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Commissions and Project Initiation Documents

Public Health Scotland has been developed through a number of commissions and projects which fed into a Target Operating Model.

The commissions cover important aspects of how the new public health body functions. Project Initiation Documents (PIDs) are similar to commissions and will take forward the practical elements required for Public Health Scotland to deliver those functions.

These functions include

  • health protection
  • health improvement
  • healthcare public health
  • data and intelligence
  • research
  • innovation.

The majority of commissions have now submitted their recommendations to the Public Health Reform Programme Board. The work done as a result of the commissions and projects have been fed into a Target Operating Model for Public Health Scotland.


The commissions were collaborative, and had a number of people working on them. They were

  • staff from NHS Health Scotland and Public Health and Intelligence
  • partners from across the whole system.

Each commission reported against a number of defined deliverables and made recommendations on how the relevant functions of Public Health Scotland should operate.

Commissioning briefs

Public Health Scotland Commission Final Reports

Public Health Scotland launched 1 April 2020. Access the PHS commission final reports.

Project Initiation Documents

Projects are similar to commissions but consider the practical elements that help Public Health Scotland deliver the functions 

The PIDs are

Target Operating Model

The Target Operating Model builds on the work carried out by the commissions and projects. It describes how Public Health Scotland will enable change and support the wider public health system to improve health and wellbeing.