The Scottish Health Council was established by the Scottish
Executive in April 2005 to promote Patient Focus and Public
Involvement in the NHS in Scotland. By ensuring that NHS Boards
listen and take account of people's views, we can achieve a "mutual
NHS" - where the NHS works in partnership with patients, carers and
We want to see an NHS which has a patient-centred approach to
care, based on an understanding of patients' needs, life
circumstances and experiences; and which ensures that patients,
carers and the public are able to influence the planning and
delivery of NHS services.
The Scottish Health Council is a committee of Healthcare Improvement
Scotland but has a distinct identity. The Committee is responsible for agreeing the
overall strategic direction of the organisation.
Our National Office is based in
Glasgow and we have a local office in
each of the 14 territorial NHS Boards across Scotland.