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Alcohol Brief Interventions

NES Health Improvement negotiated a service level agreement with Health Scotland to support the ongoing education and training requirements of NHS Scotland to deliver on the ABI HEAT Target (H4). See the Alcohol Brief Interventions section for more info.

Child Healthy Weight

The Scottish Government set the NHS in Scotland a target to deliver healthy weight interventions to 19,493 children aged 5-15 years and defined as overweight, between April 2008 and March 2011. This was known as the HEAT H3 target for Child Healthy Weight Intervention Programmes,

In response to the HEAT 3 target, all local NHS Board areas had a child healthy weight intervention programme.

As each Health Board is providing a unique service delivered through a range of staff, NES supported NHS Health Scotland to develop national educational responses to Health board's educational requirements.

Training on Raising the Issue of Child Healthy Weight was identified as a shared need across Health Boards and a training course was developed and delivered across Scotland.

NES also contributed to Skills Active and NHS Health Scotland in the development of National Occupational Standards for Healthy Weight, which provided a benchmark of competences, skills, knowledge and behaviour for those delivering HEAT H3 interventions and the wider healthy weight workforce. NHS Health Scotland also produced a Healthy Weight Workforce Development Plan for 2009-2011.

Further Information

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Midwifery 2020

In 2009 the Health Improvement Team supported the Public Health Workstream for Midwifery 2020 (external link).

The Public Health Workstream defined the focus and scope of the work to be undertaken and developed three sub groups to work in parallel with each other to in order to complete this work. The work of the sub groups involved:

  1. Commissioning a literature review to examine the public health role of the midwife;
  2. The development of a Public Health pathway for midwives considering the public health message and impact on pre-conception, conception, pregnancy and birth;
  3. Setting out the Public Health component of a midwife's role and recording these skills and competencies in line with the Skills for Health Public Health Skills and Career Framework (pdf).

Four tables, defined by nine levels of competence and knowledge, were developed for use by those who practice or participate in midwifery or public health and by any organisation where midwifery or public health roles are required. They are specific to:

  1. Midwife with strategic responsibility in the field of public health
  2. Midwife with added responsibility in the field of public health
  3. Midwife
  4. Maternity Care Assistant (i.e. a support worker who has undertaken specific training in maternity care)

The competency tables can found in the appendix of the Midwifery 2020 Programme, Public Health Workstream, Final Report (2010) (pdf).

Health Improvement Educators

In 2009 a Health Improvement Educators event organised by NES and NHS Grampian was held to establish if there is a need to develop a network of work-based educators who support the health improvement agenda within the wider health improvement workforce in Grampian. The day also provided an opportunity to share and explore educational resources and educational approaches to support the health improvement and health inequalities agenda.

We compiled the discussion notes from the event into a Health Improvement Educators event report (pdf).