An NHS fit for 2043

13:30 - 14:45

By 2043 the burden of disease in Scotland is forecasted to increase by 21%. In this session, Public Health Scotland (PHS) will outline the trends that are driving this growing demand on health and care and will discuss how understanding and addressing these challenges is key to improving sustainability in the short, medium and longer-term.  

PHS believes prevention and collaboration across the whole system will be essential in response to tackling, poor health, health inequalities, and a changing population. 

Delegates will hear more about the work being done to support NHS Scotland to embed prevention in the current recovery and renewal approach, and consider what more can do in the medium and longer-term.   

The session will also focus on two areas of work where PHS is working on primary prevention, with a focus on improving outcomes for children and young people.    

Delegates will hear how PHS are working with Police Scotland and Edinburgh Futures Institute on a challenge-led approach to preventing children and young people engaging in risk taking behaviour. 

PHS are also working in partnership with Education Scotland and Headteachers to adopt a Public Health Approach to Learning.  


Paul Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Scotland

Paul has a wealth of public sector leadership experience, becoming CEO of Public Health Scotland in March 2023 following a career in Scottish Government, where he was a Director General since June 2015.

Dr Diane Stockton

Head of the Clinical, Health Intelligence and Research Division, Public Health Scotland

Diane’s roles have included Director of Public Health Sciences in NHS Health Scotland, co-director of the Scottish Public Health Observatory and principal investigator for the Scottish Burden of Disease Study.

Eileen Scott

Public Health Intelligence Principle, Public Health Scotland

Scott Heald

Director of Data and Digital Innovation, Public Health Scotland

Scott leads the directorate responsible for the collection, access and use of data to derive insight and drive innovation in how we protect and improve health.

Gary Ritchie

Police Scotland

In his current role, ACC Ritchie is responsible for developing new approaches to working with other public services to achieve better outcomes for communities.