Declaration of interests form
Notes for completion:
This form is for people who have been invited to peer review documents, provide expert opinion or provide relevant experience to a group convened by the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. This form is also for people who are becoming members of a SIGN guideline development group or a Standards development group.
When declaring interests for the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland there are three questions to help decide the category of interest:
- Does this interest directly involve you or an immediate member of your family?
If the answer is ‘yes’ it is ‘personal’, if the answer is ‘no’ it is ‘non-personal’.
- Does this interest involve money or anything of monetary value? If the answer is ‘yes’ it is ‘financial’, if the answer is ‘no’ it is ‘non-financial’.
- Does this interest relate directly to the topic? If the answer is ‘yes’ it is ‘specific’
if the answer is ‘no’ it is ‘non-specific’.
Further details on definitions can be found in the following document: Declarations of interest: definitions and policies for handling of interests at meetings.
Values of financial interests do not need to be disclosed and for practical purposes only payments and/or support to a value in excess of £100 annually should be declared.
- If a section is completed with ‘no’, ‘none’, this will be recorded as ‘none’ in the register.
- If a section is completed with declarations, these will be recorded in the register.
- If a section is left blank, this will be noted as ‘nothing declared’.
NOTE: leaving a section blank will likely exclude you from participating or from acting
as a peer reviewer. It is recommended that you complete every section.
What will happen to the information I provide?
After completion of the project your interests will be published on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website.
If you are declaring for a SIGN guideline development group or a health and social care standards development group your interests will be published on an annual basis on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website.