Scottish Care of Older People (SCoOP) Project

Professor Graham Ellis
Professor Phyo Myint
Date Published:
20 January 2021
Last updated: 
22 May 2022

Scottish Care of Older People (SCoOP) is a Scottish national evaluation project focusing on care of older people across Scotland in both primary and secondary care settings.

SCoOP has the following overarching aims:

  • To evaluate the variation in service provision for older people who require health and social care in various settings to serve as a driver for standardisation and improvementof care across Scotland.
  • To provide benchmarking tools for various care aspects of older people in Scottish NHS health and social care setting to support improvement work in services across Scotland.
  • To provide a health intelligence and knowledge transfer hub for service users , health care providers and policy makers through annual evaluation cycles.

This is a joint initiative set up in late 2016 by three key partners: Health Improvement Scotland, the British Geriatrics Society Scotland Council, and the University of Aberdeen as the lead Academic Institution, with representatives from other Scottish Universities with Clinical Academic Departments in Geriatric Medicine.

Annual reports providing an overview of outcomes of acute geriatric medicine services in Scotland.

The latest report, SCoOP Acute Hospital Outcomes Report: 2021/22, was published on 15 May 2023. This report provides an overview of outcomes of acute geriatric medicine services in Scotland before, during and after the COVID lockdown.

This report summarises findings from an audit on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) provision in acute Scottish hospitals in 2019. This initial analysis highlights variation in the ways comprehensive geriatric specialist care is accessed, structured and staffed across Scotland, with established frailty units only in a quarter of Scottish Hospitals.


Papers, posters and presentations giving further detail and analysis on SCoOP's mission and data.

BGS Scotland fully supports the SCoOP report findings and how they powerfully highlight the variations in how CGA can be accessed, structured and staffed in acute care across Scotland by our older population

- Dr Rowan Wallace, Chair, BGS Scotland

  1. “Scottish Care of Older People (SCoOP) National Audit”. 1-2 November 2017, BGS Scotland Autumn Meeting. Phyo K Myint, Christine McAlpine & Graham Ellis.
  2. Is acute care ageist? Graham Ellis, Phyo K Myint. EUGMS, Berlin, 10-12 October, 2018.
  3. “What’s the scoop on SCoOP? Update on Scottish Care of Older People (SCoOP) project” 26 April 2019, BGS Scotland Spring Meeting. Southhall Complex, University of Edinburgh.
  4. SCoOP update. BGS Scotland Autumn 2019, Dumfries, 22 November 2019. Marc Locherty, Christine McAlpine, Phyo K Myint.
  5. Important variations in care of the elderly services. 31 January 2019 as the First Prize paper from a doctor from training grade awarded to Dr Alison Donaldson. Presented at the Medical Trainees: On-call Handbook Symposium 2020.

A poster summarising the latest report (2021-22) is being presented at the BGS Spring Meeting 2023. You can view this poster and abstract, and ask questions to the authors, by visiting our interactive poster platform:

Older posters
  1. Pana TA, Neal SR, Perdomo J, Donaldson AIC. On Behalf of SCoOP Steering Group. Scottish Care of Older People: initial scoping survey results. Scottish BGS Spring Meeting, Rutherglen, 27 April 2018.
  2. Older age is associated with higher percentage of breaches for 4 hour Emergency Department waiting time: Scottish Experience. Graham Ellis, PK Myint. NRS Conference, 30 October, Perth 2018.

SCoOP Steering Group

  • Professor Phyo Kyaw Myint, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Christine McAlpine, BGS Scotland
  • Dr Alison IC Donaldson, NHS Grampian
  • Dr Louise Beveridge, NHS Tayside
  • Dr Anthony Byrne, NHS Forth Valley
  • Dr Patricia Cantley, SCoOP Social Media Lead
  • Dr Amy Conley, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Dr Claire Copeland, BGS Workforce Lead
  • Dr A Barugh, NHS Lothian
  • Dr Alice Einarsson, NHS Shetland
  • Miss Beatrix Elsberger, Breast Oncology Lead
  • Dr A Falconer, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Dr J Lonnen, NHS Borders
  • Dr Allan MacDonald, NHS Highland
  • Mr David A McDonald MBE, Modernising Patient Pathways Programme
  • Dr Morven McElroy, NHS Glasgow & Clyde
  • Dr Laura McGarrity, RCoA Scotland
  • Dr Lara Mitchell, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Prof Sir Lewis Ritchie, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Susan Moug, ELLSA
  • Dr Terrance Quinn, University of Glasgow
  • Mr George Ramsay, The Scottish Surgical Research Group
  • Dr L Shields, NHS Grampian
  • Dr Susan Shenkin, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Roy L Soiza, Scottish Society of Physicians
  • Dr Ralph Thomas, NHS Fife
  • Dr Rowan Wallace, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Mrs Kathryn Wood, Older People Pharmacy Services
Previous members
  • Ms Penny Bond, HIS (2017-2018)
  • Ms. Karen Goulding, HIS (2017-2018)
  • Dr Alice Einarsson, NHS Shetland (2017-2019)
  • Dr Andrew Coull, NHS Lothian (2017-2019)
  • Mr Scott Buchanan, NHS National Services Scotland (2018-2020)
  • Dr Andrew Watt, NHS Ayrshire & Arran (2017-2020)
  • Mrs Geraldine Jordan, Health Care Improvement Scotland (2018-2021)
  • Professor Graham Ellis, NHS Lanarkshire & Co-Chair (2016-2021)
  • Dr Jennifer Burn (2016-2021)
  • Professor Corri Black, Grampian DASH (2016-2021)
  • Dr Kathryn Anderson, NHS Lothian
  • Dr Graeme Hoyle, NHS Grampian
  • Dr Alan McKenzie, Former BGS Scotland Council Chair

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