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Improving Scotland's Health

This Cross-party group's purpose:

To take a solutions-oriented focus on how to improve the health of the people of Scotland primarily by reducing the health harms caused by alcohol, tobacco, poor diet and obesity and

To join up knowledge and learning, and to identify positive ways forward, with a range of stakeholders committed to improving public health and to preventing and reducing non-communicable diseases for the next generation.

Next meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

This meeting will be held virtually at 12.30pm and will include the AGM. Anyone wishing to attend must contact Anna Cowan.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Sheila Duffy


Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Choudhury, Foysol

Foysol Choudhury


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Harper, Emma

Emma Harper


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Whittle, Brian

Brian Whittle


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Briggs, Miles

Miles Briggs


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Cole-Hamilton, Alex

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Edinburgh Western (Constituency)

Duncan-Glancy, Pam

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

FitzPatrick, Joe

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Dundee City West (Constituency)

Nicoll, Audrey

Audrey Nicoll


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Aberdeen South and North Kincardine (Constituency)

Non MSP Individuals

Kenneth Anderson

Laura Andre

John Iain Broom

Christina Buckton

Simon Capewell

Laurence Gruer

Colwyn Jones

Peter Rice

Sue Whittle


Alcohol Focus Scotland - secretary

ASH Scotland - secretary

Abertay University


Association for Nutrition

Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership

Befriending Networks

Breast Cancer Now

Breastfeeding Network

British Dietetic Association

British Heart Foundation Scotland

Big Lottery Fund Scotland

British Medical Association Scotland

Cancer Research UK

Centre for Global Development, University of Aberdeen


Children’s Health Scotland

Children in Scotland

Church of Scotland

COPE Scotland

Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health

Crew 2000 (Scotland)

Cycling Scotland

Faculty of Public Health in Scotland

Families Outside

Fife Alcohol and Drug Partnership

Food Standards Scotland

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (NHS)

Glasgow Council on Alcohol

Group for Research on Inequalities and Tobacco (GRIT), University of Edinburgh

The Health Agency

Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Homes for Scotland

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

Local Licensing Forum, Argyll & Bute Council

Mental Health Foundation

Mentor Scotland

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

NHS Lothian

NHS Tayside

Nourish Scotland

Obesity Action Scotland

Paths for All

Public Health Scotland

Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland

The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen

Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Scotland

Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Royal Environmental Health institute of Scotland

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

ScotCen Social Research

Scottish Cancer Foundation

Scottish Drugs Forum

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)

Scottish Obesity Alliance

Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN)

Scottish Recovery Consortium

Support in Mind Scotland

University of Aberdeen

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Stirling

Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS)

West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service

Young Scot