Citizens' Panel FAQs

Citizens' Panel FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Our Voice Citizens' Panel.

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No. Panel members have been 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.

Panel members are sent a questionnaire to complete roughly three times a year. The questionnaire can be electronic or on paper, or completed over the phone.

To date, Panel members have given feedback on a wide range of issues including Health Literacy, Pharmacy, Oral Health, Digital Healthcare, Loneliness, Realistic Medicine, HIV awareness and Inclusive Communications.

Panel members will get feedback about any surveys or other engagement activities that they take part in, and also about what impact or influence their participation has had. After each survey we produce a report about what we found out.

The Panel is constructed to provide robust findings at a national level only. Any findings at local level would not be statistically robust so we do not separate the data in this way.

To submit a topic for Panel consideration, you or your organisation must complete a Panel Topic Submission Template. You can request one of these from gary.mcgrow@nhs.net. Each submitted topic is carefully assessed to ensure that the topic aligns with Scottish health and care strategy and policy; that the Panel is the most appropriate method; and that there will be demonstrable practical use of the findings.

Last Updated: 01 April 2020