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What are national networks?

Published on 13 July 2021

Strategic networks

Strategic networks support the planning, finance and improvement of service change.

Scottish Trauma Network (STN) – drives high standards of care for those with serious injuries.

National Police Care Network – supports and facilitates the delivery of healthcare services in police custody, as well as forensic medical service delivery. The network acts as a conduit between Police Scotland, NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships. It ensures that these services are coordinated, optimised and supported at a national level.

The National Prison Care Network - brings partners together from across the health and justice arenas to collaborate to improve the quality of life of people in prison. The Network supports a ‘Once for Scotland’ approach to the planning, design and delivery of an integrated, holistic, person-centred care pathway across the health and social care system (website to be launched soon).

Scottish Veterans Care Network - oversees the delivery of the Scottish Approach to Veterans’ Health. The network will support, influence, provide and share best practice, services and expertise in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. It aims to increase awareness of veterans' needs amongst health professionals and care providers, and will collate data across Scotland to ensure parity of care.

Scottish Perinatal Network – provides a forum for staff, families and third sector partners to work together to improve maternity and neonatal care in Scotland. The interests of mothers, babies and their families are at the heart of this work. Together, the National Maternity Network and the National Neonatal Network form this network.