The Civil Service
The civil service helps the government of the day develop and implement its policies as well as deliver public services. Civil servants are accountable to ministers, who in turn are accountable to Parliament.
The Permanent Secretary is the most senior civil servant in Scotland and leads more than 7000 staff within the core Scottish Government and has oversight of around 125 agencies.
The government is structured into a number of directorates and their related public bodies. Directorates and agencies are managed by directors-general.
Permanent Secretary and directors-general
- Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate
- Chief Economist Directorate
- Culture and Major Events Directorate
- Economic Development Directorate
- Energy and Climate Change Directorate
- Environment and Forestry Directorate
- Fair Work, Employability and Skills Directorate
- International Trade and Investment Directorate
- Marine Scotland Directorate
- Chief Medical Officer Directorate
- Chief Nursing Officer Directorate
- Digital Health and Care Directorate
- Health Finance, Corporate Governance and Value
- Health Performance and Delivery Directorate
- Health Workforce, Leadership and Service Reform Directorate
- Healthcare Quality and Improvement Directorate
- Mental Health and Social Care Directorate
- Office of the Chief Executive NHS Scotland
- Population Health Directorate
- Primary Care Directorate
- Social Care and National Care Service Development
- Vaccines Strategy and Policy Directorate
Non-executive directors (NXDs) support the Permanent Secretary, directors-general and other senior managers in the leadership of the Scottish Government.