GD25 Helen Zealley, Lothian Health Board Director of Public Health, 1964 - 2005

Collection Summary


Reference Code: GB239 GD25

Title: Dr Helen Zealley, Lothian Health Board Director of Public Health

Administrative Dates: 1964 – 2005

Dates of Creation of Material: 1964 – 2005

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 15 shelf metres. Paper and single object.



Name of creator(s): Zealley | Helen Elizabeth | Doctor | b. 1940 | Lothian Health Board Director of Public Health.

Administrative history: Dr Helen Zealley was the Director of Public Health (DPH) - also known as the Chief Administrative Medical Officer (CAMO) - of Lothian Health Board (LHB), which later became NHS Lothian. Her papers were collected or created before and during her role as CAMO/DPH, from 1988 until she retired in 2000. Helen Zealley worked during many challenging periods for LHB, reflected in papers relating to a financial crisis in the early 1990s and initiatives to combat the high rate of HIV infection in Edinburgh.

Archival History: In the custody of Helen Zealley prior to accession.

Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer:Acc00/049; Acc01/052;Acc 14/026. Dr Helen Zealley.



Scope and Content: Management and strategy files including staffing and health promotion, 1964-2005; finance, cost and funding files including LHB financial crisis and implementation of Option 2 cost-cutting measures, 1989-2000; medical specialism files including HIV/AIDS, 1964-2000; and non-role specific files including personal papers, 1989-2000.

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: Appraised for duplicates and unrelated material in accordance with gift agreement and LHSA policies.

Accruals: No further accruals expected.

System of Arrangement: Original order retained where possible with the advice and approval of Helen Zealley.



Conditions Governing Access: Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the current Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records holding sensitive information concerning named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding closure periods and procedures on how to apply for permission to view closed records.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition.

Language/Scripts of Material: English

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: paper, object with mixed materials (dictaphone).


Finding Aids: Item level catalogue available online.



Related Units of Description:

LHB2 Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals, Board of Management

LHB42 Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Unit

LHB43 Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS Trust

LHB16 Public Health Department of the City of Edinburgh

LHB37 Lothian Health Board

LHB45 Lothian Health Board HIV/AIDS Management Team and Health Promotion Department

GD24 Lothian Regional AIDS Team



Archivists’ Notes: Compiled by Clair Millar. Updated by Louise Williams.

Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000.

Date(s) of Description: Jan 2015; Apr 2016.