Effective provision of health and social care services is key to improving health outcomes in our communities. We support local, regional and national partners to:

  • understand the needs of their populations
  • ensure that services meet the health needs of their populations in a sustainable way
  • support the design and provision of forms of care and recovery that are focused on prevention

This includes working with:

  • Local authorities
  • Local health boards
  • Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs)
  • Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs)
  • Scottish Government
  • The third sector 


One of the drivers of Public Health Reform and the creation of Public Health Scotland was the Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services. The Christie Commission identified the need for public services to focus on prevention and early intervention, focus on the needs of their populations and work more collaboratively.

This shift towards prevention is recognised as necessary to ensure the sustainability of services in the longer term.

Our support to local partners includes:

  • providing information and intelligence on demand for, and use of, health and social care services through our suite of national statistics publications
  • providing HSCPs with the data analysis and information tools that will support their mission to design and provide forms of care and recovery that are focused on prevention and aligned with the 2020 Vision
  • increasing the availability of and access to fit-for-purpose information and intelligence about primary care in order to improve understanding of the important contribution that primary care makes to the delivery of health and social care in Scotland
  • providing local partners with on-site expert analytical support through our Local Intelligence Support Teams (LIST) to so that decision-makers have meaningful and actionable intelligence, leading to improved outcomes.

The Scottish Public Health Network

The Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) will undertake a number of key pieces of work in this area in order to facilitate information exchange between public health practitioners, forge links with other networks and share learning. This includes work on unscheduled care and a needs assessment of vulnerable women.

Last updated: 21 September 2022
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