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Strengthening our commitment to partnership working with Police Scotland

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and Police Scotland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

Published on 12 February 2024

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and Police Scotland have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding in a move to further strengthen our partnership working.

The declaration focuses heavily on exploring further opportunities around intelligence and data sharing over the next two years - recognising the synergies across a number of key focuses for both organisations.

Mary Morgan, Chief Executive of NHS National Services Scotland explains more. “At NSS we provide national Infrastructure solutions across the health and care landscape. A key part of this is ensuring that we are making the right connections - recognising the key services and organisations that contribute to enabling good patient and community health and wellbeing outcomes. The Scottish Public Sector can be a complex landscape. Therefore, it’s important we continue to recognise opportunities to meaningfully share data intelligence and exchange knowledge for the benefit of how we design and improve national and local systems and solutions.”

Police Scotland’s Assistant Chief Constable David Duncan adds, “By working in partnership with key agencies like NSS, Police Scotland aims to enhance the effectiveness of the service we provide to communities.”

“Police Scotland already has a successful and well-established working relationship with NSS, who have helped us better understand data and intelligence, specifically around Custody Healthcare and Interventions. In addition, they have provided vital assistance in informing our approaches to mental health as outlined in our Annual Policing Plan 2023/23. Our collaborative work with NSS allows for an exchange of ideas and practices all aimed at improving the quality of life for the people of Scotland”.