The Scottish Trauma Audit Group

Scottish Trauma Network Conference
January 2018
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Last updated 9/08/17

Hospitals in Scotland contributing to STAG

Hospitals in Scotland contributing to STAG
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What is STAG?

The Scottish Trauma Audit Group is a national audit within the Scottish Healthcare Audits programme at the Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS).
STAG recommenced an audit of trauma in 2011 with the aim of improving the quality of care, overall experience and long term outcome of patients with significant injuries through measuring compliance against standards of care to support local quality improvement.

The responsibility for the oversight of the audit including maintenance of reporting standards, adherence to aims, objectives and reporting of results rests with the STAG Steering Group, with multi-disciplinary representation from most of the Health boards in Scotland and patient representation. The Steering Group meets regularly throughout the year to review the progress and direction of the audit in achieving its aims and objectives.

The audit is undergoing redevelopment due to the introduction of a Major Trauma Service in Scotland in 2017. Six key recommendations by the National Planning Forum Major Trauma Subgroup at the Scottish Government are either complete or being progressed.   Click STAG Priorities for more information.

What’s new?


eSTAG development -The process for building an electronic database to collect STAG data is now being tested by our IT colleagues. We are working towards a delivery date of October 2017. Simultaneously, we are creating reports in Tableau that will use data from eSTAG to ensure timely reporting of data for clinicians and managers.

Scottish Trauma Network (STN) Conference – January 2018
 STAG will now be part of the STN conference to be held in January 2018 in Edinburgh. More details to follow soon.

STAG Annual report 2017- The STAG Annual report will be published on the 31st October 2017.

Scottish Trauma Network (STN) - The first meeting of the STN Steering Group was held in April 2017. More information on the STN can be found on its website

Paediatric data collection- STAG have collected paediatric data in Glasgow since 2015. This will be rolled out to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee later this year. All other hospitals will start collecting paediatric data after the launch of eSTAG.

Mandatory contribution to STAG - The National Planning Forum recommended that all hospitals with an Emergency Department contribute to STAG. Due to our current process it has not been possible to accommodate inclusion of new hospitals however with the introduction of eSTAG, this will now be possible. Good progress is being made in the North of Scotland (where most hospitals that are not yet contributing are situated); and plans are also developing in all other hospitals.