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National Services Division

What we do

We lead on behalf of NHS boards and Scottish Government to achieve the delivery of equitable, high value health services for patients in Scotland.

Our mission is to be a valued and trusted partner for planning, commissioning and coordinating high-quality, person-centred specialist services, networks and screening programmes.

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Our approach and services

Taking a national, ‘once for Scotland’ approach allows us to:

  • reduce variation and duplication
  • drive consistency
  • foster a clinical focus
  • ensure patients are at the centre of all decisions about their care
  • assure equity of services for all
  • work with internal and external stakeholders
  • offer value for money

Our aim is to maximise the impact of national specialist services to improve the health of the population.

Browse our specialist services, screening programmes, national networks, national planning and financial risk share to learn more.

The NHS Inform website has further information for the public about each screening programme. Use this website to find out how the programmes invite partcipants for screening, the benefits and risks and what to expect at an appointment.


If you have a general query, you can contact the team by email:

Our services

Commissioning specialist services

We commission over 85 specialist services on behalf of Scotland’s health boards and the Scottish Government. Find out more about the process.

About population screening

Working with boards, we coordinate and commission the national screening programmes in Scotland. Learn more about why screening takes place.

What is national planning?

Find out about the new governance approach to decision making around the planning of key NHS clinical (and sometimes non-clinical) services.