Implications and opportunities of the Community Empowerment Act for community-led health organisations

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent on 24 July 2015. This CHEX briefing highlights some of the main opportunities and implications that the Act is likely to create for community-led health organisations. 

The briefing outlines the provisions in the Act. We then suggest some implications for community-led health organisations.In summary, these include:

  • Improved partnership working between community-led health organisations and statutory partners.
  • Increased ability of community-led health organisations to influence, and contribute to, both the decision making by public authorities and the design and delivery of public services.
  • More options when it comes to taking control of local land and buildings.

Download the CHEX briefing

Community Health Exchange

CHEX is short for Community Health Exchange. We promote and support community-led health -where local communities identify the issues that are important to them and organise to take collective action to address these issues and improve their health. 

Paul Gray, Director General Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland:

Video below not working?
Your browser may not meet the minimum requirements to view YouTube videos. Please refer to this document for more information.

If you are a local group or organisation in Scotland working to improve the health of your community, or if you are in the statutory sector supporting this type of work, you can register with us for information, advice, networking and training opportunities.

Find out more about CHEX and our network of local community-led health organisations by selecting from the buttons below, or for more about what we do, use the menu on the left.


 image discription 

  What is community-led health?

Want to know more about community-led health? Watch a short clip of our film 'The Picture of Health' below featuring some of the local organisations CHEX supports.  


Video below not working?
Your browser may not meet the minimum requirements to view YouTube videos. Please refer to this document for more information.

 *further chapters of the film can be accessed here along with subtitled versions*

 Contact us

youtube page  facebook link



Latest news
and events

RSS news
  • Public health review published

    The report from last year's public health review consultation has been published by the Scottish Government. It recommends that a new public health strategy should be drawn up to help to focus efforts to make Scotland a healthier place.

  • Strengthening Communities funding for local organisations

    The Scottish Government has detailed 40 organisations which will continue to receive Strengthening Communities Programme funding over the next year.

  • More Communities at the Centre

    In our latest case study publication we present in-depth information of five organisations from the CHEX network. As well as the narrative of what these organisations do and the impact they have we have mapped the activity of each organisation onto the Community-led Health Logic Model.

  • View all news

Mailing list sign-up

You can sign up to CHEX's mailing list for information on training events, seminars, conferences and supporting materials...

Associated sites

 SCDC logo
NHS Scotland logo

       Go straight to our HIIC section:

                HIIC logo

scnCommunities Channel logo

 Voice Logo

leap logo