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Step Count Challenge

17/10/2017 Dig out your favourite walking shoes, the Paths for All Step Count Challenge is back!

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The Step Count Challenge begins on Monday 30th October. Over four weeks, teams of five will track their daily steps, go for lunchtime walks together and take part in weekly activities for the chance to win prizes. The aim of the challenge is to encourage people to be more active during the working day.

Get your team together, choose a winning team name, and get ready for a fun and active autumn.

Visit http://stepcount.org.uk/ to find out more and register!

Hermeneutic Phenomenology Methodology Course

11/10/2017 RGU School of Nursing & Midwifery are hosting a Hermeneutic Phenomenology Course and Symposium. This is a joint venture between the University of Central Lancashire and Robert Gordon University. The course is aimed at postgraduate research students, researchers, postgraduate supervisors, and other academics working within health and social care areas who are new/novices in this theoretical and methodological approach.

During the 5 day course from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th April 2018 at Robert Gordon’s University, participants will receive an introduction to, and beginning experience in, designing hermeneutic phenomenology studies, collecting and analysing data, and reporting themes, qualities and patterns.

Click here to download the information leaflet

For queries please contact: Heather Nicolson at h.nicolson@rgu.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1224 262651 or visit the website www.rgu.ac.uk/hp-event-2018

Care about Physical Activity (CAPA)

10/10/2017 The Care Inspectorate has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to lead the ‘Care…about physical activity (CAPA) improvement programme’. Working with eight partnerships across Scotland, the programme will run until October 2018 and the CAPA team will build on the skills, knowledge and confidence of social care staff to enable those they care for to increase their levels of physical activity and move more often. Social care staff will also discover ways to be more active themselves.

The following partnerships are involved in the programme: Aberdeenshire, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, and Stirling & Clackmannanshire.

For information and updates visit the website at http://hub.careinspectorate.com/improvement/care-about-physical-activity/

 Funding Opportunities – Greener Spaces, Better Places

10.08.2017 In a bid to improve outdoor spaces for the benefit of whole communities, Stewart Milne Group has launched its “Greener Spaces, Better Places” campaign.
Stewart Milne Group is looking for run-down, neglected or simply unused open spaces which would benefit from a green make-over. Projects could include a local park which needs more grass or plants, the building of allotments or an open space which could be transformed from a concrete wasteland into a colourful, tranquil oasis in the heart of a community.
Click here to download the entry form
Greener Spaces, Better Places aims to encourage greater bio-diversity in communities through the introduction of new plants, flowers and trees which attract more species of wildlife and to promote a sense of community spirit by bringing people together to work on the make-over and get a taste for gardening.
The deadline for submission of nomination forms is 8th of September 2017. Completed forms should be emailed to greenerspaces@bigpartnership.co.uk
More info: http://www.stewartmilnehomes.com/greener-spaces.aspx

Community Engagement Fund to Reopen

Scottish Natural Heritage is giving organisations another opportunity to apply for funding for projects helping communities make the most of their local greenspaces. It supports organisations who want to employ staff or contractors to work with communities to encourage them to make better use of their greenspace or to develop proposals on how it could be improved. This can be for the whole community or for particular target groups. We want people to value, use and enjoy their greenspaces, and through this to feel happier, healthier and better connected to their communities. We expect this to lead to inequalities in health and opportunity being reduced, and an increase in how people value and understand what nature does for them. Green Infrastructure can also help people develop skills and have the confidence to seek and sustain jobs.
More info: https://www.greeninfrastructurescotland.org.uk/news/community-engagement-fund-reopen

New Facebook page for Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society

26.05.2017 The Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society( http://www.med-chi.co.uk/ ) have a facebook page to attract a wider audience.

To promote, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/AberdeenMedChi

Paths for All’s Big Fit Walk campaign – June 2017

17.05.2017 Paths for All have a campaign which aims to inspire communities across Scotland to come together for a short walk in June to celebrate the benefits of being active. It’s about having fun and staying healthy, anyone can host or attend a Big Fit Walk during the month of June!

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To order your Big Fit Walk resource pack or download resources please visit: http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/bigfitwalk

Invitation to Health and Homelessness Discussion Forum and Workshop

09.05.2017 Shelter Scotland and Dundee University warmly invite to attend a Health and Homelessness Discussion Forum on Thursday 18th May at Pittodrie Stadium. Please see attached invite and programme for further details and booking information.

