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Launch of the iHub Improvement Fund

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The grant making function of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s (HIS) Improvement Hub (ihub), is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 Improvement Fund. The Improvement Fund launched for the first time in September 2016 and received a high level of interest, with grants awarded to a variety of projects ranging from pharmacists working with people who are homeless to helping provide remote support to people with multiple sclerosis. More information about all of last year’s successful projects can be viewed on their website . This year’s criteria has been adapted and the process based on the learning and feedback received in the first year. The Improvement Fund has £200,000 to award in financial year 2017-18 and applicants can apply for grants between £5,000 and £75,000. Applications will be accepted between Friday 1 to Friday 22 September 2017 from Health and Social Care Partnerships, Integration Authorities, Local Authorities, NHS Territorial Boards (that is those working at a local level), third sector organisations (for example charities, voluntary organisations), not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises), health or social care providers (that are not national public sector bodies or private providers) and housing organisations. The Expression of Interest form is now available on the website in advance of the application period being open. Projects will be funded that: • design and test new solutions that have the potential to lead to sustainable measurable improvements and/or spread ideas that have already been tested and demonstrated impact • are ready to go and have a senior organisational sponsor • have a plan to actively share learning locally, regionally and/or nationally • will have a direct impact on service users within a 12–15 month funding period • contribute to the delivery of the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes, and • contribute to the delivery of local integration priorities and strategies and the reducing inequalities agenda.

guidance

Physical activity and the environment (update): Draft guidance consultation

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The NICE Physical Activity and the Environment Update Guideline is now out for consultation. The consultation closes on 02 October 2017 at 5pm and the documents can be downloaded from the weblink below:

policy

A Nation with Ambition - The Government’s programme for Scotland 2017-18

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The Scottish Government has launched its Programme for Government 2017-18 which sets out the actions it will take in the forthcoming year. A Nation With Ambition outlines the Scottish Government’s commitments to tackling the challenge of poor public health with new initiatives to reduce obesity, boost active travel, improve mental health and tackle air pollution. It plans to build an Active Nation, boosting investment in walking and cycling and putting active travel at the heart of our transport planning. Actions will include: • making towns and cities friendlier and safer spaces for pedestrians and cyclists by increasing investment that supports active travel from £40 million to £80 million per year from 2018-19 • appointing an Active Nation Commissioner to ensure delivery of world-class active travel infrastructure across Scotland • stepping up promotion of the use of electric bicycles to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from active travel • delivering projects which help older people benefit from our network of walking and cycling routes. Download A Nation with Ambition below:

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2017 European Week of Sport

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The European Week of Sport takes place between 23rd and 30th September and aims to support and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. The week is based on a key message to be active, using grassroots initiatives to inspire people to take part in regular activity and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to be happier and healthier through physical activity. Three themed days will take place: • Saturday 23rd: Outdoors - A focus on the benefits and use of green space to get active. • Sunday 24th: Sports Clubs - Open days and taster sessions to increase participation at local clubs. • Monday 25th - Mindful: A focus on the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing. To be part of the week you can register your event and use the promotional material supplied to help promote your event. Read more

policy and implementation

The Daily Mile to be rolled out beyond schools in Scotland

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

All Scottish schools are being encouraged to take part in the Daily Mille and the Scottish Government is encouraging schools, nurseries, colleges and universities across the country to join in to make Scotland a Daily Mile nation. Currently, around 800 Scottish primary schools take part in the initiative which encourages people to walk, jog or run a mile every day. It is now being rolled out beyond the school sector.

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Step into a healthier workplace this autumn

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

Paths for All have launched their autumn Step Count Challenge, which begins on Monday 30th October. For four weeks, teams of five from workplaces across Scotland will make a change by walking more, tracking and recording their daily step count, and taking part in weekly challenges with the chance to win prizes. Using their own pedometers, mobile apps and fitness trackers, participants enter in teams of 5 and record their steps whilst increasing their activity levels by walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, and using the stairs rather than the lift. Everyone taking part records their daily steps on an online user account, where they can also share comments with their team and track the team's progress on a leader board. Paths for All has been running the challenge for five years, and over this time more than eight and a half billion steps, equal to almost four million miles, have been recorded. During this year’s spring challenge, over 963 teams, consisting of 4,663 participants, took part. People who took part in the spring challenge commented that “It was great fun, got me away from my desk every lunch time!” and “It was extremely enjoyable, and was a great initiative that helped bond our team together”. The outcome is the challenge makes a difference to people’s health. The University of Edinburgh carried out research into participants’ physical activity levels before and after the challenge. They found that those taking part walked over one and half hours more and sat for six hours less each week*. You can register now and purchase pedometers for your workplace at:

funding

Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The launch of a second round of funding under the Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund is approaching! The new application round will be launched in October 2017 for projects to be completed by December 2019. A call for expression of interest is now open. An information sheet and EOI forms are now available for download. For more information, please see the LCTT Challenge Fund website below. A series of events will be hosted to provide you with an opportunity to hear more about the key features of the LCTT Challenge Fund and a chance to discuss specific questions. If you wish to take part, please follow the links to register.

report

The National Walking and Cycling Network in Scotland helps increase physical activity say nearly 80% of users

Last Updated: 9/8/2017

A new report on Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network shows almost four fifths of users believe that the network of paths helps them increase their physical activity. Over half (52%) stated that the existence of Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network allowed them to actively travel on foot or by bike rather than taking the car. Read the full story here:

events

Cycle to work day - 13th September

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Join thousands of others cycling to work on 13 September. Whether you're commuting by bike for the first time or you already ride to work on a regular basis, it's time to get ready for joining in the UK's biggest one-day celebration of cycling to work. Pledge your ride below and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win some amazing prizes.

