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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, December 6, 2023

The next meeting  will be our very first hybrid meeting and it will be held on Wednesday 6th December 2023 from 6pm - 8pm in The Smith Room T1.40-CR5.  The meeting will be held from 18:00-19:15 and there will be an opportunity for networking from 19:15 - 20:00

Registration is required for admission to the meeting, please contact the Secretariat if you have any problems registering, or if you are an MSP wishing to attend and be pre-registered. After registering you will receive a personalised Zoom link.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact the secretariat.


Involved in the group

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

Current Members

Foysol Choudhury


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Emma Harper


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Brian Whittle


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Edinburgh Western (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Non MSP Individuals

Kenneth Anderson

Laura Andre

John Iain Broom

Christina Buckton

Prof Simon Capewell

Prof Laurence Gruer

Colwyn Jones

Peter Rice

Sue Whittle

Harpeet Kohli


Abertay University
Alcohol Focus Scotland
Institute of Alcohol Studies
ASH England
ASH Scotland
Association for Nutrition
Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership
Breast Cancer Now
Breastfeeding Network
British Dietetic Association
British Heart Foundation Scotland
Big Lottery Fund Scotland
British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland
Cancer Research UK
Centre for Global Development, University of Aberdeen
Children in Scotland
Children's Health Scotland
COPE Scotland
Church of Scotland
Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health
Crew 2000 (Scotland)
Faculty of Public Health in Scotland
Families Outside
Fife Alcohol and Drug Partnership
Food Standards Scotland
Glasgow Caledonian University
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 & 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 Ayrshire& Arran
NHS Fife
NHS Highland
NHS Grampian HSCP
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
NHS Lanarkshire
NHS Lothian
NHS Shetland
NHS Tayside
Nourish Scotland
Obesity Action Scotland
Paths for All
Public Health Scotland
Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health 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
ScotCen Social Research
Scottish Cancer Foundation
Scottish Drugs Forum
Scottish Government
Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)
Scottish Obesity Alliance
Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN)
Scottish Recovery Consortium
Stirling & Clackmannanshire Health & Social Care Partnership
Support in Mind Scotland
University of Aberdeen
University of Bath
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Stirling
Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS)
Young Scot