National Centre for Remote & Rural Health & Social Care (formerly known as the Scottish Centre of Excellence)

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NHS Education for Scotland’s (NES) Remote and Rural Healthcare Educational Alliance (RRHEAL) and Clinical Skills Managed Education Network (CSMEN) have been working to support a new remote, rural and island health and care multi-agency working group. Group members include the University of Highlands and Islands, NHS Highland, NHS 24, University of Glasgow, Scottish Ambulance Service, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and rural community leads.  The working group have worked to co-produce a draft proposal for a Scottish Centre of Excellence (SCoE) in remote and rural models of care, digital innovation and multidisciplinary education and training for health and care professionals.

The development of a SCoE was recommended within the Sir Lewis Ritchie Independent External review of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross Report (SLSWR) 2018. Click here to view the report.

For more information about the development of the National Centre and the opportunities available to join the conversation, visit our Public Information Hub.


The group have co-produced a multi-agency plan that describes a National Centre for Remote and Rural Health and Social Care that will bring enduring benefits for all remote, rural and island areas of Scotland and beyond. The National Centre will raise the profile of remote and rural practice as a career of choice and place the spotlight on Scotland for excellence in developing and delivering effective and innovative multi-agency models of remote, rural and island health and care, education and training from a national and international perspective. 

The Scottish Government have set out their vision for Scotland to be a world leader in remote and rural health and social care provision promoting and celebrating the exemplary achievements of healthcare providers within our remote, rural and island communities. They are keen to support the development of a National Centre for Remote and Rural Healthcare for Scotland that will help to achieve that vision.

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The Scottish Government with the Cabinet Secretary’s support aim to build on the work of the Scottish CoE working group to establish a formal proposal that will be offered for tender for a National Centre for Remote, Rural and island Healthcare in Scotland that is inclusive of the needs, opportunities and models of excellence from the whole remote and rural health and care workforce.