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Public Health Reform

Scottish Ministers announced in November 2014 that they had asked for a review of public health in Scotland and had established an Expert Group to take this work forward.

The subsequent review report is available here:

The recommendations from the review were translated into the relevant sections of the Health and Social Care Delivery Plan. The Delivery Plan sets out three specific commitments to agree national public health priorities, establish a new national public health body and develop local joint public health partnerships.

Plans are now underway to deliver these commitments and a strategic Oversight Board has been established (jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) to guide the reform work. The Oversight Board has representatives from across the public health landscape, including COSLA, SOLACE, NHS Chief Officers, Directors of Public Health, Integration Authorities, third sector and staff side representatives.