Involving people in services

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.

Involving people: a practical guide

The HIV Scotland publication: 'Involving people in services: a guide to why and how’ [PDF - 5MB] sets out why services across Scotland must involve people living with and at risk of in a meaningful way, and gives step-by-step advice, tips and suggestions on exactly how to make it happen. It can be a useful tool for organisations considering how they can improve and expand the ways that they involve people, for policy-makers and politicians, and for people living with or vulnerable to HIV who want to get more involved in the services they use.

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.