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Craig Bell
National Planning Manager
Planning and Quality Division
Ground East Rear, St Andrew's House


National Planning Forum

The National Planning Forum (NPF) is a mechanism for NHS Boards and the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates to jointly agree on how to address planning issues which need to be tackled on a 'supra-regional' or nationwide basis.

The National Planning Forum enables a coherent and consistent approach to national planning. It seeks to ensure healthcare standards and equity of access across Scotland are maintained.

The National Planning Forum supports implementation of the Healthcare Quality Strategy for Scotland, which sets out our aim of becoming a world leader in healthcare quality, through the pursuit of three Quality Ambitions: person-centred care; no avoidable harm; and the appropriate treatment at the right time.

The National Planning Forum includes members from all 22 NHS Boards and the Scottish Government, as well as representatives from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Scottish Association of Medical Directors, and NHS Board Directors of Finance and Human Resources.

The National Planning Forum meets five times a year: