Health and Social Care Directorates

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Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates are a set of directorates of the Scottish Government. They are responsible for NHS Scotland, as well as policies on the development and implementation of health and social care.

The acting Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General of the Scottish Government's Health and Social Care Directorates is John Connaghan.

There is no direct relationship between Ministers and the Directorates. However, the activities of these Directorates include those under the purview of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.


The current Directorates are:

  • Health Finance and Information Directorate
  • Health Workforce and Performance Directorate
  • Health and Healthcare Improvement Directorate
  • Chief Nursing Officer, Patients, Public and Health Professions Directorate
  • Chief Medical Officer, Public Health and Sport Directorate
  • Health and Social Care Integration Directorate
  • Children and Families Directorate[1]

As well as responsibility for NHS Scotland, the Directorates also have responsibility for:


The Scottish Executive Health Department (SEHD) was created in 1999 from the former Scottish Office Health Department (SOHD) (previously part of the Scottish Office Home and Health Department). The separate departments in the Scottish Government were abolished in 2007 and replaced with Directorates. In December 2010, the functions of the Health Directorates were taken on by the Health and Social Care Directorates.


  1. ^ "Directorates" Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011.

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