Evidence Directorate Strategic Plan 2017–2020

The appraisal and synthesis of clinical and health research evidence has a well-established role in supporting policy development and the delivery of health care. In view of the specialist skills required to undertake these activities, it is appropriate that the production of evidence-based advice relevant across health and social care services is undertaken once for Scotland by a national organisation and duplication of effort is avoided.

This strategic plan outlines how the work, working arrangements and outputs of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Evidence Directorate will be developed to support patients, service users, clinicians, other health professionals and social care practitioners, as well as other teams in Healthcare Improvement Scotland to ensure we are maximising our resources to support the delivery of high quality care.

Public consultation

A draft version of this report was issued for public consultation in Summer 2016. Twenty-three responses were received from individuals, representatives of territorial and special health boards, representatives from four Royal Colleges, and from staff in other parts of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Following revision in light of these consultation comments, further versions were reviewed by the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Board prior to finalisation. A report detailing how the consultation comments were considered in the production of the final document is available on request. For more information contact the team via email at: hcis.kmt@nhs.net

Published Date: 23 March 2017