Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)

A patient's post code is used to determine which areas are deemed the most deprived.

When using postcode analysis, SIMD 1 is listed as being most deprived and SIMD 5 being least deprived.

Using the SIMD look-up, two potential responses may occur:

1 SIMD area eg SIMD Area 5

2 No SIMD for this postcode

Reasons for no SIMD being returned are:

  • new postcodes that have note been assigned an SIMD value as yet
  • this postcode does not exist
  • no deprivation information attached to the postcode.

If there is not an SIMD value, then claim the codes linked to SIMD 4-5 only.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) Lookup