More about Community-led health

Community-led health focuses on the community as making change happen rather than seeing the community as needing changed. This makes it different from community-based health services which involve people in health initiatives that have already been designed.

Community-led health is often carried out by local community-led organisations which support people to:

  • recognise and organise around issues of common concern
  • work together on those issues
  • work within values of equity and inclusiveness
  • influence and transform public policies and services
  • identify community assets and build on these

A community-led approach to health improvement is now a significant feature of health improvement policy and practice. A strong and resilient community-led health sector is included in NHS Health Scotland’s strategic priorities for 2017-2022.