Invitation to Health and Homelessness Discussion Forum and Workshop

Health and Homelessness Discussion Forum and Workshop – Aberdeen Programme May 2017

This event is free to attend. Please contact Yvonne Gormley y.gormley@dundee.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Aberdeen EcoCity Awards 2017

02.05.2017 The EcoCity Awards recognise and reward local people for their efforts to make Aberdeen a more sustainable city. Members of the Environmental Policy Team in partnership with the Environmental Services Team, Energy Team, Transport Team and the Recycling Team, work together on the EcoCity Awards and invite submissions from individuals, community groups, schools, businesses, charities and other organisations.

The EcoCity awards are now open to entrants until the 31st August 2017.

Information on the actual awards is available here: Aberdeen EcoCity Awards 2017
Submitting an application for the award can been done here: Aberdeen EcoCity Awards 2017 – Application Form
There are new categories this year for businesses relating to resource efficiency and also a new category relating to energy efficiency within all sectors. Entries are open to individuals, organisations, community groups, schools, charities, businesses etc that operate within Aberdeen City.

Should you have any queries relating to the awards please direct them to Ecocity@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Global hepatitis report, 2017

27.04.2017 In May 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on viral hepatitis 2016–2021. The GHSS calls for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 (reducing new infections by 90% and mortality by 65%).

The report focuses on hepatitis B and C, which are responsible for 96% of all hepatitis mortality. It presents data along the five strategic directions (strategic information, interventions, equity, financing and innovation) – key pillars of the GHSS to facilitate monitoring of progress in countries, regions and globally, and to measure the impact of interventions on reducing new infections and saving lives between 2015 and 2030.

Visit World Health Organization website for more information

Regulation of cosmetic treatments begins as registration of independent clinics becomes law

27.04.2017 Scotland first country in the UK to begin regulating services that provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments. From 1 April 2017, as a result of new legislation, all independent clinics in Scotland are required to be registered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The regulation of independent clinics is the first stage in improving safety and care for the increasing number of people seeking non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.

Visit Healthcare Improvement Scotland website for more details.

Wanted – ActWELL Volunteer Lifestyle Coaches

25.04.2017  Breast Cancer Now are recruiting volunteers to be part of an exciting and innovative new project in Scotland.

They are currently recruiting volunteer Lifestyle Coaches in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen to join their team and support the delivery of the ActWELL trial.

To find out more about this role you can download our volunteer role profile (PDF) and volunteer information pack (PDF) or if you have any further questions please get in touch by emailing volunteerscot@breastcancernow.org or call 0131 226 0763.

ActWELL Volunteer Lifestyle Coaches

Invitation to Talk

19.04.2017 Stories, Computing, and the Politics of Health Care: Folklore Perspectives on Narrative from Paramedics to Anti-Vaxxers
Speaker: Professor Timothy Tangherlini, University of California, Los Angeles.
Hosted by: Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 6:30pm, MacRobert Building MR051, King’s College Campus.

For more information  Professor Timothy Tangherlini Talk Flyer

Registration for the NHSScotland Event 2017 is Now Open

18.04.2017 Registration is now live for the NHSScotland Event 2017, which is being held on 20 and 21 June at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow (formerly the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre). The theme of this year’s Event is ‘Working Differently Across Boundaries: Transforming Health and Social Care’.

Visit nhsscotlandevent.com for more information and to register your place at this event.

If you have any questions about the NHSScotland Event email nhsscotlandevent@gov.scot.

healthpoint and Smoking Advice Service (SAS) telephone number changes

07.04.2017  Ofcom has now taken the decision to withdraw all remaining 0500 numbers from the 3rd June 2017. In light of this decision the healthpoint and Smoking Advice Service are now using the same single number 08085 20 20 30 as of the 1st April 2017.

As of the 1st April to 3rd June anyone calling the old numbers 0500 20 20 30 or 0500 600 332 will hear the following message;
“the number you have dialled has changed, please redial using 08085 20 20 30.” After the 3rd June, anyone dialling a 0500 number will hear the number unobtainable (NU) tone.

Smoking Advice Service (SAS)

NHS Grampian healthpoint

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Annual Report 2015/16: Realising Realistic Medicine is available now.

15.03.2017  This report includes practical examples and shared learning from around Scotland showcasing the exciting work underway. Realistic Medicine puts the person receiving health and care at the centre of decision-making and encourages a personalised approach to their care. Its aims of reducing harm and waste, tackling unwarranted variation in care, managing clinical risk, and innovating to improve, are essential to a well-functioning and sustainable NHS.  A link to the report  – http://www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781786526731.

