by introducing this new service both locally for GP practices, NHS Boards and at a national level:

Benefits to practices

SPIRE is designed to deliver a range of benefits to General Practices.

  • SPIRE can help practices analyse and streamline their workload, get information on patient encounters with Health Practitioners, and analyse patient demographics
  • Data quality can be monitored and improved through SPIRE
  • Routine and customised reports will allow creating and updating patient lists, for example patients with certain conditions and prescriptions
  • Practices and practice clusters can request bespoke reports based on their local needs, and monitor uptake of vital medicines and vaccines
  • Practices will be able to participate in research without significant impact on workload
  • SPIRE can be used to support cluster working and reporting
  • SPIRE will work closely with GP representatives to ensure that appropriate searches and reports will be available for practices and practice clusters to fulfil requirements for any new contractual requirements
  • SPIRE will not have any impact on the performance of the practice IT systems when data extraction occurs

Benefits of SPIRE

Dr Miles Mack, Chair of RCGP in Scotland, on the benefits of SPIRE for practices and patients across Scotland.

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Benefits to Patients

The SPIRE team are working closely with Patient Representatives on the Project Board and Independent Advisory Group (SPIRE Steering Group) to ensure that patient interests are taken into account during development of SPIRE, and when SPIRE goes live.

  • SPIRE can help improve patient safety, by allowing practices to specifically and quickly monitor whether, for example, patients on anti-coagulants receive regular clotting tests
  • SPIRE can help practices meet the needs of patients, especially those with long-term conditions, and allow them to align their services to new challenges
  • SPIRE can provide consistent and reliable patient health and consultation information across Scotland
  • This will help NHS Boards and NHSScotland investigate disease and health incidence patterns and support review and planning of service provisions and care
  • SPIRE can help support research into new treatments for particular illnesses and conditions

Benefits to NHS Boards, NHSScotland and the Scottish Government

  • SPIRE data can help inform local and national decisions on health and social care and help with the management and planning of NHS services
  • SPIRE can help with a response to major public health issues like flu epidemics
  • SPIRE can help with provision of health and care to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups
  • SPIRE can support planning and management of national health and social care services such as effectiveness of disease prevention programmes, e.g. the Scottish Immunisation
  • Programmes
  • SPIRE can inform the development of national policy on health and social care
  • SPIRE can support research into the health of the population and / or the effectiveness of existing or new forms of care and treatment, for instance the effectiveness of particular medicines
  • SPIRE can underpin national statistics, which are published to inform the public on the health of the nation and the provision of the health and social care.