Aberdeen City Council and NHS Grampian have invested in joint funded posts for a number of years. Initially these posts were intended to lead on the development and delivery of Health Promoting Schools initiative. Two health improvement officers (HIO) were appointed in 2004/5 to continue this work in order to support schools in achieving their HPS status by December 2007. The HIO role has changed slightly over the years due to the execution of Schools (health promotion and nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007 and the high profile of H&WB found within the Cirriculum for Excellence framework.
In Aberdeen City there is now one part time HIO and one full time Assistant HIO who offer support to schools on all aspects of health and wellbeing.
Contact details & Delegated ASG responsibility
Central South ASG’s – Cults, Grammar and Hazelhead
- Elaine McConnachie (HIO – Mon, Tues, Wed) 01224 846772, firstname.lastname@example.org
South ASG’s – Torry/Kincorth and Harlaw
Central North and North ASG’s – Bridge of Don, Bucksburn, Dyce, Old Machar, St. Machar & Northfield
- Rachel Thompson (AHIO – Full time) 01224 846772, email@example.com
The HIOs support a network of Health Promoting School coordinators where both national and local up to date information, is shared and disseminated. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please contact your local HIO/AHIO.
In addition to this, a Health Promoting Schools GLOW page is available. The GLOW page is regularly updated with information about new resources, presentations, support services and examples of good practice.
In 1998, ten Health Promoting School packs were produced – Becoming a Health Promoting School Core Pack and nine health topic packs. Every school in Grampian was issued with these ten packs.
The nine health topic packs recommend a ‘whole school approach’ to drugs, alcohol, smoking, food and health, mental health, HIV and sexual health, physical activity, accident prevention and oral health and focus on the formal curriculum, informal curriculum and links with the wider community.
These packs are currently being updated in line with Curriculum for Excellence.
Completed packs are available on GLOW under Curriculum support/Health and Wellbeing.
- Food in Schools Pack.
- Substance Misuse Pack
- Relationship, Sexual Health and Parenthood Pack
Food Policy Guidance -Aberdeen City
- KNOW MORE Project – Parental Substance Misuse Information (2016)
- Smoking Prevention / Tobacco Control in Local Authority Educational Settings(Updated November 2016)
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