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Planning with People: Community engagement and participation guidance

Published: August 31, 2022

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Did you know that people living in Scotland have the right to get involved in the design and delivery of new health or social care services, and to comment on changes to existing services?

When it comes to designing or making changes to these services, it is important that NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, and Local Authorities listen to the views of people who might use them. The process of finding out your views is called ‘community engagement’.

In March 2021, the Scottish Government and COSLA published jointly Planning with People: Community engagement and participation guidance. The guidance encourages collaboration between NHS Boards, Integration Joint Boards and Local Authorities. It also explains how people and communities can expect to engage with health and social care providers.

It is important that ‘Planning with People’ remains relevant, therefore, by sharing your views and opinions, you will help to improve the engagement process by providing essential feedback on your personal experiences. To help you do this, we have included an online questionnaire that you can access by clicking on the following link:

Please complete and submit the questionnaire by Friday, 30th September 2022.

You are not required to read ‘Planning with People’ to take part, however, we would encourage you to look at the guidance if you would like to find out more about engagement.

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