About Us

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 the public.

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 Link opens in new windowHealthcare 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.