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Digital Mapping for healthier and greener communities

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Ordnance Survey has released a new map feature to enable people to find greenspaces in Britain. The new layer of maps lets users find different places for leisure and recreation across England, Scotland and Wales. The map will help users discover public parks, playing fields, sports facilities, play areas or allotments. This new resource is Britain’s most comprehensive catalogue of accessible places.

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Active Travel Champion Project

Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Sustrans are currently inviting applications from organisations interested in joining Sustrans Scotland's Active Travel Champion project. If you’re based at a workplace site in Edinburgh or Glasgow with 200 or more employees, Sustrans want to hear from you! Applications are open until 12 noon Tuesday 12th September 2017. For full details of the project offer and application requirements, please see the project Application Pack below:

funding

Lets change that competition

Last Updated: 8/31/2017

To celebrate the launch of Corra Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief are running a competition.. There are three categories each with a prize of £1000 each for one-off ideas to support one of the below goals: Place - People coming together to create positive change within their local area. Children & Young People - Children and young people leading change that makes a difference to their lives. Sport -Enabling the use of sport to support positive change. Entry is via a creative video or photograph. More information and all the FAQ's can be found below:

funding

Interested in helping young women enjoy sports and physical activity?

Last Updated: 8/18/2017

Spirit of 2012 has recently announced it is accepting applications for the Legacy 2014 Sporting Equality Fund This £300K fund is aimed at community groups which are looking to work with girls and young women who are not currently physically active but want to become active. For more information please click on the link to the fund below. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2017.

resource

Power Inequality

Last Updated: 8/17/2017

A short web-based animation on Power as a health and social justice issue has been developed through a collaboration between Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and NHS Health Scotland. This builds on Health Scotland’s work on the theory and evidence relating to power as a fundamental cause of health inequalities and GCPH’s work on community engagement and empowerment. We hope that this animation is useful to people working in the public and third sectors to increase understanding of the importance of power in shaping social and health inequalities and encourage them to consider how they can help support communities to have more power. This is particularly timely as plans to implement the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act are developing. The animation is a tool that can help stimulate further discussion about the opportunities that the Act brings to share power more equally in communities across Scotland. This resource is freely available online and can be accessed through the link below.

news article

Teaching aids push active lifestyle to mark third Commonwealth Games anniversary

Last Updated: 8/15/2017

Teaching materials to encourage an active lifestyle are to be unveiled to mark the third anniversary of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. Called the "Thrive tool kit", it will be promoted at six roadshows across Scotland by a group of ambassadors who encourage physical activity. This toolkit will be publicly available and will contain teaching materials and resources to allow as many people as possible to benefit from the learning gained from Legacy 14 projects. The Toolkit can be accessed from the link below:

case study

New Green Ways to Health Case Study

Last Updated: 7/19/2017

The latest case study from the NHS Greenspace Demonstration Project has been published by the Green Exercise Partnership on developments at New Craigs Hospital Inverness. The full case study can be accessed via the link below:

case study

Health Walks are helping to reconnect the Highlands

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

Walking for Health project, Step It Up Highland have added two new case studies to their growing series. Both highlight how Health Walks play an important community development role helping people living in rural areas to become more active and socially connected. Case study 11 - Tackling social isolation Mallaig area Walking Group explains how the weekly Health Walk in Mallaig, Morar and Arisaig has brought people together. Rotating each week between the three areas gives everyone an opportunity to visit new locations. Car sharing is popular, along with a visit to a local café at the end of the walk. One 86-year-old walker said, “I am so much more confident now in my ability to walk and have discovered the joy of using walking poles. I would never have done this without the security of a led walk in the company of others.” Read more below:

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New World Health Organisation Centre for Physical Activity and Health

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the University of Zurich as the new WHO Collaborating centre for Physical Activity and Health. They will support the implementation of the Physical Activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025. Over the next four years, the centre will seek to promote physical activity beyond the traditional provision of information, placing an emphasis on reaching people through supportive living environments. This includes doctors and health professionals, urban and traffic planning to support the everyday promotion of physical activity.

clinical practice guidelines

NICE Guideline on Physical Activity and the environment (Update)

Last Updated: 7/13/2017

The economic plan, review protocols and search strategies for this NICE guideline have now been published on the project documents web page which can be accessed below. This information is published for transparency, and to enable stakeholders to prepare for consultation on the draft guideline. The consultation on the draft guideline and its supporting evidence is due to start on 21/08/2017.

award scheme

Nominations for the UK Honours Birthday 2018 List are now open

Last Updated: 7/13/2017

A huge number of individuals, both volunteers and staff, contribute significantly to sport in Scotland. It is important that these individuals can be recognised for the contribution they make to the vibrancy and diversity of sport in Scotland. This is your opportunity to nominate the most worthy individuals within your sport and your community for a UK Honours Award! The Scottish Sports Association (SSA), the independent and collective voice of Scottish Governing Bodies of sport, our members and the Scottish Government are working in partnership to identify and recognise the individuals who make a real and innovative difference to sport in Scotland. We are particularly looking for those who have made a difference to club and community sport, and need your help to identify and nominate these individuals from within your community. Nominations for the UK Honours Birthday 2018 List are now open and close on 7th August. Full details of criteria and processes can be found on the website below:

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