Public health reform

The Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Delivery Plan (external site) was published in December 2016. It sets out the three main areas of improvement in response to the Public Health Review.    

  1. Set national public health priorities with SOLACE and COSLA that will direct public health improvement across the whole of Scotland.
  2. Support a new, single, national body to strengthen national leadership, visibility and critical mass to public health in Scotland.
  3. Set up local joint public health partnerships between local authorities, NHSScotland and others to drive national public health priorities and adopt them to local contexts across the whole of Scotland. 

The Public Health Priorities were launched in June and you can read about them, along with the progress of the other two areas of the reform programme by visiting the Public Health Reform site.

You can also read a blog post on the Public Health Reform site (external site) by our Chief Executive, Gerry McLaughli, on the link between the National Performance Framework and the Public Health Priorities.

Our involvement

We welcome the reform to public health in Scotland, especially the emphasis on strong public health leadership for the future. We are involved in all three aspects of public health reform, especially the development of the new body, which will be called Public Health Scotland. This is because NHS Health Scotland will become part of Public Health Scotland when it is created next year. 

We are supporting the public health reform programme through membership of the two governance bodies (external site). They are the

  • Public Health Oversight Board
  • Public Health Programme Board.

We are also involved in a number of pieces of work, called Commissions. These have been set up by the Scottish Government Public Health Reform Team to inform the development of Public Health Scotland.

The Commissions cover important aspects of how the new body will function, including

  • improving health
  • protecting health
  • improving services
  • underpinning data and intelligence
  • leadership for public health research and innovation
  • leadership for the broad public health workforce
  • workforce of the new body (organisational development).

Each of these Commissions is jointly owned by two or more organisations, and will be delivered collaboratively. Engagement with stakeholders is key to the Commissions and there will be a wide range of ways to get involved over the coming months.

Contact us if you’d like to find out more about getting involved in the Commissions.