Launch of the National Involvement Standards

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Thursday 14th September 2017

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HIV Scotland were delighted to launch the National Involvement Standards on Wednesday 13th September.

Following the welcome to the event by Mike Reid, Chair of HIV Scotland, Will Dalgleish, chair of Lothian Patient Forum shared how involvement has completely changed his experience of living with HIV.

Rik Hodgson, Information and Involvement Officer at HIV Scotland then outlined the development of the standards and the how the assessment process will work. To round of the afternoon Dr Rak Nandwani, Consultant at the Brownlee clinic in Glasgow spoke passionately about his support for the standards.

Developed following the Positive Persons’ Forum in 2014 and the inclusion of Involvement in the Sexual health and Blood Borne Virus Framework, the national involvement standards have been created to better enable and assess how people living with HIV can meaningfully participate in the design and delivery of services, and policy making. The standards will provide a clear indication of what is needed to ensure meaningful involvement for organisations and a toolkit to be assessed against.

The standards are designed to be simple and easy to remember. There are four standards:

  1. Commitment
  2. Resources
  3. Communication
  4. Evaluation

Within the four standards there are 18 quality measures and it is against these that organisations will be assessed to achieve Standards compliancy.

Organisations will have 12 months to prepare and become compliant with the standards before HIV Scotland begin the assessment process. Organisations can be assessed sooner if they wish. Please just get in touch.

For more information on the standards and the toolkit visit the HIV Scotland website.