Equipping Professionals

Equipping Professionals

We believe providers of health and care services in Scotland should involve people in their planning and delivery.

They should do this not only because they have to, but also because it improves things for everyone.

We offer practical advice and resources to help health and care staff to engage with people and communities.

We provide different ways for professionals to share their experiences and learn from evidence and from each other.

Why engage?

We believe that engaging people and communities in decisions about health and care services improves things for everyone.

Why Engage? Why Engage?

How to engage

Plan your engagement with people and communities to ensure it is meaningful.

How to Engage How to Engage

Engaging Differently

Measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic, including lockdown restrictions, have created a challenge for traditional ways of engaging with people.

Engaging Differently Engaging Differently

Volunteering in NHS Scotland

Our Volunteering in NHS Scotland programme supports NHS boards to develop sustainable volunteering programmes.

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Participation Groups

A Participation Group is a public or community-led group that can be linked to a particular health and social care topic, service, organisation or geographical area.

Participation Groups Participation Groups

Participation Toolkit

The Participation Toolkit describes a range of ways to involve people in decisions about their own care and in the design and delivery of local services.

Participation Toolkit Participation Toolkit

Equality and diversity

Everyone has a right to share their opinions and experiences to help shape health and care services.

Equality and Diversity Equality and Diversity

Virtual Visiting

Technology is allowing people to stay in contact with friends and family who are in hospital.

Virtual Visiting Virtual Visiting

Designing person-centred services for housing, social care and health

Taking a design approach to person-centred services

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