What we think

We’re proud to do policy-focused work that aims to give everyone the best chance to live a healthy life, no matter who they or where they live. On this page you’ll be able to read our recent position statements which tell you what we think on a number of different issues. You’ll also be able to read consultation responses which we’ve developed in collaboration with our members to help inform policy development in a way that puts public health at the heart of the narrative.

Healthy Lives Fairer Futures

A call to action from the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland, Healthy Lives, Fairer Futures sets out some of the actions we believe should be taken to address health inequalities for best effect in Scotland. The priorities within the document are very challenging, mostly requiring concerted action across society as a whole, as well as government action.

Position statements and consultation responses


Commission on Alcohol Harm (2020)

Priorities for Action on Alcohol in the 2018 Strategy (2018)

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Wales (2017)

Children and Young People

30-hour Free Childcare Entitlement: Department for Education (2016)

Climate and Health

Greener NHS consultation response (2020)

Permitted development for shale gas exploration (2018)

Inclusion of shale gas production projects in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime (2018)

Defra: Air quality: draft Clean Air Strategy (2018)

Raynsford review of planning (2017)

Local action to mitigate the health impacts of cars (2016)

Traffic congestion in London: London Assembly Transport Committee (2016)


Introducing further advertising restrictions of products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV and online (2019)

Position Statement on Salt (2018)

Folic acid fortification of flour (2018)

Defra: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment (2018)


Gambling (2018)

Healthy Homes

APPG Healthy homes and buildings (2017)


Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan - Proposals for possible changes to legislation (2019)

Briefing on the NHS charging regulations for overseas visitors in England (2018)

NHS England: Developing the long term plan for the NHS (2018)


Advancing our Health - Prevention in the 2020s - Faculty of Public Health response to consultation – October 2019

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Terms of Reference consultation submission (2017)

Suicide prevention in England inquiry: Health Select Committee (2016)

Public Health System

PRSB consultation on a core information standard for local health and care records (2019)

National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care: a consultation about priorities (2019)

Embedding Sustainable Development in UK Public Health Training - UK Public Health Registrar Sustainable Development Network (2018)

The National Planning Policy Framework (2018)

Position statement on public health research (2018)

Exceptionality for funding panels

Public Services

Transport & Health (2018)

London mayor's draft transport strategy (2017)

TfL’s role in promoting better health in London: London Assembly Health Committee (2016)


Scottish Government: Prohibiting smoking outside hospital buildings (2020)

Public Health Reform in Scotland (2019)

Children (Equal Protection from Assault)(Scotland) Bill (2019)


The impact of tobacco laws introduced between 2010 and 2016 (2019)