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What are national networks?

Published on 04 August 2022

Strategic networks

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

Scottish Trauma Network (STN) – works with stakeholders across the patient pathway for the seriously injured to drive high standards of care from roadside to rehabilitation.

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.

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 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.

30 June 2022 | Decommissioning of the Scottish Veterans Care Network

Dear SVCN partners, stakeholders and members of the veterans community,

On 1 March 2022, there was a Parliamentary Debate focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of veterans in Scotland. The SVCN was commended for the creation and publication of the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan to improve mental health and wellbeing services for veterans.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans and Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing welcomed the Principles and Recommendations set out in the Action Plan and advised that its implementation will be progressed via a Scottish Government-led Implementation Board, chaired by Dr Charles Winstanley.

The Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing has therefore advised that the work of the SVCN will transition to the Implementation Board and, as such, the SVCN will be decommissioned from Thursday 30 June 2022.

Should you wish to contact the Implementation Board, contact details will be displayed on this page as soon as they are made available.

We would like to place on record our heartfelt thanks to everybody connected to the Network for your commitment to developing the SVCN and especially the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan, as well as helping us to take forward work on the service mapping of veterans’ health and care services, improving data and information processes and developing education and training.

The following resources, previously available through the SVCN website, can be accessed below:

If you are a member of the veterans’ community and require any immediate healthcare support, you can contact the following national organisations:

Alternatively, you can contact your local NHS Armed Forces and Veterans Champion:

Many thanks and best wishes, The SVCN Programme Team