Involving people in services: practical guide

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Wednesday 25th March 2015

HIV Scotland has launched a new guide: 'Involving people in services: a guide to why and how’ [PDF - 5MB]. The guide sets out why services across Scotland must involve people living with and at risk of in a meaningful way, and gives advice, tips and suggestions on exactly how services can make it happen.

George Valiotis, CEO of HIV Scotland, said: “People living with or at risk of HIV have been coming together to push for meaningful change since the 1980s. Their input has had huge impact on the global response to HIV. There is, however, still a great deal of work to be done in Scotland to ensure people are meaningfully, consistently and appropriately involved in decisions and services across services of all kinds, whether provided by the NHS, local authorities or charities.

“This guide clearly sets out why it is so critically important to involve people fully, and explores the benefits it can give to services, individuals and communities. It also shows how simple involving people can be, with case studies, step-by-step advice, and practical suggestions on how to begin or expand on the way organisations involve people living with or at risk of HIV.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped create this guide and we look forward to working with services and decision-makers to ensure people across Scotland are involved as much and as meaningfully as possible in issues that affect them.”

More information

Read Involving people in services: a practical guide to why and how [PDF - 5MB] by downloading a copy or reading online at the bottom of this page.

If you are part of a service or decision-making process that could affect people living with or at risk of HIV – whether in the NHS, a local authority, charity or other organisation – we encourage you to read the guide and consider how you could better involve people in your work.

If you have any questions, comments or if you would like to discuss using the guide please contact us.