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Improving health
Previously NHS Health Scotland

Our work on the right to health

Our work over the last five years has focused on how a human rights based approach could underpin public service reform and health and social care delivery.

As we prepare for our part the new public health body, our goal is to ensure that the evidence we provide and the practical support we offer leads to everyone in Scotland achieving the highest attainable standard of health. The right to health for all is a positive, inspiring and inclusive message for the future.

The video below shows our Director of Strategy, Cath Denholm, talk about why the right to health is important to public health. 

Who we have worked with

We work closely with the Scottish Human Rights Commission (external site) to support the work of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) (external site).

Together with The ALLIANCE (external site) we co-convene the SNAP Health and Social Care Action Group (external site).

A key part of a rights based approach to health is to support people with lived experience to influence policy and practice. We funded research on health and human rights with marginalised groups. You can read the research, and watch a film about it, on the action group's website (external site). You can also read a case study about the right to health in practice (external site) on the SHRCs website.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about the right to health, please get in touch.