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Advice, support and information
Health and social care professionals are looking for your views and opinions on the future of health and social care services in Scotland today.
Getting involved with the health and social care services and associated organisations can be at one of five different levels. Visit our levels of involvement page.
You might like to think at which level your circumstances might allow you become involved as there is a level suitable for everyone. Use the checklist (PDF) to help you decide which level of commitment best suits you.
Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs)
These have been developed across Scotland to support a modern approach to improving health care services. Membership of MCNs are open to patients and carers, doctors, nurses, managers, therapists etc to improve chest heart and stroke care for local people. Go to your local NHS Board’s website and click on the link “Get involved/involving people”. Some MCNs have their own websites.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Based in England but covering Scotland for some issues, this organisation is responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.
NHS 24 - Health Information and Self Care Advice for Scotland
nhs24.com provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland.
Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
This organisation sets the standards to which physicians (as opposed to surgeons) work. Your view could improve the standards of treatment for others.
Scottish Health Council
They work to ensure that the NHS listen and take account of people's views, so that we can achieve a "mutual NHS" - where the NHS works in partnership with patients, carers and the public. Contact your local office if you want to get involved.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
This organisation sets the clinical guidelines for healthcare treatment in Scotland. Your views could help to improve the quality of care for others.
Stroke Managed Clinical Network MCN Subgroup
This organisation advises the National Advisory Committee for Stroke on all matters relating to the development and support of Stroke MCNs; contact Voices Scotland.
Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)
This organisation provides advice to NHS Scotland on medications. Your views could help to ensure that the best medications for treating your condition are made available in Scotland
Many GPs have a patient and carer forum that welcomes members. Contact your local GP surgery.