Although the Deep End was defined originally, and arbitrarily, as the 100 most deprived general practice populations in Scotland, based on the percentage of patients living in the 15% most deprived data zones, the practices identified by this criterion have changed from year to year, partly due to practice closures and mergers, but also changes to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).
Between 2009 and 2014, 120 general practices have met the criterion, of which 85 have featured in the “top 100” in every year. Their geographical distribution is shown below.
|Area||No of practices consistently in the Deep End||Practices listed in some years||Total||Participating in Deep End meetings|
|Glasgow City||69||8||77||61 (79%)|
|Elsewhere in GG&C HB||2||8||10||1 (10%)|
|Ayrshire and Arran HB||3||4||7||1 (14%)|
63 of the 85 (74%) consistent practices took part in at least one Deep End activity, compared with 13 of the 35 (37%) of the practices which were less consistently in the 100 most deprived practices.
Non-participating practices included 16 in Glasgow City (21%), 9 elsewhere in GG&C (90%), 7 in Inverclyde (70%), 6 in Ayrshire and Arran (86%),1 in Lothian (17%), 4 in Dundee (80%), 3 in Lanarkshire (100%) and 1 in Fife (100%).