SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network): SIGN was formed in 1993. Its objective is to improve the quality of health care for patients in Scotland by reducing variation in practice and outcome, through the development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines containing recommendations for effective practice based on current evidence.
The membership of SIGN includes all the medical specialties, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, professions allied to medicine, patients, health service managers, social services, and researchers. The work of SIGN is supported by an Executive.
SIGN is part of the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and core funding from Healthcare Improvement Scotland supports the SIGN Executive, and expenses and costs associated with guideline development projects. SIGN is editorially independent from Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Government which ultimately funds Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
See section 10.2 of the guideline for details of the Guideline Development Group membership.
Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI): The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre is based in the University of Strathclyde. It is funded jointly by Scottish Government Digital Health and Care and the Scottish Funding Council. DHI plays a pivotal role in inspiring, enabling and combining industry and academic expertise with service, business and technical innovation to create person-centred digital health and care innovations. DHI focuses on shifting the balance of care from a traditional treatment model, through the development of digital health and care innovations that focus on prevention, early detection, post event care and independent assisted living.
DHI leads and manages the national Decision Support Programme on behalf of Scottish Government, as a core objective within Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy. The app and website have been built using the Right Decision Service tools which DHI has developed as a key deliverable for the national programme.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Library Network: The NHSGGC Library Network provides library and information services to all staff working within NHSGGC and its partner organisations.
As part of the National Decision Support Programme, NHSGGC Knowledge Services provide knowledge management expertise to support use of Right Decision Service tools.
Tactuum Ltd –Tactuum is a software company based in Glasgow, with an office in the US. Tactuum’s mission is to improve healthcare services through the delivery of digital services supporting healthcare providers and patients. Tactuum provides the technology and digital expertise to deliver Right Decision Service tools for the National Decision Support Programme.