We are a founding member of the Place and Wellbeing Collaborative (formerly the Spatial Planning, Health and Wellbeing Collaborative) progressing closer working between public health and place.
Representatives from the Improvement Service, Public Health Scotland, Directors of Public Health, Heads of Planning Scotland, COSLA and Health Improvement Managers are combining our expertise and evidence to:
- articulate the evidenced aspects of every place that enable health and wellbeing into a set of Place and Wellbeing Outcomes and embed them into place-based decision making. Develop a set of Place and Wellbeing indicators to monitor delivery of the Outcomes and undertake ongoing generation of evidence that supports them.
- promote the role of the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes as anchors for system change as embedded in the Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme.
- combine our evidence and expertise to inform national policy on the need for the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes to be given consistent national support when assessing the impact of plans and policy on place and wellbeing.
- promote the value of the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes when delivering places that support Scotland's 20 minute neighbourhood ambition. This includes undertaking rapid scoping assessments with City of Edinburgh Council, North Ayrshire Council and Argyll and Bute Council on the impact of policy in shaping places for wellbeing.
- embed and broaden links between planning, place and health practitioners. Scoping out the feasibility of Public Health Scotland becoming the consultation authority on population health matters, to support turning evidence on delivering healthy places into practice.
- consider best practice in progressing the requirements in the Planning Act for Health Impact Assessments, an existing example is one prepared by NHS Lothian for the Bangour Village Hospital site.
More information on the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes can be found in this Briefing Paper.
For further details on any of the above contact Irene Beautyman, Place and Wellbeing Partnership Lead.
A new briefing Place and Wellbeing: integrating land use planning and public health in Scotland has been developed by the Place and Wellbeing Collaborative.
The briefing raises awareness of the impact that the places where people live, work and play have on their health and wellbeing. It provides practical guidance for land use planners, public health practitioners and policy makers to work together, using a whole systems approach to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. It introduces land use planners to the public health system and public health professionals to the planning system and outlines a number of key opportunities for more integrated working to realise shared ambitions.
Introduction to the links between land use planning and public health, and the briefing developed by the Place and Wellbeing Collaborative.
We held a webinar to introduce the briefing and the opportunities for collaboration that it is designed to support. Presenters included:
- Susan Rintoul, Planning for Place Project Officer at the Improvement Service
- Emma Doyle, Health Improvement Manager for Place at Public Health Scotland
- Margaret Douglas, Co-Director of the Edinburgh University Master of Public Health Programme, Honorary Consultant in Public Health at Public Health Scotland and Chair of the Scottish Health and Inequalities Impact Assessment Network
- Gary Templeton, Strategic Planning and Development Manager at Moray Council
For those interested in the importance of place as a working approach to delivering national outcomes around improved wellbeing and inclusive growth.
Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme
The Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme is a joint delivery partnership between the Improvement Service and Public Health Scotland. This forum is for those interested in our work supporting the role of place to reduce inequality and improve the wellbeing of people and planet.