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About specialist services

Published on 13 April 2022

We currently commission more than 85 national designated specialist services on behalf of Scottish Government and NHSScotland’s boards.

Specialist services provide support to patients living with a rare condition or who have highly specialist needs. We work to maximise available resources, ensuring that patients have access to high-quality services and standards of care that can be measured against appropriate standards.
However rare the condition, we strive to create fair and effective care pathways that offer the best support to patients.

Each designated service is subject to strict governance and performance reviews. We do this by:

  • developing service agreements with provider boards, detailing the service specification, performance and quality standards, finance and activity expectations
  • conducting regular meeting between clinicians and managers to continually review auditing processes, measure clinical outcomes and identify service improvements
  • performing an annual cycle of performance reviews to discuss audit, clinical outcomes and service improvements

View all of our specialist services.