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CMO’s Annual Report 2015/2016 : Realising Realistic Medicine 

In addition to the national work, this includes a number of local examples (acknowledging these are at various stages of implementation) of work shared by colleagues/teams within Grampian in relation to implementing Realistic Medicine.

REALISING REALISTIC MEDICINE – Examples in Grampian PDF

AFCCT Day – Walking Football festival 11th March 2017

07.03.2017 The first ever AFC Community Trust Day at Pittodrie Stadium for the Aberdeen FC vs Motherwell match on Saturday 11th of March 2017. AFCCT_Day

To support AFCCT if you cannot attend the game could be to take part in the FREE AFCCT Walking Football Festival at Aberdeen Sports Village on Saturday 11th of March from 12.30pm – 2pm . This is completely free of charge, and you can either book a place by going through the ticket office, or you can simply turn up on the day.

Walking Football Festival Poster

6th Quality and Safety in Healthcare Event -June 2017

07.03.2017 NHS Grampian in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University are holding their 6th Quality Event on  Tuesday 13th June 2017 at Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Health Campus, Aberdeen.

For more information and booking form, Please click here 6th Quality and Safety in Healthcare Event

There are limited places available. Please send completed registration form by 7th April 2017 to: Quality Event 2017, Quality, Governance & Risk Unit, Foresterhill Lea, Foresterhill Health Campus, Aberdeen, AB25 2YL or email: carol.fraser8@nhs.net

Climate Week North East 18th-25th March 2017

03.03.2017 Now that most people understand that Climate Change, left unchecked, is a HUGE problem and that moving away from carbon fuels, over-consumption, excess waste, and carbon intensive habits is the only way to stop it, Climate Week will also be highlighting local action with an impact.

It turns out positive change may not come from national or global politicians, but instead from locals acting on what is necessary!

We need to do the work, and in return we will reap the benefits of clean air, clean land, more and better jobs, better (greener) environment…

What action are you going to take?

Climate Week North East Official Brochure and Poster

For more information visit: http://www.climateweekaberdeen.org/

Aberdeenshire Council Community Street Audit

01.03.2017 Join Aberdeenshire Council, make Aberdeenshire More Active, and Living Streets Scotland and have your say about local streets. They are holding a Community Street Audit considering local streets and spaces on Thursday 9th March at Inverurie Town Centre. Please get in touch and share your experience!

For more information Community Street Audit- Inverurie Poster

Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation

20.02.2017 NHS Grampian Chief Executive Malcolm Wright recently signed ASH Scotland’s Tobacco Charter. The Charter supports the Government’s “Creating a Tobacco Free Generation: A Tobacco Control Strategy for Scotland” with sets out actions to reduce smoking rates to fewer than 5% of the population by 2034. Public, private and third sector organisations, however large or small, are encouraged to sign it.
Malcolm said “This is in keeping with our aim of encouraging the whole health care community to work together towards reducing the harm caused by tobacco and, in particular, protect the current and future health of infants and children”.

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For more information about the Charter contact caroleannduff@nhs.net , Health Improvement Practitioner, Tobacco Control or visit http://www.ashscotland.org.uk/what-you-can-do/scotlands-charter-for-a-tobacco-free-generation/

Aberdeen City Multi-agency Guidance for people working with children and young people at risk of self harm

17.02.2017  This multi-agency guidance aims to support staff across all partner services to provide a caring and appropriate response to children and young people experiencing emotional distress and who may be at risk of deliberate self-harm or have thoughts of suicide.

Self harm

You can access the document here: Self harm booklet

New Facebook page for Aberdeen City Food Network(ACFN)

17.02.2017 Aberdeen City Food Network is a partnership of organisations and individuals involved in the provision of food skills/cooking courses in the city. It aims to better coordinate and grow the services and facilities throughout Aberdeen and provide information and support to trainers and others. ACFN really need some engagement to grow the page .

To promote, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/AberdeenCityFoodNetwork/

Crowdfunding available for local organisations in City

17.02.2017 The  Crowdfund Aberdeen campaign has now opened for pre-registration. Aberdeen City Council, Crowdfunder and organisations from across the region are working together to help people realise their full potential and make great ideas happen. Individuals, community groups and businesses are being invited to turn their ideas into reality through the launch of a new funding initiative.

For more information https://www.sbnn.co.uk/2017/02/09/crowdfunding-initiative-unlock-aberdeens-potential/

Substance Misuse Education Guidance 4th Edition(Consultation Draft)

15.02.2017 Aberdeen City Health Promoting School Substance Misuse Education Guidance 4th Edition – February 2017(consultation Draft) is now available.

