Since November 2016, our Citizens' Panel has brought together people across Scotland to inform and influence key decisions about health and social care policy and services.
A citizens' panel is a large, demographically-representative group of citizens which helps to assess public preferences and opinions. This is the first time a national citizens' panel focusing on health and social care issues has been established in Scotland.
Our Citizens' Panel was developed at a size that will allow statistically robust analysis of the views of its members at a Scotland-wide level, roughly 1,300 people from across all 32 local authority areas. Panel members were selected at random from the electoral register or recruited to be broadly representative of the Scottish population by gender, age, employment status, housing tenure, ethnic origin and geographic location. More information about how members were recruited can be found in the Citizens' Panel recruitment report.
Panel members share their opinions using self-complete electronic or postal surveys or through telephone interviews.
We work with a range of organisations to develop questions for the Panel, including Scottish Government and the third sector, and report on how they use the findings from the Panel to inform their work.
Sixth Panel Report
Awareness of antibiotic resistance, appropriate use of antibiotics and related public health campaigns (September 2020)Find out more
Fifth Panel Report
Scottish Ambulance Service, organ and tissue donation after death, and care provided by nurses and midwives (October 2019)Find out more
Fourth Panel Report
HIV awareness, mental health and wellbeing and inclusive communication (May 2018)Find out more
Third Panel Report
Digital technology for healthcare improvement, use of personal health and social care information, and access to healthcare professionals other than doctors (January 2018)Find out more
Second Panel Report
Relationships with health and social care professionals, shared decision making, loneliness in Scotland, and how well local services are working (August 2017)Find out more
First Panel Report
Social care support, pharmacy services and the use of medicines, and improving oral health (March 2017)Find out more