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  • 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.


  • Understanding public health through community planning

    • 29 Mar 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Eibhlin McHugh, Co-director, Public Health Reform programme

    Community planning partners from across Scotland have been giving their feedback on what they see as the biggest challenges facing public health. Forming part of the ongoing reform programme, a number of engagement sessions took place recently. These sessions were part of a national tour which ranged from Lockerbie to Orkney. Professionals from across Scotland shared their experience of delivering local priorities and working with national partners.


  • Laying the foundations for change

    • 06 Mar 2019
    • Reform programme
    • Gareth Brown

    Gareth Brown sets out the process to develop a Target Operating Model for Public Health Scotland. This process is a part of a journey setting out what Public health Scotland will look like in the future and how we will create a new organisation to support our ambitions for reform and health and wellbeing in Scotland.


  • New year - new opportunities

    • 24 Dec 2018
    • Reform programme
    • Gareth Brown

    Gareth Brown is Programme and Policy Director for Public Health Reform. He reflects on the progress made in 2018 and the commission process. The commission process tells us about the importance of relationships and engagement for the next phase of reform and establishing a new public health body, Public Health Scotland. Through public health reform and the new public health body, we aim to deliver our ambitions to improve health and wellbeing.

  • Phil Couser is Director of Public Health and Intelligence at National Services Scotland. In this blog he discusses the Scottish Health Survey, which was published in late 2018. The survey provides an important backdrop to reform and Scotland’s Public Health challenges. Phil sets out the opportunity for Public Health Scotland – once established - to get more actively involved in further contributing to this work. He also discusses how the survey and its findings can support collaboration and whole system working around the Public Health Priorities.