Please click here for Substance Misuse Pack – 4th edition February 2017 *Consultation Draft*

Energy Saving Trust – sustainable transport support

15.02.2017 Funded by Transport Scotland, the programme has been set up to assist organisations across Scotland realise financial and CO2 savings. The first step is to have a free, bespoke Sustainable Transport Review which will give recommendations to help your organisation reduce the cost and carbon impact of current transport and travel arrangements, replacing them with new, more efficient alternatives, including plug-in vehicles where appropriate. Please complete and return the attached form as accurately as possible to provide us with background for your review. 

Please click here for Sustainable Transport Review Application Form

Travelling around Aberdeen after the AWPR opens –  Consultation goes live now

09.02.2017  Aberdeen City Council looking at how traffic and how people will move around Aberdeen after the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) opens, and how people also use the city at the moment. The online consultation to travelling around Aberdeen after the AWPR opens, please complete the survey questionnaire, for the transport project consultation which will run until 31 March 2017.
https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/planning/traveling-around-aberdeen-city-after-the-awpr-open

Paths for All Health Walk Leader training in Keith, Moray – 25th February

09.02.2017 A one day course that provides practical advice and training on how to lead a Health Walk safely and effectively
To find out more please click on the following link: Walk Leader training in Keith, Moray

Quality and Safety in Healthcare Event – 13th June 2017 Call for Oral and Poster Presentation Abstracts

03.02.2017 NHS Grampian in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University are holding their 6th Quality Event on Tuesday 13th June 2016 Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Health Campus, Aberdeen.
Call for Oral Presentation Abstracts
For more information please click on the link here: Call for Oral Presentations 2017
Please submit your abstract electronically to nhsg.ce@nhs.net by 12th February 2017.
Call for Poster Abstracts
Don’t miss this opportunity to raise awareness of your project, showcase your achievements, gain recognition, share best practice and make new contacts. Poster categories are based on ‘The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland’:

• Effective
• Person Centred
• Safe
• Quality

For more information please click on the link here:Call for Poster Presentations 2017
Abstracts must be submitted via email only to nhsg.ce@nhs.net no later than 5th March 2017

Register now for the 2017 Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge

03.02.2017  The Challenge is all about taking part and encouraging more people to try changing the way they travel. The Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge runs from 1 March – 31 March 2017.

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work by walking, cycling, public transport and lift-sharing. You can log your journeys for business too.

Anyone who works for an organisation in Scotland can take part.

It’s great fun and we’ll be giving out loads of prizes along the way. You can compete on your own or as part of a team. All you have to do is register and then start logging your journeys to get on the leaderboard.

To register and for more information: The Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge 2017

Consultation to assist the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership commissioning of Third Sector Alcohol & Drugs services

01.02.2017 An online consultation to assist the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership commissioning of Third Sector Alcohol & Drug Services has been launched today. It can be accessed at:
https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=148545127489
They are keen to hear your views on alcohol and drug services in Aberdeen City. Your answers to the 14 consultation questions will help shape how services work in future.
This consultation closes on the 24th February 2017. Respondents are free to answer as many questions as they wish or feel are relevant to them.
You can access the  hard copies of the survey(both Word & PDF documents) here:
ADP CONSULTATION 24 01 2017 pdf
ADP CONSULTATION 24 01 2017
There is also an open drop-in public event taking place:
23rd February 10.00am to 4.00pm
St Nicholas Room, Aberdeen Town House,
Union Street

New resource  ‘Alcohol and Later Life’

Alcohol and life24.01.2017 This leaflet is designed for healthcare professionals or carers who are taking a holistic approach to the health and wellbeing of an older person. No age range has been assigned to the older person as the advice contained within the publication is appropriate for any age group where health is impaired but is particularly relevant to the older adult who may be experiencing issues related to alcohol, food and medications.

You can access the leaflet here: Alcohol & Later Life

New HI-Net Health Campaigns Calendar for 2017

23.01.2017  You can now see all of 2017’s health campaigns on the new HI-Net Health Campaigns Calendar 2017.

You can access the calendar here: Health Campaigns Calendar 2017

Community Cycle Clubs

13.01.2016 Cycling UK worked with 81 community groups across Scotland during September and October 2016 to deliver the Big Bike Revival, a 6 week intervention aimed at encouraging people to cycle for everyday journeys.  Our intervention involved over 500 events and activities take place during these months. We would like to support more community organisations engage in cycling activity by developing Community Cycle Clubs. Some more information on Community Cycle Clubs and how to become one is detailed below.

