Call for written views on Inquiry into NHS Governance – Creating a culture of improvement

Background to the inquiry

The Committee has launched an inquiry into NHS Governance- creating a culture of improvement.

The inquiry aims to ascertain how well NHS Scotland’s policies and systems are operating to deliver good governance and create a culture of improvement.

The Committee welcomes written evidence from individuals as well as from organisations and professional bodies.

Background to the call for written views

The Committee is considering whether staff are managed in a fair and effective way.

Staff Governance Standard

The NHS Reform (Scotland) Act 2004 gave NHS boards a duty over staff governance and the Staff Governance Standard for NHSScotland requires all boards to demonstrate that staff are:

  • well informed;
  • appropriately trained and developed;
  • involved in decisions;
  • treated fairly and consistently, with dignity and respect, in an environnment where diversity is valued; and
  • provided with continuosly improving and safe working environment, promoting the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the wider community.

What information is the Committee looking for?

Please address the following questions in your submission:

  • Does the NHS adequately implement the requirements of the Staff Governance Standard (detailed above)?
  • Are there particular areas of the standard it implements well?
  • Are there particular areas of the standard that are not implemented well?

How to submit your evidence

Please send your submission no later than Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Responses should be sent, wherever possible, electronically and in MS Word format to:

Hard-copy responses may be sent to: Health and Sport Committee, T3.60, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP

Responses should be no more than four sides of A4 in length.

Before making a submission, please read our Policy on Treatment of Written Evidence by Subject and Mandatory Committees.

Our normal practice is to publish all relevant evidence that is sent to us on our website and we may also include it in the hard copy of any committee report. Therefore, if you wish your evidence to be treated as confidential, or for your evidence to be published anonymously, please contact the Clerk to the Committee, before you submit your evidence.

Please note that the Parliament is covered by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. This also affects the way that we deal with your evidence.

In particular you should be aware that if we receive a request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, we may be required legally to release the information to the person who has made the request – even where the relevant committee has agreed to treat all or part of the information in confidence or publish it anonymously.

So, in the circumstances outlined above, while we can assure you that your document / name will not be circulated to the general public in the context of the relevant committee’s current work, we are unable to give you a guarantee that the full document will never be released.


Should you require alternative formats of this information or further assistance in making a written submission to the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact the clerking team of the Committee.

For Committee information, contact: Rebecca Macfie, tel 0131 348 5247, email:

For further information, the media contact is: Kirsty Rimmer, tel 0131 348 6085 email:

Read the written submissions 

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