Women’s Health Group


This group was formed in February 2020 and concluded its work in August 2021 following the publication of the Women’s Health Plan.

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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