Consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council - Strengthening people’s voices in health and social care


The consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council is now underway and is being led by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. This follows a reflective exercise undertaken by the Chair of the Scottish Health Council, Pam Whittle CBE, earlier this year. 

It is well-recognised that services can only improve when they are informed and shaped by people who use those services, their families and carers, and local communities. Whilst there has been progress made in engaging people, we believe there is more that can be done to improve people’s experience of engagement, whether at individual, community or national level , and to demonstrate more clearly the difference that their engagement has made.

The Scottish Health Council is a key part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and plays a leading role in ensuring that NHSScotland listens to the views of people and communities, and that it acts on those views. 

We want to hear your views on the future direction of the Scottish Health Council to help it continue to evolve and play a valuable role in ensuring the voice of people and communities remain at the heart of health and social care.

There are a total of 7 consultation questions which you are invited to answer within the online questionnaire accessible via the web address below:

  • If you have any queries relating to the consultation, please contact us via
  • Paper copies of the consultation document and the questionnaire can also be requested via this email address.

The closing date for responses to the consultation is Friday 20 October 2017

Published Date: 21 July 2017