Section: Digital

Here you will find a brief overview of professional bodies or organisations working on issues related to wider innovation.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS)

HIS work with services and the public to make seven key contributions to health and social care:

  • Supporting people to have a meaningful say in how services are designed, delivered and experienced.
  • Providing independent quality assurance.
  • Supporting providers to redesign services so that people in Scotland are able to live longer, healthier lives at home or a homely setting.
  • Supporting services to reduce harm, waste and unnecessary variation in practice and outcomes.
  • Providing evidence and knowledge that enables people to get the best out of the services that they use and helps services to improve.
  • Supporting the use of data and information, alongside bespoke support, to help services to improve.
  • Supporting leaders to create the conditions where quality will flourish.


The Improvement Hub (or ihub for short) will support Health and Social Care Partnerships and NHS boards to improve the quality of health and social care services. The ihub can support you by:

  • creating the context and cultures for improvement to happen
  • building the knowledge and skills to do the work of improvement
  • providing expertise in evidence, evaluation and knowledge exchange, and
  • supporting innovation

Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG)

SHTG is an advisory group set up to provide assistance to NHSScotland boards when considering selected health technologies.

Their remit is to provide advice on the evidence about the clinical and cost effectiveness of existing and new technologies likely to have significant implications for patient care in Scotland. This advice should support the planning and decision making processes in NHS boards. This includes a horizon scanning function to provide early intelligence on health technologies in development.

Their meetings are open to members of the public and media to observe. This enables stakeholders and members of the public to understand how evidence is assessed and interpreted, how consultation comments are taken into account and how SHTG advice is made.

You can suggest topics of interest to the Scottish Health Technologies Group. More information regarding this is available on their website.

NESTA Health Lab

Nesta’s Health Lab is a centre of expertise on people-powered and data-driven health.  They work with partners from the health, care, voluntary and social enterprise sectors to test and scale new ideas.

Health Lab tests and scales new ways for people to remain healthy – drawing on:

  • New sources of support – to make it possible for people to be more involved in their health
  • New sources of data- to improve people’s knowledge about their health
  • New sources of innovation- that can generate new solutions

The Data Lab

The Data Lab enables industry, the public sector and world-class academics to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. The Data Labs core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from data for Scotland.

With hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, The Data Lab is focused on building relationships locally and delivering a range of activities that span three key areas:

  • Collaborative innovation
  • Community building
  • Skills and training

Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC)

SMS-IC is a unique collaboration in life sciences. They bring together experts from industry, the NHS and academia to develop safer, more effective therapies and diagnostic tools for the management of chronic diseases.

SMS-IC works with a range of organisations including:

  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies – both local or global – in need of research and clinical development support
  • Healthcare providers looking to optimise treatment options
  • Organisations in need of consultancy and other technical support in stratified medicine
  • Medical diagnostic companies looking to develop disease-specific genetic based screening panels
  • Academic institutions seeking collaboration partners for individual research projects
  • Life sciences companies looking for local genetic sequencing expertise and support outside the fields of human health


Interface aims to help organisations to create and improve products, streamline services and develop processes which have enabled them to increase profits, maximise export potential and ultimately become more sustainable.

They facilitate collaborative partnerships between all industry sectors, including charity, social enterprise and third sectors, helping businesses work together on key industry challenges.



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