Public participation

We recognise the importance and value of involving patients, the public and organisations that represent their voices in the shaping of our services.

The value of involvement


We work closely with the Scottish Health Council and local NHS boards to recruit patients and public partners to ensure the process is fair and equitable.

We provide a wide range of opportunity and experience.

Involving patients, carers and the public is a very important part of improving the quality of service provided by NHS Scotland.

Effective public involvement can:

  • act as a catalyst for change
  • help achieve a major improvement in the health of the public
  • help strengthen public confidence in the NHS.

Areas of participation

We involve a number of people in our work which includes the following areas:

  • the review of food in hospitals catering strategy group
  • the health protection network
  • the clinical governance committee in public health and intelligence
  • the national hospital cleanliness campaign short life working group
  • the managed clinical networks
  • the review of the accessibility of healthcare premises in Scotland
  • the prevention and control of infection in childcare settings guidance
  • the commissioning of transplantation services in Scotland
  • the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service clinical governance and safety group.