Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme

Scottish Cancer Intelligence Framework (SCIF)

IHDP’s initial focus is on the design, development and implementation of a cancer intelligence framework for Scotland.

Scottish Cancer Intelligence Framework graphic: showing data assets connected across Scotland for healthcare professionals.

Building on the lead from the Scottish Cancer Task Force, IHDP will work to ensure that Scotland makes better use of its rich cancer data assets. Through informatics, data analytics, digital health, genomics and stratified medicines this transformation of data assets will create the kind of data-driven care to which the NHS has long aspired.


The creation of a Scottish Cancer Intelligence Framework (SCIF) offers potential benefits to patients, clinicians, service planners, policy makers, researchers and others. 


These include the ability to:

  • enable clinicians involved in the care of people living with cancer to have direct (near real time) access to cancer data
  • enable people living with cancer access to their own data to facilitate supported self-management
  • facilitate improved cancer audit in order to develop an ethos of continuous quality improvement, enabling inappropriate variations in treatment and outcomes to be identified and addressed
  • support better performance management and service planning of cancer services
  • benchmark cancer services and outcomes in Scotland with the rest of the UK and more widely
  • enhance research and innovation opportunities in Scotland


The SCIF is mentioned in the Scottish Government's 2016 Cancer Strategy - Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action