Dr Gregor Smith

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

Gregor is a GP and former Medical Director for primary care in NHS Lanarkshire. He began working for Scottish Government as a medical adviser in Primary Care in 2012 as part of the negotiating team for the Scottish GP contract, subsequently leading the development of a new quality framework for General Practice in Scotland. He was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer in 2015 and alongside Realistic Medicine leads on a broad range of professional activity where he is a passionate advocate of person-centred approaches to care. This remit also includes working in partnership with a number of organisations outside healthcare, such as Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission to promote exercise in green spaces, to raise awareness of the health benefits of spending time outdoors.

As a keen runner and cyclist, he believes getting outside in the great outdoors can help improve people’s physical, mental and social health. He is a Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow and Salzburg Global Fellow and is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of University of Glasgow.

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