2015 Review of Public Health in Scotland: Strengthening the Function and re-focusing action for a healthier Scotland

The Public Health Review was asked to examine public health systems and functions and their contribution to improving population health and reducing (health) inequalities. This is the Report on behalf of the Review Group published with a Ministerial foreword from the Minister for Public Health

Annex C. Methodology for the Public Health Review

(a) Analytical input provided by the Scottish Government.

8. (b) Comments sought openly from individuals and organisations in relation to five questions contained in an engagement paper on the subject of public health strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) and on leadership, partnership and workforce. 117 responses were received and independent research consultants were appointed to undertake analysis and have provided a full report which is available at

(c) A series of four regional engagement events organised on behalf of the Review Group by the Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN), to explore further some of the themes emerging from the responses. These were held in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and attended by a mix of attendees from public health, the wider NHS, Local Authorities, the third sector and the public. ScotPHN have made available a report and the outputs on their website

(d) Meetings conducted by Heather Cowan and Hamish Wilson, on behalf of the Review Group, with key interest groups including: the Scottish Directors of Public Health, the Multi-Disciplinary Specialist Public Health Network, the Scottish Public Health Registrars Group, the Scottish Health Promotion Managers, the Scottish Public Health Network, the North of Scotland Public Health Network, Consultants in Dental Public Health Networks, National Specialist Training Committee for Public Health/Medicine, Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS). Also meetings and/or telephone conference calls with individuals to inform the review including : Sir Harry Burns,former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and Professor of Global Public Health, International Prevention Research Institute, Strathclyde University; Cerilan Rogers, retired Director National Public Health Service for Wales; Dr Carolyn Harper, Director of Public Health and Medical Director for Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency; Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive Royal Society for Public Health; Dr Kate Ardern MBChB, MSc, FFPH, Executive Director of Public Health for the Borough of Wigan.

Following a number of these meetings, further material was generated for the Review Group's consideration.

(e) Research analysis was carried out which covered analysis of evidence/research literature, including a review of international evidence on health policies and different governance and accountability structures to inform the Review Group. A Summary report is available at

(f) A series of meetings of the Review Group to consider this material alongside additional presentations from experts including: Jonathan Marron, Director of Strategy, Public Health England; Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive, Public Health Wales; Claire Stevens, Chief Officer, Voluntary Health Scotland; Andrew Fraser, Chair, Scottish Public Health Workforce Development Group.


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