Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Society Meeting in Scotland

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Society Meeting in Scotland

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The Society hosted a dinner in Edinburgh to strengthen links with members in Scotland at the end of October last year. MSPs and Government officials attended, together with members and officers of Health Scotland and the NHS Boards, leading health professionals, and representatives of voluntary organisations and pharmaceutical companies.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), Roche Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim Limited kindly sponsored the event.

In welcoming everybody to the dinner, RSPH President, Mr Andrew Banfield OBE, said that The Society was keen to work more closely with its membership across the United Kingdom. The event was the first of a series intended to forge better links between Society Members and other health professionals and decision makers. It was hoped that this would further enhance the impact The Society was now having on improving public health. Since there are over 300 Members and Fellows in Scotland, it was important to develop the means by which they could relate effectively to the work of The Society.

The guest speaker at the dinner was Mr Andy Kerr MSP, the Minister for Health and Community Care in Scotland. Mr Kerr's contribution to improving health in the country was recognised by The Society when he was awarded the gold medal at the Annual Awards Ceremony in June 2005.

Mr Kerr was introduced by Mr Paul Madgwick FRSH, The Society's Chairman, who said that the policy work of The Society was now heavily involved in working at a strategic level with external stakeholders, across the UK governments and internationally, to inform public health policy, service development and legislation where relevant. He reminded everyone that The Society had also set up a policy forum, which allowed Fellows and Members in Scotland to comment by e-mail on issues of public health concern.

In his address, Mr Kerr reviewed the background to how priorities for action on health in Scotland had been identified. He discussed the successes to date and outlined some of the major challenges in the future. …

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