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  • 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.


  • Driving a thriving Scotland with data science and effective networks

    • 16 May 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Marion Bain, Co-director, Public Health Reform

    The ambitious national programme to reform public health in Scotland has been bolstered by new national funding from a major UK research initiative focused on prevention. The UK Prevention Research Partnership has announced that it will invest in the new ‘Systems-science in Public Health and Health Economic Research consortium’ (SIPHER consortium), an innovative approach led by the University of Sheffield to applying systems science to public health. Marion Bain, Co-director, Public Health Reform has more..


  • Partnerships for public health and the case for a joined up approach to Scottish reform

    • 03 May 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Dona Milne, Director of Public Health

    Re-aligning the role of the core and specialist public health workforce is a central part of Scotland’s ambitious plans for public health reform. Given the remit to explore potential ways of organising the workforce differently the Specialist Public Health Workforce Commission has now reached its conclusions, with new ways of working and stronger relationships being seen as the most effective way forward. Commission co-lead, Dona Milne, has more..


  • Turning the tide on child poverty – the view from Angus

    • 15 Apr 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Shelley Hague, Strategic Policy and Planning Manager

    The national child poverty rate is on the increase. The Scottish Government estimates that more than 240,000 or 24% children live in relative poverty after housing costs. In Angus the figure is 5% below the national average but given that more than 4,200 children are experiencing issues Angus Council are taking a fresh approach to try and reverse the trend.


  • Public Health Scotland - design to implementation

    • 08 Apr 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Derek Grieve, Interim Head of Health Protection Division, Scottish Government

    Derek Grieve is Interim Head of Health Protection at Scottish Government. In this blog post he reflects on the progress reform has made and the next steps in building Public Health Scotland.