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In Scotland, MiP’s members include managers working for the 14 regional health boards and the eight special health boards, plus the many charities and private companies providing health services. 

NHS Lothian van
Under Scotland’s NHS structure, the 14 health boards manage and deliver services directly – including primary care, acute hospitals and mental healthcare. The special health boards operate across the country, offering services including specialist medical care, ambulances, health education and policy development. MiP serves all the eligible employees of these organisations, including senior executives and clinicians, service managers, specialist professionals, strategists and programme managers.

Outside the NHS, MiP also serves the Scotland-based staff of health charities and private health providers, plus organisations commissioned by local authorities to provide social care services.

Note that we cover NHS employees seconded into the Scottish Government – but not Scottish Government civil servants, who are represented by our parent union the FDA.

Our Scotland-based members are provided with individual and collective representation by a dedicated, full-time national officer based in the country, and with deep expertise in Scotland’s legal system, organisational structures, working cultures and policy frameworks.

Within MiP’s management structures, Scotland’s MiP members are represented by two members of the national committee. These elected volunteers ensure that Scotland members’ views are recognised in regional and national union policies, oversee the improvement of MiP’s services within the country, and help direct the national union’s development. If you might be interested in standing for election onto this key committee, you can find more information on our governance page.

Nicola Sturgeon - social care plans

The social care shake-up in Scotland will affect the lives of more than a million people and could have far-reaching repercussions for local government and the NHS. But are the reforms missing the point?

24 January 2023 | By Craig Ryan
Close up of a human eye looking through a spyhole

A probation period in a new job is usually seen as a formality. But if things don’t work out, it could pose a significant risk to your NHS career.

28 June 2022 | By Craig Ryan
iLFT team at Dundee

Deficiencies with testing have left many patients with serious undiagnosed liver disease for years on end. Now, a new intelligent testing system developed by NHS Tayside and Dundee University offers hope of earlier diagnosis and treatment.

04 March 2020 | By Matt Limb
Managing Better Care
Chief executive of NHS Scotland Malcolm Wright

Scotland’s ambitious plans for public service partnerships will be music to many managers’ ears. But the hard work is just beginning, Malcolm Wright tells MiP.

04 November 2019 | By Matt Ross
Appraisals cartoon

Everyone hates appraisals, right? Keep it simple and focus on having an honest dialogue and you can banish cynicism and make appraisals something to look forward to.

02 November 2019 | By Ian Reid

We speak to two MiP national officers about how threats of dismissal for unspecified "substantial” reasons are increasingly being used to get rid of NHS managers whose faces don’t fit.

23 August 2019 | By Craig Ryan
Scottish and Welsh flags

With the English NHS in a hurry to integrate health and social care, we examine the lessons from the well-established partnerships in Scotland and Wales.

30 July 2019 | By Alison Moore
The Sharp End Cartoon

Integration could transform our health and care services, argues one social care manager, but time is pressing and demand is constantly growing.

27 July 2018 | By Anonymous
The Sharp End

We talk to one manager whose career was wrecked by menopausal symptoms – and discover how everyone can support women going through the ‘change of life’.

12 April 2018 | By Daloni Carlisle
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One senior manager says the SNP government deserves credit for its realistic and supportive approach to reforming Scotland’s NHS.

05 July 2017 | By Anonymous
The Sharp End
Our members in Northern Ireland and Scotland are represented by Claire Pullar, whose profile page also presents relevant news and information

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