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  • Start of a new era for public health as Shadow Chair for Public Health Scotland takes up post

    • 02 Jul 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Professor Jim McGoldrick, Shadow Chair, Public Health Scotland

    With just ten months to the launch of Public Health Scotland, work behind the scenes to deliver a new era for public health is stepping up a gear. Shadow Chair, Jim McGoldrick is now in post, tasked with bringing together national public health expertise and moulding a new organisation that will work across Scotland to improve and protect the nation’s health and reduce stubborn inequalities…

  • Changing our communities for the better through Scotland’s public health priorities

    • 26 Jun 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Asif Ishaq, Public Health Priorities Lead at the Scottish Government

    Hundreds of people are currently working to deliver an ambitious vision for public health to make lives better for communities across Scotland. The reform project has reached an important milestone, with the shared public health priorities being widely endorsed as the key drivers for change. Asif Ishaq, Public Health Priorities Lead at the Scottish Government outlines why we’re at the cusp of an exciting period of change…

  • Using Public Health Scotland to explore new ways of looking at and translating data

    • 18 Jun 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Scott Heald, Associate Director at Public Health and Intelligence

    The smart use of data intelligence will be one of the ways that Public Health Scotland plans to lead by example. Health data will be translated into new, meaningful and easily understood ways, so that communities and audiences across the country can both use and share it to transform the ways we tackle public health issues. Scott Heald, Associate Director at Public Health & Intelligence, NHS National Services Scotland shares his insights into what needs to be done to get it right…

  • New national leadership role for Public Health in Scotland

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Public Health Reform

    Public Health Scotland plans have been unveiled to appoint a Chief Executive to lead the national agency.

  • Making better places through improved planning

    • 12 Jun 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Campbell Hart, Public Health Reform Team

    How do you create better places for people in Scotland? That was one of the central themes at the International Making Place Conference in Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket in June 2019. The public health reform team were there to find out more...

  • Place, public health reform and the case for change

    • 03 Jun 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager

    The impact of good spatial planning on public health is well documented but the real challenge facing Scotland is putting these evidenced links into aligned policy and practice. Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager at the Improvement Service argues that by using a whole system approach we can support, enable and drive action that goes beyond physical impact, such as carbon emissions, to indirect social effects such as the exercise we take and the people we meet…

  • Public Health Scotland takes major step forward

    • 31 May 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Public Health Reform

    With less than a year to go until the establishment of Public Health Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeanne Freeman has confirmed the appointment of Professor Jim McGoldrick, as Shadow Chair of Public Health Scotland.

  • Public Health Scotland consultation now underway

    • 28 May 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Public Health Reform

    A major drive to improve Scotland’s health and wellbeing is now underway. Have a say on how the new Public Health Scotland will work for you.

  • Delivering a strong public health vision for communities in Greater Glasgow and Clyde

    • 27 May 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health

    Faced with stubborn health inequalities and poor health in some communities Scotland’s largest health board is currently taking a fresh approach to try to reverse the trend. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have embraced the public health priorities and whole systems working, with its first every public health strategy helping to take a message to communities that change is coming. Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde shares her experience…

  • Institutionalising preventive health

    • 17 May 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Professor Paul Cairney and Dr John Boswell

    Professor Paul Cairney (University of Stirling) and Dr John Boswell (University of Southampton) led a discussion on ‘institutionalising’ preventive health with key people working with the Scottish Government and COSLA to reform public health in Scotland, including members of the Programme Board, the Oversight Board, Commission leads and members of the senior teams in NHS Health Scotland and Public Health and Intelligence.