The College supports the following statement by the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland:

FPH in Scotland, having welcomed our formal and informal involvement in the Scottish Government Public Health Reform process, have today published a statement on public health reform in Scotland.

There have been many strengths of the public health function in Scotland, and the implementation of a new national public health organisation for Scotland, as well as the ongoing process of public health reform creates many opportunities to further build on these strengths.

Recognising financial constraint, the statement focusses on ways in which the existing specialist services can be deployed most effectively, and where further development of the specialist function will be essential to addressing national public health priorities.

The full FPH statement can be found here

The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) will establish a new national public health body – Public Health Scotland - by the 1st April 2020. As a partnership between national and local government, Public Health Scotland will position itself uniquely in the wider public sector landscape to provide leadership to enable and support local and national bodies to work together to improve health and wellbeing in communities.

According to Public Health Reform, Public Health Scotland will:

  • Provide strong public health leadership and be Scotland’s lead national agency for improving and protecting health and wellbeing.
  • Support the rest of the public health system with high quality, effective and supportive health improvement, health protection and health care public health functions and with leadership roles in research, innovation and the public health workforce.
  • Lead in a collaborative way and adopt a whole system approach which will support and enable others to take action together across organisational boundaries and in communities.
  • Have a clear focus on supporting local partnerships and communities through the innovative use of intelligence, data and evidence.
  • Provide advice and support to national and local government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

Paul Gillen

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