The Target Operating Model (TOM) for Public Health Scotland builds on the work carried out by the commissions and projects. The TOM aims to deliver a public health body consistent with the reform programme's ambitions equipped to meet the needs of the whole system.

The new body is being designed and created using a collaborative approach. This has involved stakeholders from across the whole system including

  • local government
  • community and voluntary organisations
  • the wider public sector.

What the Target Operating Model will do

The TOM will outline how Public Health Scotland will operate in the short and medium term, including on its first day and over the next three to five years.

The TOM will describe how Public Health Scotland will support and enable change, and drive the wider public health system. The TOM will also outline how the new public health body will

  • be equipped to meet Scotland's future public health challenges
  • be integral to a public health function in Scotland
  • provide authoritative leadership
  • make improvements to the public’s health across Scotland
  • address issues that matter to local communities.

Draft Target Operating Model

A draft TOM for Public Health Scotland has now been published. The draft was developed based on the work of the commissions and projects in 2018. Following engagement to seek the views of different stakeholders, a revised version of the TOM will be submitted to the reform programme board for agreement by the end of March 2019.

The draft

  • describes the contribution that Public Health Scotland will make to the wider public health system
  • outlines the core responsibilities Public Health Scotland will have in its executive management team
  • proposes that Public Health Scotland is organised based on outcomes which support the public health system in Scotland.

As the current version of the TOM is a draft, full details of how Public Health Scotland will function are still being worked through. 

You can read also find out more about the TOM in our Target Operating Model briefings.