Keynote Session 3: Public Health in Scotland – Response and Recovery from COVID-19

Reflecting on the challenges presented by the last year of responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, this session will explore the successes and achievements in public health and will consider what needs to be retained to re-mobilise and embed a world class public health system.

Dr Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer, and Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, will present their reflections of the pandemic and outline key priorities and ambitions for the future.


Gregor Smith

Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government

Gregor is a GP and former medical director for primary care in NHS Lanarkshire. He began working for Scottish Government as a medical adviser in Primary Care in 2012 as part of the negotiating team for the Scottish GP contract, subsequently leading the development of a new quality framework for General Practice in Scotland.

Maree Todd MSP

Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, Scottish Government

Maree Todd grew up in the West Highlands, attending Ullapool High School and then studying pharmacy and prescribing at Robert Gordon's and Strathclyde.

Pennie Taylor

Chair, NHS Scotland Event 2021

Pennie Taylor is an award-winning freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health and care issues.