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Public Involvement Network Advisory Group

The Public Involvement Network (PIN) is made up of patient and carer groups who use their knowledge, experience and direct contacts with patients and carers to ensure the views of patients, carers and members of the public are captured and used to inform SMC processes.

The PIN Advisory Group helps SMC to continuously improve how we involve patients, carers and members of the public in our work. Membership includes four PIN patient group partners, each of whom has active contact with patients and carers and previous experience of submitting to SMC. To make sure we have a wide range of representation in the group, one representative is nominated through each of the following umbrella organisations: Scottish Cancer Coalition, Alliance, Genetic Alliance UK and Carers' Trust. The group also includes all SMC Public Partners and some members of the SMC team, including an Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC) representative and an SMC committee member.

Read the full terms of reference for the group.


Current membership 

Jill Booth, (Area Drug and Therapeutics Committees) Clinical Adviser - Pharmacist

Jenny Coutts, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Public Partner

Jennifer Dickson, SMC Public Involvement Co-ordinator

Clare Dunn, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Public Partner

Yvonne Hughes, (Cystic Fibrosis Trust) Genetic Alliance UK nominated member

Lindsay Lockhart, SMC Public Involvement Adviser

Peter McGrath, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Public Partner

Shelagh Mckinlay, (Myeloma UK) Scottish Cancer Coalition nominated member

Marina Shannon, (NHS Lanarkshire) SMC Committee Member

Leigh Smith, MASScot (Melanoma Action and Support Scotland)

Vacant, Carers Trust nominated member


Find out what patient groups thought of the changes to our processes when we asked them for feedback at our first patient group event in March 2015.