Jacqui Lunday Johnstone was appointed as the Chief Health Professions Officer in April 2006 and before that was the first Allied Health Professions Officer in the Scottish Government Health Department from September 2002.
She has a professional leadership and policy lead role for the 10 Allied Health Profession (AHP) Groups and the 51 Healthcare Science Professions. She provides advice to Ministers and the Government on professional matters affecting all 61 disciplines including education, training, regulation and role/service development as well as leading on policy for adult rehabilitation and falls prevention. Jacqui is also the professional lead for the Scottish Government's 'Person Centred Health and Care Programme'.
In 2007 she was appointed as Technical Advisor to the World Health Organisation and has led an international programme of work in virtual networks for health professionals to support inter-professional learning and collaboration and is convenor of ICHPO, a network of international government officials leading on health profession development.
In July 2010 Jacqui was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University from Queen Margaret University in recognition of her significant contribution to education and public service.