What is a Community Cycle Club?

· Community Cycle Clubs are developed by Cycling UK to support existing groups and community organisations to deliver cycling activities that are open to all.
· Community Cycle Clubs offer activities such as led rides for beginners, bike maintenance and bike recycling. They provide a social environment to gain confidence and skills on a bike, improve fitness and have fun!
· Cycling UK provides support tailored to their needs through access to equipment, training, insurance and advice. They are part of our UK wide network of community clubs, cycling groups, and thousands of individual members that support people from all backgrounds to access cycling.
· Community Cycle Clubs are created by working closely with established community groups so that cycling activities can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of local people that have already come together for a common purpose.

Why become a Community Cycle Club?
There are many benefits to becoming a CCC, some of which are listed below;

Dedicated Development Officer time offering knowledge specific to region and local authority area
Access to free training and development opportunities (First Aid Training, Cycle Ride Leader Training and Trail Side Repair Training from Feb-April)
Free Cycling UK Affiliation worth £75 with subscription to monthly Cycle magazine, newsletters, shop discounts etc.
Free starter pack for your Community Cycle Club including First Aid Kit, Multi-tool and other essential start up accessories.
Networking opportunities – Regional networking events taking place in Scotland in March 2017
Information and signposting to initiatives and programmes beneficial to your activities

If you are interested in becoming a Community Cycle Club or for more information, please contact:

Richard Bowman
Big Bike Revival Development Officer North Scotland
Cycling UK
Direct Line: 07887567361
Email:Richard.Bowman@cyclinguk.org
Web: www.cyclinguk.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CyclingUKScotland
Twitter @BBRScotNorth

UKPHR – Public Health Register

13.01.2017 UKPHR invites applications for appointment to one of UKPHR’s posts of Moderator.

Moderation is integral to the quality assurance of UKPHR’s assessment standards and processes.

For further information on the role description, person specification and how to apply, please click here.

For an informal discussion about the post please telephone 0121 296 4370 and ask for David Kidney or email register@ukphr.org

If you wish to apply to join the moderation team, please send in applications by 4.00pm on Monday 20th February 2017.

www.ukphr.org

New Comic Relief Funding Programme

12.01.2017  A new Comic Relief grants programme “Levelling the Field”, a UK and International initiative which seeks to use the power of sport to empower women and girls has been launched.

One of the aims of the initiative is to foster collaboration between the Women and Girls and Sport for Change sectors, and the initiative was developed following two consultation events to bring the sectors together and develop ideas. The consultation highlighted a number of issues that disproportionately affect women and girls such as lack of opportunities, gender stereotypes and social isolation. This programme has been designed to address those issues.

Further information, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives/levelling-the-field-uk and https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives/levelling-the-field-international

Please feel free to share this with your networks or anyone you think might be interested in applying.

Some key things to note:

· Proposals to this initiative will need to demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing female participation in sport.
· The application deadline is 16th March 2017 with shortlisting decisions in April and final decisions being announced in July.
· In the UK applications can be for between £30,000 and a maximum of £250,000, over a period of between 12 and 36 months. Grants could be a pilot for an innovative piece of work or the continued development of a proven piece of work. Funding is available for project delivery, research, or for a campaign.
· For the UK programme we will only accept applications from organisations working in partnership. The partnership must include a track record of working with women and girls, and using sport as a tool for change
Internationally, funding is available for work under Sustainable Development Goal 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) that takes place in Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Colombia and India. Applications are welcome for up to £150,000 over a period of 36 months. Applicants should have been registered for at least 3 years and have a turnover of at least £100,000.

Research Seminar Events Programme   January – June 2017

15.12.2016 RGU School of Nursing & Midwifery conducting Research Seminar Events Programme  from January 2017 -June 2017.

To find out more about January event, please click on the following link: Research Seminar Flyer Jan- 2017

For about more on other dates  Research Seminar Programme Jan- Jun 2017

Stroke Training Course/Study Days – 2017

30.11.2016 Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland aim to provide a learning environment where members of the Multi-Disciplinary team, from Health and Social Care sectors, may learn from both the content of the course and from one another. These courses are funded in partnership with the NHS and supported by NHS Grampian Managed Clinical Network for Stroke.

To find out more please click on the following link: Stroke Training Course/Study Day -2017

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