Public Health Scotland Consultation

News story posted: 28/05/2019

Public Health Scotland ConsultationThe Scottish Government, in partnership with COSLA, has published a six week consultation seeking views on Public Health Scotland and the necessary legislative changes that are required to establish a Public Health Scotland body.


Public Health Scotland’s role is to support and enable the wider public health system. Its success will be judged not just in terms of how well they are able to improve the health of the people of Scotland, but also in how it works collaboratively with partners, communities and the wider system.


The consultation will focus on a number of areas including:


  • Governance and accountability
  • Outcomes and performance
  • Functions and structure
  • Future relationships with the wider public health system


Public health reform is a partnership between Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). Scotland’s public health priorities, were published in the summer of 2018, and were the first milestone in the reform journey. The establishment of Public Health Scotland will be the next major milestone in reform.


Public Health Scotland will play a role in helping to make change happen, supporting activity against the priorities. It will provide independent advice and support to national and local government, local authorities the NHS and the wider public health system. Public Health Scotland will be Scotland’s lead national agency for improving and protecting health and wellbeing. The new organisation will launch on 1st April 2020.


The consultation is open until Monday 8 July 2019. You can respond to the consultation using the Scottish Government’s consultation hub, Citizen Space.


To have your say on how Public Health Scotland will work, follow the link below.


Take Part in the Consultation


For more information:


Scotland’s Public Health Priorities



If you have any questions about this survey, please contact




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