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Technical Healthcare Scientist Team

Published on 11 July 2024

The Healthcare Scientist Technical Team are a multidisciplinary research team dedicated to providing evidence that supports the development of NHSScotland Assure's technical guidance and advice. Our work ensures that patients, their carers, and healthcare providers operate in a safe, effective, and person-centred environment.

What we do

Our team of specialists conduct a wide range of literature reviews and primary research.

We are committed to a rigorous, methodical approach across our research projects. To support the integrity and validity of research outputs, we adopt academic methodologies and occasionally publish in peer-reviewed journals. Our project protocols are produced with contributions from project commissioners, subject matter experts (SMEs) and consultations with other stakeholders. This collaborative approach helps us formulate concise research questions, minimise bias, and ensure that our outputs robustly support project requirements and yield reliable evidence. Our reviews adhere to the PRISMA reporting guidelines for systematic and scoping reviews to maintain transparency.

Find out more about our review process.


Engagement with SMEs is crucial throughout the lifecycle of all our research projects and literature reviews. This collaboration ensures that our projects incorporate expert insight, while also fostering a shared understanding of the research findings as work progresses.

Our service extends to teams within NHSScotland Assure, Scottish Government, NHS Boards, and other national bodies. Additionally, we collaborate with clinical colleagues for the delivery of specific projects when required.

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Completed projects and publications

Literature reviews on this website

Impact of room design on length of stay

NHSS Repeatable rooms

Fire suppression

Literature reviews on external websites

Impact of the design of adult mental health inpatients facilities on healthcare staff: a mixed methods systematic review

The role of the built environment as a therapeutic intervention in mental health facilities: a systematic literature review