One of the main external websites we use is Scottish Health On the Web (SHOW) provided by the National Health Service in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government Health Directorate. SHOW provides a focal point for the NHS in Scotland and contains links to Scottish health related resources, organisations and information. SHOW acts as the main access point for a range of NHS Scotland services and resources.

Health Scotland - Scotland’s most comprehensive source of information and resources to support health improvement practitioners and organisations working to improve Scotland's health and reduce inequalities.

Health Protection Scotland  was established by the Scottish Government in 2005 to strengthen and co-ordinate health protection in Scotland. HPS plan and deliver effective and specialist national services which co-ordinate, strengthen and support activities aimed at protecting all the people of Scotland from infectious and environmental hazards.

National Services Scotland (NSS)
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) is a non Departmental Public Body, accountable to the Scottish Government, providing national strategic support services and expert advice to partner organisations, especially the NHS Boards, in the delivery of its services. NSS includes amongst its divisions the National Services Division (responsible for commissioning and performance managing national screening programmes and specialist clinical services on behalf of NHS Scotland) and;

The Information and Statistics Division (ISD)  - the leading source of health data in Scotland offering a topic based service, providing the latest news and publications as well as a range of other topics and links to related sites.

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland giving information about a national framework to improve the quality of patient care.

The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland. It is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs, and transport.

Scottish Government Health Directorates (SGHD) is responsible for health policy and the administration of the National Health Service in Scotland. The Department also has responsibility for the State Hospital, which cares for patients who require treatment under conditions of special security.

The General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) are responsible for the registration of births, marriages, civil partnerships, deaths, divorces, and adoptions. They run the Census and use Census and other data to publish information about population and households. They are the main source of family history records.

The Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO)collaboration brings together key national organisations involved in public health intelligence in Scotland, led by ISD Scotland and NHS Health Scotland. They working together to ensure the public health community has easy access to clear and relevant information and statistics to support decision making.

The Scottish Public Health Network (SPHN) is open to everyone in Scotland who has a professional interest and significant involvement in the wider health improvement agenda including staff from the NHS, local authorities, academia and others.

NHS 24 provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland.

NHS Education for Scotland NES - a special health board, responsible for developing and delivering education and training for those who work in NHSScotland.

Consumer Focus Scotland (Prev Scottish Consumer Council (SCC)
Aims to promote the interests of Scottish consumers, with particular regard to those people who experience disadvantage in society. Site contains online publications including reports, Parliamentary briefings, consumer guides. It also contains details of SCC services and projects.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the national body for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. SCVO seeks to advance the values and shared interests of the voluntary sector by fostering co-operation, promoting best practice and delivering sustainable services.

Voluntary Health Scotland
Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) is the first and only national network of voluntary health organisations of its kind in the UK, established in 2000, VHS has 293 members and is recognised as a Scottish charity.

Scottish Borders Council ,our local authority is made up of Councillors and each one represents a single-member ward of approximately 2,500 electors. The council provide a wide range of public services paid for from a combination of national grant-aid from HM Treasury, Council Tax payments from residents and other grant aid.  A small "Executive" group makes all day-to-day decisions within a policy framework set by the Council as a whole.  The Executive is held to account by a cross-party group, often called the "Scrutiny" committee. Councils meet in full session sometimes as often as monthly, but more often six-weekly or every two months.

CHEX - Community Health Exchange
The Community Health Exchange - CHEX is part of the Community Development Foundation and operates with the Scottish Community Development Centre. CHEX is funded by the NHS Health Scotland. CHEX works with all those who have a focus or interest in promoting a community development approach to tackling health inequalities.

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) is the representative voice of Scotland’s unitary local authorities. Site includes online policy documents, and sections on Scottish local government, the Scottish Parliament and event details.