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Implementation support

Our guidelines are distributed within the NHS in Scotland via a network of Guideline Distribution Co-ordinators in each NHS board.

Implementation is the responsibility of each individual NHS board and local ownership of the implementation process is crucial to success in changing practice. However, we can help support implementation by getting involved in:

  • raising awareness of our latest recommendations
  • networking with national projects and clinical networks responsible for improving clinical practice to support the implementation of key recommendations
  • developing implementation support tools and resources alongside specific guidelines (such as costing tools, care pathways, algorithms, audit tools and data sets).

An overview of strategies for implementing clinical guidelines is given in, SIGN 50: A guideline developer's handbook (PDF)

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