Community Engagement

Supporting the engagement of people and communities in shaping health and care services in Scotland

What We Do

Community Engagement

We believe people and communities should be able to use their skills and experience to design and improve the health and care services that matter to them.

People should also have the opportunity to work together with the organisations that provide those services. We work with policy makers and service providers to ensure that people and communities are involved in planning and developing local health and care services.

Previously known as the Scottish Health Council, we launched in April 2020 with a focus on:

  • best practice for engaging with individuals and communities to shape local services and influence national policy
  • equality and human rights to ensure everyone’s voice is heard
  • collaborating and working in partnership, and
  • sharing learning.

Volunteers' Week 2020

During Volunteers' Week (1 to 7 June) we want to say a huge "thank you" to all volunteers past, present and currently stood down

Volunteer's Week 2020 Volunteer's Week 2020

COVID-19: our response

How we are supporting health and social care services

Our response to COVID-19 Our response to COVID-19

What matters to you? Day 2020

To free up staff to support the NHS response to COVID-19, we are scaling back WMTY activites and will not be sending out WMTY20 resources this year. Asking "What matters to you?" is not just about a single day, and at times like this compassionate connections matter more than ever for patients and families, and staff.

What Matters to You? What Matters to You?

Gathering views on ME

The Scottish Government has asked us to find out about people's experiences living with ME. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our surveys, interviews and focus groups. We are currently analysing your feedback and will report in due course.

People living with ME People living with ME

Volunteering and COVID-19

How our Volunteering in NHS Scotland Programme is responding to COVID-19

Programme response to COVID-19 Programme response to COVID-19