Care and wellbeing: Place and Wellbeing Programme


The Place and Wellbeing Programme sits within the Care and Wellbeing Portfolio and works with partners to understand what is needed at a national level to support local action to improve population health and reduce health inequalities by harnessing the collective power of communities, and the voluntary, public and private sectors.

The Programme focuses on the role of communities and the NHS in influencing decisions that impact on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing such as employment, planning and social networks.​   

There are three workstreams under the Place and Wellbeing Programme:

  1. the Anchors workstream aims to support health and social care bodies to operate as effective anchor institutions as part of the wider community wealth building agenda
  2. the Communities workstream aims to empower the community and voluntary sector to act locally and complement the actions of the public sector
  3. the Enabling Local Change workstream aims to ensure local partners have the support and resources to effect change and achieve fairer health and wellbeing outcomes through the coordinated efforts of Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs)

Programme Board

The Programme Board will provide direction and oversight for the delivery of the Place and Wellbeing Programme. It is accountable to the Care and Wellbeing Portfolio Board.

Meeting minutes will be published on this page.

Related groups



  • Linda Bauld, Chief Social Policy Advisor, Scottish Government

Scottish Government

  • Marion Bain, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
  • Sam Cassels, Place Principle Advisor
  • David Cowan, Head of Regeneration, Architecture
  • Ellie Crawford, Primary Care Strategy Unit
  • Angela Davidson, Deputy Director for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Susan Gallacher, Preventative and Proactive Care, Primary Care Programme Lead
  • Calum Irving, Deputy Director for Strategic Third Sector and Public Service Leadership
  • Lynn MacMillan, Head of Health Inequalities Unit
  • Lynne Nicol, Deputy Director Planning and Quality
  • Niamh O’Connor, Deputy Director for Population Health Strategy and Improvement Division


  • Lorna Birse-Stewart, Chair of NHS Tayside
  • Ruth Glassborow, Director of Place and Wellbeing for Public Health Scotland
  • Sam Martens, Policy and Business Analyst
  • Dona Milne, Director of Public Health for NHS Lothian
  • Gordon Paterson, Director of Social Care for NHS Education for Scotland
  • Carol Potter, Chief Executive for NHS Fife
  • Kerri Todd, Head of Health Improvement for NHS Lanarkshire

Local government

  • Marie Burns, Councillor and Leader, North Ayrshire Council
  • Eddie Follan, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care, COSLA
  • Gerard McCormack, Head of Transformation, Performance and Improvement, Improvement Service

Community and voluntary sector

  • Susan Paxton, Director, Scottish Community Development Centre


  • Chik Collins, Director, Glasgow Centre Population Health


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