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Purpose and audience

The overall vision behind this web and mobile toolkit is to develop an integrated ‘Once for Scotland’ approach to delivering Realistic Medicine resources for healthcare professionals and for citizens. This toolkit has been developed as a collective effort involving:

  • Scottish Government Realistic Medicine Policy Unit as sponsors and funders, supported by the national network of Realistic Medicine Leads.
  • A Steering Group with representation across key stakeholder groups.
  • Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) - providing the Right Decision Service to deliver the toolkit and coordinating the development.
  • NHS Education for Scotland - providing the NES educational toolkit for Realistic Medicine.
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - this development builds on the NHS GGC Realistic Medicine toolkit and the NHS GGC knowledge services team has structured and organised the content on the toolkit.
  • NHS Tayside - the Realistic Medicine team put forward the original proposal for a shared decision-making toolkit for professionals and citizens.

Governance

This toolkit is developed and maintained as a collective effort involving:

  • Scottish Government Realistic Medicine Policy Unit as sponsors and funders, supported by the national network of Realistic Medicine Leads.
  • A Steering Group and citizen-facing subgroup with representation across key stakeholder groups.
  • Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) - providing the Right Decision Service to deliver the toolkit and coordinating the development.
  • NHS Education for Scotland - providing the NES educational toolkit for Realistic Medicine.
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - this development builds on the NHS GGC Realistic Medicine toolkit and the NHS GGC knowledge services team has structured and organised the content on the toolkit.
  • NHS Tayside - the Realistic Medicine team put forward the original proposal for a shared decision-making toolkit for professionals and citizens.

Quality assurance

NHS Education for Scotland deploys a checklist of quality assurance criteria for information and education resources accessed via the toolkit (link to be provided.)

NHS GGC and DHI will define the quality assurance criteria for practice-focused tools and resources on the site, building on existing health information quality standards.  Key components of quality assurance of health and wellbeing information include:

Provenance

  • Who is responsible for the  resource? Is it an authoritative body?
  • Is it a  UK resource?
  • Is it a registered charity?

Sponsorship

  • Who funds the site?
  • Are there adverts?

Authorship

  • Who writes the content? Is it reviewed by health professionals? Does it display references?
  • When was it created? Is it up to date?
  • Is the author trying to promote a particular view? Is it biased?
  • Does it have quality accreditation or information standard?

Currency

  • How up to date is the content?
  • Is there a clear policy for maintaining and updating the content?

Maintenance and updating

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is responsible for coordinating maintenance and updating of this site. Regular updating is  supported by the Right Decision Service inbuilt functionality, which requires review dates to be applied to resources, and issues automated alerts to authors/publishers when review is required.

DHI will work closely with:

Individual boards supplying local resources, to ensure regular updating of  the content they provide.

NHS Education for Scotland to update the content or links to the educational resources they provide. 

NHS GGC knowledge services to carry out regular link checking and updating. 

Conditions of use

Disclaimer

Scottish Government provides this app/website to benefit health and social care organisations across Scotland.  Each individual participating organisation which contributes resources to the app/website has sole responsibility for the information created or published by them. Any information appearing on this site is issued as general information and does not constitute a warranty by  the Scottish Government or any other  organisation, nor should it be taken as advice. No responsibility can be accepted by the Scottish Government or any other organisation for action or inaction as a result of information contained on this app/website. Users should take advice from health and care professionals in respect of specific situations. The use and access of pages of this app/website is subject to the terms and conditions set out below and by this disclaimer. By using or accessing this app/website, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Copyright

Content on this app/website is copyrighted to Scottish Government and its agents unless otherwise stated. Users should consult the copyright statements on the resources signposted by this site.

Links to other Websites and applications

The provision on this app/website of a link to another website or application does not constitute any authorisation to access material held at that location. Links to sites are provided for informational purposes only and no responsibility is accepted for the quality of resources to be found on such websites. The contents and material made available on linked sites are completely out with our control and as such no liability is accepted for any damages resulting from accessing or failing to access these sites. No endorsement is expressed or implied by the presence of a link on this  app/website. The contents of a linked-to website may change without our knowledge and as a result, links may break or may terminate on pages which were not the original targets of a link. No responsibility or liability for the privacy of personal information is accepted for linked to websites, as these are beyond our control.

Warranties

The resources contained on this app/website, including all files that are authorised for public and password-protected download or access, are provided on an “as is” basis and without any warranties. No warranty is given that files downloaded or accessed from this  app/website are free of computer viruses. No warranties are made as to fitness for purpose, quality or completeness of information. This app/website excludes any liability for any errors in or omissions in information provided on or linked to from this website.

Reliability of information

The Scottish Government uses its best efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of information on this app/website in accordance with the policies defined for this site . However, no guarantees are made that the information contained on this app/website  or associated, or linked to websites is accurate, complete and current at any given time. Information presented on this app/website  or associated sites may be changed at any time. The resources made available on this app/website are intended to assist  health and social care professionals and citizens in Scotland and are for information only. The app/website is not intended in any way to replace the advice of health and care professionals. Nothing on this app/website is intended to constitute advice. Specific advice should be sought in specific situations from a properly qualified health or care professional. Content on this website is governed by a number of policies and guidelines. Users of this app/website agree to inform the Scottish Government  or Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre using the Feedback form  if they should come across any material contained which they consider to be potentially in breach of any of the published  Scottish Government or NHS Scotland policies or of any relevant legislation in order for the appropriate remedial action to be taken.

Availability of the app/website

Although this app/website has been tested and should work correctly under normal circumstance, there are many factors both within and outside of the control of this site which may prevent the app/website from being available to users of the world-wide-web. No responsibility is accepted by this app/website for any losses that may arise from an inability to access resources on this app/website. Where a user finds a specific error in the coding of a web page, or where he/she considers a page to be in breach of accessibility or other published policies of this app/website, it is a condition of use of this site that the web team be notified via the Feedback form in order that appropriate action may be taken.

Governing laws

The terms and conditions of use of this app/website shall be governed by the laws of Scotland.

Accessibility

The app is compliant with Android and Apple accessibility standards for native mobile apps. The website is compliant with WC3A 2.0 Standards

Browser and operating system compatibility

The app is supported by Android 4.4 or later and iOS 8.0 or later devices. The website is optimised for use on both desktop and mobile devices in the following browsers - IE9+, Chrome, Edge, Safari.

Last reviewed: 31/03/2023

Next review date: 31/03/2024