Help shape the new body for public health in Scotland
June 4, 2019
The Scottish Government is consulting on the proposals for a new national public health body in Scotland, to be known as ‘Public Health Scotland’. Communities Channel Scotland encourages community organisations to submit a response in order to help ensure the new body is set up to recognise and support community-led approaches to health and wellbeing.
NHS Health Scotland provides a good overview of what public health is all about on their website.
Given that public health focuses on prevention and determinants of health, community organisations clearly has an important contribution to make. Any work that supports people and communities to identify, organise around, and address their own priorities can be seen as contributing to public health.
The current consultation is part of wider public health reform in Scotland. In 2014, the Scottish Government established the Public Health Review to come up with recommendations on how public health in Scotland could best respond to the emerging health challenges. One of the recommendations was that a single public health body for Scotland should be set up. You can find out more about these recommendations and how they are being taken forward on the review’s website.
The consultation opened on the 28th May 2019 and closes on the 8 July 2019.
Visit the consultation here https://consult.gov.scot/public-health/public-health-scotland/