Aberdeenshire Wellbeing Network – Developing Capacity

Main Contact

Susan Forbes
Health Improvement Officer – Strategy
Telephone: 01224 665269
Email: susan.forbes3@nhs.net
Working days: Wednesday afternoon, and all day Thursday and Friday

About Work

Improving health and reducing health inequalities require the contribution of many partners and the engagement of our communities. Partnership working is key to addressing the wider determinants of health and more specifically health inequalities. This is recognised and reflected in the Aberdeenshire Single Outcome Agreement 2013 – 2023 between Scottish Government and the Community Planning Partnership (CPP).

Local Capacity Building Work

Working with Community Planning Partners
  • Reducing Obesity Aberdeenshire Community Planning Workshop 2012:
    Presentations and report available from ‘A fitter, slimmer and healthier Aberdeenshire population’ event on 6th September 2012. A brief about the event is now available here.
  • Reducing Obesity Workshops with Elected Members 2013
    A series of 3 joint area committee workshops took place during 2013 to raise awareness of obesity in Aberdeenshire and what elected members can do to help address the issue.
Developing Effective Practice Training

Improving Health Developing Effective Practice (IH: DEP) is a course developed by Health Scotland and is aimed at raising awareness of the health improvement model. Participants will explore the concepts of health improvement and health promotion and discover how the health improvement agenda relates to their current role in the workplace. The course can be delivered over 6 days and there is now an option of a half day session. IH: DEP is ideal for supporting HPHS CEL 14 as it provides a health improvement context for a range of health professionals who will be working to meet its requirements. Currently in Aberdeenshire CHP there are trainers available to deliver the 6 days training and a Grampian wide approach is being taken forward to deliver the training.

A Guide To Improving Health and Reducing Inequalities 2011-2015

A Guide to Improving Health and Reducing Health Inequalities in Aberdeenshire 2011-2015 was completed in June 2011. The Guide highlights Aberdeenshire’s approach on how to work in partnership between agencies and communities to improve health and reduce health inequalities in the current restricted financial climate. It is well linked with the National and local strategic context of health improvement, namely Equally Well 2008, NHS Grampian Health Plan 2010-2013, Aberdeenshire Single Outcome Agreement along with the Aberdeenshire Community Plan 2011-2015 and Local Community Plans.

The Guide provides a wide range of information useful for multi agencies, for example: a rationale for the Scottish Government recommendation of taking an integrated multiagency outcome focused approach to health improvement planning; evidence to support working with priority groups to reduce health inequalities; information on demography, health data, rural deprivation and isolation. It also provides the seven key priority areas of work that include: reducing inequalities in health; early years; mental health and wellbeing; tobacco; alcohol and other drugs; healthy eating active living; capacity building.

The document, which builds on the achievements of work delivered by the two previous Joint Health Improvement Plans, is relevant for those working in strategic and operational settings, such as Community Planning Partners.

Health Inequality Impact Assessment

The Health Inequality Impact Assessment (HIIA) is a tool that aims to strengthen the contribution of policies and plans to reduce health inequalities by improving equity of access to the intervention, ensuring non-discriminatory practice and acting on the social detriments of health. In recent years, there has been recognition by the Scottish Government of the value of using HIIA as a key element to help improve health and reduce health inequalities.Work to investigate the use of HIIA with CPP partners is ongoing.

For more information, please contact Susan Forbes: susan.forbes3@nhs.net


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