Women’s Health Group


The Programme for Government 2019 to 2020 set out a commitment to deliver a Women’s Health Plan to underpin actions to tackle women’s health inequalities.  

The Women’s Health Group was established in February 2020 to work together to develop, promote and implement a Women’s Health Plan.

The Women’s Health Group will build on the work already being undertaken across Scottish Government, NHSScotland and the third sector by: 

  • providing a focal point for discussion, leadership and direction to focus policy development and quality improvements on the needs of all women across Scotland
  • linking strategically with other developments and policy areas across the Scottish Government as appropriate to ensure women’s health and wellbeing is considered in policy output
  • identifying gaps in the provision of services, consider existing areas of best practice and develop actions to address these gaps 
  • producing a Women’s Health Plan
  • supporting health Boards, local authorities, partner agencies and professional organisations to work collaboratively to ensure services best meet women’s health needs

Read the Women’s Health Plan – Lived experience engagement events report


  • Marion Bain, Chair
  • Corinne Love, Vice Chair
  • Alison Scott, NHS Lothian 
  • Sharon Cameron, NHS Lothian
  • Heather Currie, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Colin Berry, Professor Cardiology and Imaging University of Glasgow
  • Lindsey Pope, Professor of Medical Education, University of Glasgow
  • Sigi Joseph, Royal College of General Practitioners, Scotland 
  • Alastair Campbell, Co-Chair Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology, Scottish Committee
  • Ann Holmes, Chief Midwifery Adviser and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government  
  • Dona Milne, Director of Public Health, NHS Fife
  • Emma Ritch, National Advisory Council on Women and Girls representative
  • Karen Ritchie, Director Evidence, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Clare McKenzie, NHS Education for Scotland 
  • Maggie Simpson, Chair of the Scottish Obstetric Cardiology Network
  • Irene Oldfather, Health and Social Care Alliance
  • Fiona Stalker, journalist

Read the Women's Health Plan: lived experience survey report


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