NHS Health Scotland is the national agency for improving Scotland's health. We are a 'special health board' part of the structure of the National Health Service in Scotland and our strategic objectives are to:
- enhance understanding of Scotland's health and how to improve it
- contribute our expertise to policy-makers
- lead the delivery of health improvement programmes
- disseminate evidence, learning and good practice
- establish practical arrangements for working with NHS Boards and other key partners
Our staff are drawn from a broad range of professional backgrounds. These include: health promotion, public health, medicine, nursing, the behavioural sciences, research specialists, training managers, topic specialists, health information specialists, librarians, information managers, publishing specialists, graphic designers, advertising and PR professionals, project managers, administrators, HR managers and finance managers.
The organisation has four directorates: Equalities and Planning; Programme Design and Delivery; Public Health Sciences and Resource Management. NHS Health Scotland also includes the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives. Together we provide professional leadership and support for specific aspects of the health improvement effort in Scotland.