Would you like to have a say in planning child healthcare services?
If the answer is yes, then go to our Family Participation Questionnaire, complete the questions and return to the address at the foot of the questionnaire. It will only take a few minutes of your time and will help us in this important work. Many thanks!
A great deal of recent legislation and guidance on health, education, social services and the early years requires the involvement of users in planning services. Increasingly, professionals are involving families in shaping services because it benefits everyone, and can lead to a more efficient and cost effective service.
Children’s Health Scotland is involved at all levels of planning and policy making locally and nationally, and we do this with input from families, parents, carers, grandparents, kinship carers and children and young people themselves. It is your knowledge and experience which informs and shapes our work. We do this in different ways:
- Playing a part in the various planning groups at local health board level
- Getting involved when there is a national consultation on an aspect of child healthcare
- Feeding our views in through other organisations in partnership work for example; Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland on Healthcare support in school research and For Scotland’s Disabled Children on parent and carer involvement
- Attending focus groups to give our views in person.
You can become involved in this type of work by:
- Representing Children’s Health Scotland on a particular group either nationally or in your area
- Feeding in your views to a local group e.g. patient interest forum
- Responding to a consultation by telling us what you think and forwarding your ideas for inclusion eg in our response to the Scottish Government’s Draft Guidance on Chronic Pain in Children
- Taking part in a focus group organised to feedback on new Scottish Government policy
- Play a part in the running of your local hospital services through the family council/involvement panel.
For examples of some of our work in shaping child healthcare services see our Campaigns.
For more information on family involvement/participation or how to become involved please contact Anne Wilson at the national office on 0131 5536553.
Read our privacy information notice for Family Participation Group members.