Welcome to NHS Health Scotland’s blog. Blog posts are written by our staff, partners and stakeholders. Opinions expressed are those of contributors and do not necessarily reflect the organisation’s views.


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  • The F-words: you can’t have one without the other

    • 27 Nov 2019
    • Immunisation
    • Jessica Craig

    Earlier this month we were invited to speak at the European Public Communication (EuroPCom) Conference in Brussels about Scotland’s work to tackle inequalities in immunisation uptake. Read about why facts and feelings both matter when we are communicating with the public.


  • Everyone has a right to safe, healthy and happy relationships

    • 22 Oct 2019
    • Gender based violence
    • Kevin Campbell, Senior Health Improvement Officer

    People with learning disabilities have a right to engage in personal and sexual relationships, in a safe, healthy and happy way. With the right support and education, they can. We blog about improving the service response to women with learning disabilities who experience abuse.


  • Stop scrolling, start strolling

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • Physical activity
    • Brendan Paddy, Director of Ramblers Scotland

    As the RSPH social-media free campaign ‘Scroll Free September’ draws to a close, Brendan Paddy (Director of Ramblers Scotland) blogs about how building everyday walking into our lives can take us away from the little worlds inside our screens, and strengthen our real connections with family, friends and colleagues.


  • We can’t have one without the other

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • Housing
    • Matt Lowther, Head of Place and Equity

    In a vibrant, modern Scotland it should be possible for everyone to be as healthy as they can be. On Scottish Housing Day, we blog about housing as a human right.


  • A more compassionate Scotland: a societal response to childhood adversity

    • 23 Aug 2019
    • ACEs
    • Katy Hetherington, Organisational Lead - Childhood Adversity

    In the absence of healthy relationships there is a tendency to be excluded instead of understood. We blog about the need to improve people's lives today - as well as influence the world that children will grow up in - as part of a societal response to childhood adversity.


  • Soft skills at the hardest of times

    • 24 Jul 2019
    • Mental health
    • Carly Grant, Senior Health Improvement Officer

    Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the perinatal period. On Samaritans Awareness Day, Carly Grant from our Public Mental Health Team blogs about the importance of soft skills at the hardest of times.


  • It all matters for population health

    • 16 May 2019
    • Health inequality
    • Dr Gerry McCartney, Head of Scottish Public Health Observatory

    Head of ScotPHO, Dr Gerry McCartney blogs about why politics, economics and policy all matter for population health.


  • National Children's Day 2019

    • 10 May 2019
    • ACEs
    • Katy Hetherington, Organisational Lead - Childhood Adversity

    In the week of National Children's Day, we blog about how our work to prevent adversity can help children grow into healthy, happy adults and reduce the risk of inequalities in later life.


  • Play at work - who cares?

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • Employment
    • Lynne Galloway, Health and Work Manager for Healthy Working Lives

    Health and Work Manager Lynne Galloway blogs about the difference 'non work in-work' activity can make to employee welfare and workplace success.


  • Smoking: Is it really a ‘free choice’?

    • 13 Mar 2019
    • Smoking
    • Dr Ross Whitehead, Public Health Intelligence Adviser

    On No Smoking Day, Public Health Intelligence Adviser Dr Ross Whitehead blogs about how making our environment more supportive can help people to stop smoking.