Planning for health in Scotland – a regional approach

Andrew Monahan

04 June 2019


In order to assist NHS Scotland’s commitment of new arrangements for the regional planning of services, the HFMA have summarised the current regional plans together with shared learning experiences from recent developments of integration in the NHS in England.

In December 2016 the Scottish Government set out its programme to further enhance health and social care services in Health and social care delivery plan. The plan included a commitment to put in place new arrangements for the regional planning and delivery of services.

Since then the territorial NHS boards have been working together in three regional groups, North, West and East, with the national special health boards forming a fourth working group. They have been designing and developing regional plans, setting out how services will evolve over the next 10 to 15 years in line with the National clinical strategy and the Scottish Government’s triple aim of ‘better care, better health and better value’.

This briefing paper provides the context of the current position of the NHS in Scotland, outlines the objectives for each regional group and offers learning from the integrated working evolving across areas in the English NHS.


Planning for health in Scotland – a regional approach

June 2019 (PDF 416KB)