Health Promoting Health Service (HPHS)

Key Contact

Imran Arain HPHS_logo_green
Health Improvement Practitioner- Advanced (Public Mental Health & Health Promoting Health Service Lead)
01224 558482

HPHS Summary

Health Promoting Health Service (HPHS) is a settings-based health promotion approach which aims to support the development of a health promoting culture and embed effective health improvement practice within NHS Grampian. Working closely with Hospital colleagues we will improve and develop public health policy and practice within the hospital environment. The underlying principles of this approach are equity, participation, empowerment and sustainability. These principles fit well with the key ambitions of the Quality Strategy: person centred, effective and safe.

Our approach follows national guidelines and aims to; influence the physical hospital environment, enhance clinical care for patients and support NHS Grampian staff health and wellbeing. However, we are going a step ahead to collaborate with wider sectors linking them to hospital settings for example; the ‘healthpoint’, ‘Healthy Working Lives’, ‘Making Every Opportunity Count’ and ‘Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust’ are being collaborated to link hospital staff and patients with community settings to consider how patients and services can be supported in tackling wider social determinants of health. Although this will be a small scale piece of work, it may generate interest and develop new methodology in addressing health inequalities. We believe this link is fundamental to tackle health inequalities rather than only focusing efforts on lifestyle behaviours.

HPHS working groups

There are now six working groups in place which support the HPHS steering group to implement various actions. These are the;

  • Acute Sector Tobacco Group
  • Healthy Working Lives Group
  • Royal Cornhill Hospital HPHS group
  • Social Marketing and Training and Development Group
  • HPHS Food and Health Group
  • HPHS Working Group at Dr Grays in Elgin

Current Programmes

  • HPHS Social Marketing Campaign
  • HPHS Training and resources
  • HPHS Royal Cornhill demonstration projects

More programmes will follow in the near future.

HPHS Project Evaluation

All HPHS led projects and activities are evaluated according to the agreed format and plan. Currently Grampian Hospital Arts Trust is supported to evaluate the health and wellbeing impact of art at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). The HPHS lead could offer technical support in designing, developing and evaluating any HPHS related projects.
For further details please contact Imran Arain on

Project Development Support

If you have an idea or want to bring health improvement activities to your department, please contact Imran Arain for further support and help on

Related Links

  • Case Studies
    HPHS case studies from NHS Health Boards across Scotland.

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