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Who we are

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) was formed in 1993. Our objective is to improve the quality of health care for patients in Scotland by reducing variation in practice and outcome, through the development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines containing recommendations for effective practice based on current evidence.

The membership of SIGN includes all the medical specialties, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, professions allied to medicine, patients, health service managers, social services, and researchers. The work of SIGN is supported by an Executive.

Funding

SIGN is part of the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and core funding from Healthcare Improvement Scotland supports the SIGN Executive, and expenses and costs associated with guideline development projects. SIGN is editorially independent from Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Government which ultimately funds Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Members of SIGN guideline development groups do not receive any payment for their participation, although independent practitioners are entitled to claim locum payments and travel expenses. Patient representatives can also claim expenses to enable them to attend guideline development group meetings. The expenses of other members of SIGN guideline development groups are met by their employing NHS boards, under an agreement with the Scottish Government Health Directorate.

Influence of financial and other interests

All individuals involved in the SIGN guideline development process must declare any competing interests (financial and non-financial) on at least an annual basis according to Policy on Declaration of Competing Interests.

Signed copies are retained by the SIGN Executive and are available on the SIGN website.

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