Archive of completed policy reviews

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NHS Health Scotland may evaluate new policy interventions that have the potential for a whole population effect (e.g. legislation, fiscal measures, regulations) as well as established Health Improvement strategies for future and associated implementation. 

In these circumstances, NHS Health Scotland coordinates the policy review process, on behalf of the appropriate policy body within the Scottish Government, and appoints an independent, expert review panel to conduct the review and make recommendations for the future. Below there is a list of policy reviews we have completed over the years.

Smoking in Public Places
Comprehensive smoke-free legislation was successfully introduced in Scotland on 26 March 2006. NHS Health Scotland commissioned a further series of major research projects designed to provide comprehensive before-and-after information about the effects of the Smoking Ban. To find out more about the background and read the reports go to  Smoking in Public Places (2005-2011).

Physical Activity Policy Review
Scotland’s national strategy for physical activity Let’s make Scotland More Active (external link) was launched in 2003. A national review of the strategy evaluated the progress and the results are accessible below:

The background of the review can be found on Physical Activity Policy Review (2003- 2010)

Review of the National Programme for Mental Health & Wellbeing (2001- 2003)
Scotland’s National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing waslaunched in 2001 and its aims were to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Scotland and the quality of life and social inclusion of those who experience mental health problems.

The purpose of this independent review of the National Programme was to examine progress in achieving the aims set out in the Action Plan (between 2003–2006), to assess its influence and impacts, and to arrive at conclusions that could inform the future direction of policy on mental health improvement in Scotland. You can access the Executive Summary and the final report below:


Review of the Scottish Diet Action Plan (SDAP) – 1996-2005 
The report examines the progress, impacts, success and challenges that arose from the 1996 Scottish Diet Action Plan.

Understanding Public Health Policy – International Comparisons
A review was commissioned to undertake a review of public health policy in a range of developed countries. The aim was to identify policies, evidence and interventions which could be used to improve the health of the people of Scotland.

Phase one report- Learning from International Comparisons (2003)

Phase two reports - Priority topics for Health Improvement (2005):

Updated 2 September 2014

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