Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan

This Action Plan sets out the Government's programme to deliver a healthier Scotland by helping people to sustain and improve their health, especially in disadvantaged communities, ensuring better, local and faster access to health care. The report is informed by the response to the consultation on Better Health, Better Care: A Discussion Document (August 2007).

References and Publications

Achieving Fair Access
NHS Health Scotland, 2007

All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population
Scottish Executive, 2007

Atkinson Review: Final report. Measurement of Government Output and Productivity for the National Accounts
Office for National Statistics, 2005

Better Health, Better Care: A Discussion Document
Scottish Government, 2007

Better Health, Better Care: Planning Tomorrow's Workforce Today
Scottish Government, 2007

Building a health service fit for the future: a national framework for service change in the NHS in Scotland ("The Kerr Report")
Scottish Executive, 2005

Co-ordinated, integrated and fit for purpose: A Delivery Framework for Adult Rehabilitation in Scotland
Scottish Executive 2007

The Crerar Review: The Report of the Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland
Scottish Government, 2007

Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (Report Brief)
Institute of Medicine, 2001

Delivering a Healthy Future: An Action Framework for Children and Young People's Health in Scotland
Scottish Executive, 2007

Delivering for Mental Health
Scottish Executive, 2006

Delivery Through Leadership: NHSScotland Leadership Development Framework
Scottish Executive, 2005

Expert Group on Acute Maternity Services: Reference Report
Scottish Executive, 2002

Fair For All
Scottish Executive, 2001

A Framework for Maternity Services in Scotland
Scottish Executive, 2001

Health for All Children 4: Guidance on Implementation in Scotland (Hall 4)
Scottish Executive, 2005

Health in Scotland 2006: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer
Scottish Government, 2007

Hepatitis C Action Plan for Scotland
Scottish Executive, 2006

The Government Economic Strategy
Scottish Government, 2007

Health in Scotland 2006: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer
Scottish Government, 2007

Implementing A Framework for Maternity Services in Scotland: Overview Report of the Expert Group on Acute Maternity Services
Scottish Executive, 2002

Inequalities in Mortality in Scotland 1981-2001
MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, 2007

International Health Regulations (2005)
World Health Organization ( WHO)

Let's Make Scotland More Active: A strategy for physical activity
Scottish Executive, 2003

Looked After Children and Young People: We Can and Must Do Better
Scottish Executive 2007

The Mental Health of Children and Young People: A Framework for Promotion, Prevention and Care
Scottish Executive, 2005

Respect and Responsibility: Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health
Scottish Executive, 2003

Towards a Future Without Tobacco: The Report of the Smoking Prevention Working Group
Scottish Executive, 2006

Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland: The Future of Mental Health Improvement in Scotland 2008-11
Scottish Government, 2007


Community Care and Health Scotland Act 2002

Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004

Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007

Organisations And Initiatives

The Scottish Government

Active Schools (Scottish Government)

Better Health, Better Care (Scottish Government)

Childsmile (NHSScotland)

Curriculum for Excellence

Forth Valley Dementia Services Project

Getting it Right for Every Child (Scottish Government)

Health and Safety Executive Scotland

ISD Scotland - Information Services Division

Investing in Volunteers

Liverpool Integrated Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (Marie Curie)

Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland

Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities (Scottish Government)

NHS Education for Scotland ( NES)

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Nutrition Now (Royal College of Nursing)

Office for National Statistics ( ONS)

Scottish Health Council

Scottish Household Survey

Scotland's Mental Health First Aid

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

Scottish Public Health Observatory

Tayside Ambulance Pilot (Marie Curie Cancer Care and Scottish Ambulance Service)

Volunteer Development Scotland

Workforce Plus


Loretto W. and Taylor M. Characteristics of adults in Scotland with long term health conditions: An analysis of Scottish Household and Scottish Health Surveys, University of Edinburgh, Scottish Executive Social Research 2007

Braunholtz S, Davidson S, Myant K, O'Connor R
Well? What Do You Think? (2006): The Third National Scottish Survey Of Public Attitudes To Mental Health, Mental Wellbeing And Mental Health Problems
Scottish Government Social Research 2007

Fair to all, personal to each: the next steps for NHSScotland
by Scottish Executive Health Department
Edinburgh: Scottish Executive, 2004
ISBN: 075594447X

New community pharmacy contract introduction of transitional arrangements: NHS circular PCA(P)(2004)9
by Scottish Executive Health Department
Edinburgh: Scottish Executive, 2004
Exploring the Future of Unpaid Care in Scotland
Care 21 Report
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National Workforce Planning Framework 2005
by Scottish Executive
Edinburgh: Scottish Executive, 2005
ISBN: 0755946618

Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 12)
The Stationery Office Limited 2005
ISBN 0 10 590086 9

Investing in Volunteers Standard -

The Scottish Executive. 2004. A breath of fresh air for Scotland. Improving Scotland's health: The challenge tobacco control action plan. Edinburgh: The Stationery Office. Available from:

General Register Office for Scotland ( GROS)

NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee

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