Health Improvement

Welcome to NHS Dumfries and Galloway's information page on Health Improvement. We hope you find the page useful and welcome any suggestions for improvement

What we do

Health is more than the absence of disease. Good health is a combination of many different factors including mental, emotional, physical and social wellbeing.

Our main functions in health improvement are to, protect good health, to prevent ill health and to promote better health for the people of Dumfries and Galloway

We know that many different things can affect health including social, environmental and economic factors. There are health inequalities in our society; people who are less well off and are classed in lower socio economic groups tend to have poorer health than those in the higher socio economic groups. NHS Dumfries and Galloway are committed to reducing these health inequalities.

We work with multi agency partners including education, social services, police, prisons, voluntary organisations and communities and across sectors (statutory, private and third) to develop projects, programmes and services to improve health.

Local Teams

There are four Local Health Improvement Teams, one based in each Local Health Partnership. The local teams are based in Annan, Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Stranraer.

The key aim of the local teams is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people living and working in the localities by taking forward initiatives and work programmes, based on local needs, and to contribute to reducing health inequalities.

Contact details of the Local Health Improvement Teams are available of their individual pages. 


Directorate of Public Health awarded LGBT Charter Mark

We are delighted to announce that the Directorate of Public Health has been awarded the prestigious LGBT Charter Mark for the commitment it has shown to LGBT equality. The Directorate is the first within NHS D&G to achieve the Chartermark at a Directorate wide level. A programme of work and schedule of activity will be developed and implemented which will support the ongoing Chartermark status and link with the corporate equality and diversity agenda.

The LGBT Charter of Rights is a process which helps everyone in an organisation focus on the quality of services they provide for LGBT people.

Created by a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people, the charter is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It describes basic rights such as the right to be yourself, the right to be kept safe from harm and the right to be healthy, which most people take for granted.

If you would like to sign up for the LGBT Charter, you can find out more information at:  
or by calling 0141 548 8121

Regional Team

The regional Health Improvement team is part of the Directorate of Public Health and is based in Crichton Hall in Dumfries.

The aim of the regional team is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in Dumfries and Galloway by taking forward health improvement strategies and programmes of work across the region, contributing to reducing inequalities in health.