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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.

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Scottish Health and Social Care Plan

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The Scottish Government has published its Health and Social Care Delivery Plan which emphasises an approach based on anticipation, prevention and self-management through creating a culture where health behaviours are the norm. In 2017, a new delivery plan will aim to reduce inequalities in physical activity across Scotland. In 2019, an NHS Physical Activity pathway will be embedded in all appropriate clinical settings to ensure that hospitals routinely support staff and patients to be more active, in schools to create quality activity opportunities and in the community through the delivery of 200 Community Sports Hubs. The full delivery plan can be accessed from the link below:


Cashback for Communities funding now available

Last Updated: 6/15/2016

Applications for latest Cashback for Communities funding now available.


Unicef Report Card Explores Child Inequality

Last Updated: 4/20/2016

Unicef’s latest Report Card, Fairness for Children, explores the inequality gap facing children in rich countries.

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Physical Activity and Inequalities

Last Updated: 3/6/2013

This briefing paper looks specifically at physical activity and heath inequalities.


Scottish Health Survey Topic Report 2011 - Equality Groups

Last Updated: 11/13/2012

The Scottish Health Survey topic report on equality groups has been published. The report includes data on health behaviours and health characteristics broken down by the following equality groups: gender, age, ethnic group, religion, disability and sexual orientation.


Inequalities in Young People's Health.

Last Updated: 3/31/2010

This international report is the fourth from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study (a WHO collaborative cross-national study) and is based on the results from the 2005/06 HSBC study.


Scottish Physical Activity Data Sources

Last Updated: 12/9/2009

Describing and understanding the health of Scotland's population and the factors that shape it is essential to improving health and reducing inequalities. It enables good design of actions, targeting of resources and assessment of the impact of programmes and policies.

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Addressing the Socioeconomic Determinants of Healthy Eating Habits and Physical Activity Levels Among Adolescents

Last Updated: 10/19/2009

This case study report from ten countries focuses on health behaviours of school children.

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Are people in Scotland becoming more active? Combined results from Scotland’s routine national surveys

Last Updated: 9/7/2009

This report provides an assessment of long term trends (1995-2006) in compliance with the recommendations for physical activity amongst adults aged 16-64 in Scotland.

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