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Whole System Collaborative

The Whole Systems Collaborative (WSC) is a partnership of organisations from across Scotland that are actively looking to deliver the shared public health priorities using a whole systems approach.

You can see more on the shared public health priorities and the whole system approach on our pages.

The WSC brings together stakeholders from across the system to lead and support a range of activities, as well as helping to shape their collective response in addressing significant public health challenges and reducing inequalities.

Oversight of the WSC is provided by COSLA and Scottish Government, with the learning from activities intended to help shape national policy, influence the response at a national and local level to emerging public health issues, and support ongoing reform of public health in Scotland.

The group is currently chaired by Angela Scott, CEO Aberdeen City Council and SOLACE lead for Public Health. It’s membership is drawn from across the system with key partners including, but are not limited to

  • local and national government policy
  • Health Promotion Managers
  • Directors of Public Health
  • ISD/Health Scotland (soon to be Public Health Scotland)
  • Improvement service
  • Third Sector representatives
  • the Community Planning Network.

The Whole System Collaborative will lead by example, embrace varied and diverse experience, and encourage the adoption of new ways of working across boundaries in a way embodied in the WSC itself. Its current work plan includes

  • implementing the Whole System Approach (WSA) and testing new ways of working (early adopters)
  • gathering and sharing the learning from early adopters
  • capacity building focused on applying WSA
  • building capacity across the system to understand and exploit the public health contribution
  • influencing policy development to support WSA.

The ultimate aim of the WSC is to actively promote and deliver whole systems working and achieve effective change, helping to create a Scotland where everybody thrives.