Each member organisation may be represented in one or more of the Partnership's constituency groups as appropriate.
The three regional groups cover the same NHS Board areas as Regional Cancer Advisory Groups:
Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland, Tayside, Western Isles
Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife, Lothian
Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire
There are four national groups:
for national charities providing palliative care services in Scotland or providing care and/or support for people with life-threatening progressive conditions and their families/carers in Scotland
for representatives involved in palliative care for babies, children and young people.
for representatives involved in the management of voluntary hospices in Scotland
for multi-professional representatives of NHS and voluntary specialist palliative care services and professional organisations.
All member organisations are asked to appoint appropriate individuals to carry out the role of nominated representative to the Partnership. These nominated representatives act as a formal link between their employing organisation and the Partnership. They:
Part of the Partnership's function is to provide appropriate two-way channels of communication and distillation of information and views in order to contribute to the formulation of effective policies and the implementation of agreed strategies at national level. For these functions to be effective, the Partnership needs to have direct links, through its network of nominated representatives, to appropriate individuals with a policy, planning or strategic remit, in addition to links with multi-professional medical and clinical personnel. Such individuals should be in a position to speak on behalf of the body they represent, to report back to that body and to cascade information as appropriate.
Representatives of member and other organisations may also become involved by invitation in one or more of the Partnership's short-term ad hoc working groups, set up from time to time to address specific issues or to carry out particular pieces of work. These groups have no part in the formal structures or operation of the Partnership.