Consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council


Strengthening people’s voices in health and social care

July 2017

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is a public health body that aims to drive improvements that support the highest possible quality of care for the people of Scotland. The Scottish Health Council is a key part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and currently plays a leading role in ensuring that NHSScotland listens to the views of people and communities and that it acts on those views. Healthcare Improvement Scotland is leading on a consultation which is designed to gather views on the future direction of the Scottish Health Council. 

Healthcare Improvement Scotland wants to hear your views 

We want to hear your views on the future role of the Scottish Health Council. By answering the attached consultation questions, you will help us to ensure that the Scottish Health Council continues to evolve and play a valuable role in ensuring the voice of people and communities remain at the heart of health and social care. We hope to build on the Scottish Health Council’s strengths and experience, giving it a renewed focus, which both fits the evolving service and policy context, and better meets the aspirations of people and communities across Scotland. We will collate and consider all responses to this consultation and aim to publish findings within three months of the consultation closing date.


The following questions should be read in combination with the full consultation document which can be accessed HERE.
The consultation period runs from 21 July to 20 October 2017.

If you require further information on this consultation, please contact:
Email:, tel: 0141 225 6999.
Who should complete consultation questions?

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is seeking the views of a wide range of stakeholders. 
We are interested in the views of
  • the publicindividuals and organisations that engage or have engaged with the Scottish Health Council, or
  • those which have a wider interest in patient, service user, carer and public engagement and participation in health and social care services.

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information regimes - these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) 2000, and the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998.

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that under the FoIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities including Healthcare Improvement Scotland must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.