Creating a culture for health

Delivering our ambitions for whole system working will involve creating a genuine culture for health in Scotland, where public services and citizens value health as a public good that is developed and enjoyed by all in society.

This means working in different ways to create the economic, social and physical environment that improves and protects health for people across Scotland. Creating this environment will support and sustain healthier behaviours and help individuals to take ownership of their own health.

Creating a culture for health in Scotland should enable us to:

  • Plan and deliver services that centre on prevention and integration
  • Ensure decision making rests as close to communities as possible
  • Work with communities to deliver improved health outcomes and empower citizens
  • Deliver local services that work together even more closely with communities to meet the needs of people who use them.

Public health reform is not about any one organisation. If we are to improve the public’s health we need to work together to shift our emphasis towards preventing illness and working more effectively together.