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Our commitment to continuous improvement

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has a key role in supporting healthcare providers to make sure that their services are safe, effective and ‘person-centred’ so that people are informed and involved in their care and treatment, and are treated with dignity and respect.

Engaging people in our work is a powerful force for positive change and improvement. By focusing on people in all we do, we will communicate how care (and the experience of care) can be improved. Read our Engaging People Strategy for more information. 

As part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Scottish Medicines Consortium is committed to continuously improving how we involve patients, carers and members of the public in our work. In 2014 we reviewed our public involvement activities. This has led to a programme of service improvements, which have further strengthened how we capture the patient and carer voice as a key part of our appraisal process. Read our Public Involvement Review for further information.


Health Technology Assessment international

Scottish Medicines Consortium works in partnership with Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi), the global scientific and professional society for all those who health technology assessments. HTAi has members from over 65 countries and embraces all stakeholders, including researchers, agencies, policy makers, industry, academia, health service providers, and patients and carers.   
HTAi's vision is that patient and public perspectives improve HTA. HTAi has developed Values and Quality Standards for patient involvement in HTAs, which SMC is committed to achieving.