Director-General Health and Social Care

Current role holder: Elinor Mitchell

Elinor Mitchell

Elinor Mitchell was appointed interim Director General Health and Social Care in May 2020.


The Director General for Health and Social Care is responsible for maintaining a high standard of care for the people of Scotland and for providing support to Scotland's health and social care professionals.

The Director-General Health and Social Care is a member of the Scottish Government's Corporate Governance Board.


Elinor has held several director posts within the Scottish Government, including Director for Community Health and Social Care.

She has over 30 years’ service in the civil service, working mainly in the Scottish Government.

Over the course of her career she has worked in a range of policy areas including health, environment, agriculture and social justice. 

She served as Head of HR for the Scottish Government and Director of HR and Organisational Development for the Scottish Ambulance Service. She is also currently Head of the Operational Delivery Profession. 

As well as being a chartered fellow of CIPD, Elinor is also a qualified accountant (CIMA) and a qualified nurse.