Ministerial Strategic Group for Health and Community Care


This is a key strategic decision taking group in relation to transformational change in health and community care in Scotland. The group is chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care.

The group was established in 2008 to provide a forum in which leaders from health and social care could meet to discuss matters of mutual interest and to provide leadership and direction. Key roles for the group in the past have been focussed around the health and social care integration agenda, including early contributions to Reshaping Care for Older People, delayed discharge and the legislation establishing health and social care partnerships.


  • Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
  • Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing
  • Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Mental Health
  • Cllr Alison Evison, COSLA President (Aberdeenshire Council)
  • Cllr Stuart Currie, Interim COSLA Health and Social Care Spokesperson
  • Cllr Rachael King, COSLA Health and Social Care Board (Orkney Islands Council)
  • John Wood, COSLA (lead officer for health and social care)
  • Andrew Kerr, SOLACE (Edinburgh City Council)
  • Ian Kinniburgh, Representing NHS Board Chairs Group (NHS Orkney)
  • Cathie Cowan, Representing NHS Chief Executives Group (NHS Forth Valley
  • Peter Murray, Chair, IJB Chair and Vice Chair Network (East Lothian IJB)
  • Vicky Irons, Chair, Chief Officers Network (Angus IJB)
  • Jackie Irvine, President, Social Work Scotland

  • Prof James McGoldrick, Convenor, Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

  • Carole Wilkinson, Chair, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

  • Peter Macleod, Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

  • Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care

  • Iain Buchan, Director, Scottish Care

  • Michelle Carruthers, Board Member SCVO (Chief Executive Foodtrain)

  • Annie Gunner Logan, Director, Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)

  • Dr Carey Lunan, Chair, RCGP Scotland

  • Theresa Fyfe, Director, RCN Scotland

  • Dr David Chung, Vice President, RCEM Scotland

  • Dr John Thomson, Vice Chair, RCEM Scotland

  • Janice McNee, Convener, AHP Federation Scotland (AHPFS)