Community Engagement

In July 2015 Scottish Government issued the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The Act is made up 12 parts which aims to improve community engagement with public sector organisations. 

As a public body, NHS Dumfries and Galloway are asked to adhere to Parts 3 and 5 of the Act, which relates to Participation Requests and Asset Transfer Requests.

Part 3 – Participation Request

Participation Requests are a formal process for communities to discuss potential improvements to Health Service outcomes with ourselves. Communities often have great solutions to local issues and it’s important for us to listen to you.

You can submit a Participation Request asking us to work with you on an improvement process if your group thinks they can help improve the service.

We always encourage members of the public to talk to us about anything you would like to see done differently as we might be able to use your ideas to resolve things quicker and more effectively.

The Participation Request process provides a formal way for us to:

  • Work with communities in improving services;
  • Encourage and promote conversations;
  • Tackle inequalities;
  • Support the participation of those whose voices are less hear; and
  • Support the participation of those who face additional barriers.

Get in touch – Firstly please contact us to talk through your ideas, we will explain more about the process and give you advice on submitting a request.

Email: laura.geddes2@nhs.net 
Tel: 01387 272702

Part 5 – Community Asset Transfer Request

Health Board land and properties could be an ideal resource to help local communities realise their plans and aspirations. We have developed a process to transfer assets to community organisations who want to take them over for the benefit of their community.

Get in touch – Firstly please contact us to talk through your idea, when we will explain more about the process and give you advice on submitting a formal request.

Email: ianbryden@nhs.net
Tel: 01387 244372

The process for handling Asset Transfer requests is currently under review and will be uploaded to website in due course.

Other useful information

Community Empowerment and Engagement Annual Report 2018-19

Community Empowerment and Engagement Annual Report 2017-18

Participation Strategy

NHS Dumfries and Galloway property map and Addresses 

Participation Request Flowchart

Asset Transfer Flowchart