Health Inequalities

Key Contact

Dr Linda Leighton-Beck

In this area please find information on programmes and relevant documents related to health inequalities.

Fairer Scotland Duty

Interim Guidance for Public Bodies

A 2-page distillation/ briefing paper is available here

The new duty came into force in Scotland from 1 April 2018. It places a legal responsibility on public bodies  to actively consider how they can reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socioeconomic disadvantage. The duty applies at strategic level. This will normally include decisions around setting priorities and targets, allocating resources, and commissioning services. Scottish Government has  published interim guidance available above.

Locality Plans – Rough guide for inclusive transformation

Locality Plans identify local priorities which contribute to the achievement of Scottish Government’s nine national outcomes for health and wellbeing. This Rough Guide is a working document providing practical steps to ensure – and assure – inclusive services. In providing a range of information, our intention is to encourage you to look through it, take comfort that you may have many elements of good practice in place, are unlikely to have all good practice in place, and to focus colleagues and partners’ efforts on those areas where there is less certainty or consensus that current practice approaches good or best practice.

Click here to view the Locality Plans – Rough Guide for Inclusive Transformation

Easy steps: Health inequalities impact screening in policy and planning

The paper below sets out the simple steps you can take to ensure your policy, programme or practice is screened for its impact on health inequalities. This enables you to pinpoint any areas in which you may require to take further action.

In addition, an example of a completed screening for impact of health inequalities is attached. This was undertaken in 2018 by the Project Director and team for the Baird Family Hospital and Anchor  Centre Project to be located at the Foresterhill Health Campus, Aberdeen.

Easy steps – Health Inequalities Screening in Policy and Planning

Example of a completed impact screening for Health Inequalities

Making every Opportunity Count (MeOC)

For more information about MeOc, please visit the MeOC Webpage

Easy steps to assess your contribution, or your team’s, or partnership’s contribution to addressing health inequalities

Health and Social Care services have an important opportunity to help patients to access support and advice to tackle some of the social issues that may affect their health. This can range from routine opportunities as a clinician, to those which can be taken by a Department or by the wider organisation. This new resource – developed with local teams and service managers – by NHS Ayrshire and Arran can support individuals, teams and partnerships to look – systematically – at what can action they can take. The resource was informed by the Marmot report ‘Working for Health Equity: The Role of Health Professionals’ (UCL Institute of Health Equity, March 2013)

 Keep Well

For more information on Keep Well, please visit the Keep Well Webpage.

Community Justice, Health and Wellbeing

For more information on Community Justice, please visit the Community Justice, Health and Wellbeing Webpage.

Deprivation in Grampian: from SIMD 2012 to SIMD 2016

For more information on Deprivation in Grampian, please visit the Deprivation in Grampian: from SIMD 2012 to SIMD2016 webpage

Health Traffic Lights 2015

For more information on Health Traffic Lights, please visit the Health Traffic Lights Webpage.

Healthy Working Lives

Health Inequalities Indicators


NHS Health Scotland Knowledge Services

Health Scotland Briefings

Inequality Briefings 2015/2016

  1. Health Inequalities: What are they and how do we reduce them?
  2. Good Work for All
  3. Economics of Prevention
  4. Place and Communities

Tackling health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities in Grampian

Gender Based Violence

For more information about Gender Based Violence, please visit the Gender Based Violence Webpage.


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