Health and Social Care Directorates

The 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 Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director-General of the Scottish Government's Health and Social Care Directorates is Paul Gray.

There is a direct relationship between Ministers and the Directorates, but this relationship is not consistent across the Government as there is often no direct read across to Ministerial portfolios from DGs. The activities of these Directorates are under the purview of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. She is assisted in this work by the Minister for Mental Health and the Minister for Public Health and Sport.


The current Directorates are:[1]

As well as responsibility for the regional health boards of NHS Scotland, the Directorates also have responsibility for:

There are 6 chief professional officers:[2]


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.[3] In December 2010, the functions of the Health Directorates were taken on by the Health and Social Care Directorates.

See also


  1. "Directorates". Scottish Government. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. "Health and Social care: About us: How we are structured". Scottish Government. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  3. "Scottish Government (structure diagram from 2007)" (PDF). Scottish Government. April 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2016.

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