Places for Health: Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Safe Communities

This event will examine how we can work across sectors – health, housing, community planning and regeneration - to design and sustain good quality places to live and work that support our health and wellbeing.

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Creating safe places that nurture health is central to the public health agenda  

In June 2018 the Scottish Government published the Public Health Priorities for Scotland, which emphasised the value of creating good places that nurture health, and enable us to create vibrant, healthy and safe communities.

There are undeniable links between inequality and health, and life expectancy in the least affluent areas can differ up to 28 and 25 years respectively for men and women. Subsequently, inequality and the quality of the places we live is also connected – with only a third of households in the most deprived urban areas of having good access to natural environment or wooded area in their neighbourhood.

Creating healthier places is a priority for many sectors – local authorities, health boards, social care, community planning and regeneration and housing – and we need to work together to reduce health inequalities and improve our standard of living.

Join Holyrood on 25 October as we examine how we can improve Scotland’s health, empower people and communities and adopt a partnership approach to improve public health.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Empowering communities to be at the heart of decision-making
  • Working with local people to create and maintain places that are beneficial to health, wellbeing and quality of life
  • Integrating health, housing, environment, transport and community planning to improve outcomes and support sustainability
  • Understanding how data can assist our understanding of communities, and using this a springboard to make more informed decisions

Confirmed speakers

  • John Howie, Organisational Lead - Health Equity (Place), NHS Health Scotland
  • Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Ivan Clark, Planning Team Manager, Scottish Natural Heritage 
  • Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland
  • Celia Nyssens, Policy Manager, Nourish Scotland 
  • Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland 
  • Kim Hartley Kean, Head of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (Scotland) 
  • Charlie Cumming, Chief Executive, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust
  • Ruth Wyatt, Community Projects Officer, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust
  • Julie Procter, Chief Executive, Greenspace Scotland

Agenda

09:15    Registration and Refreshments

09:45    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Tom Freeman, Assistant Editor, Holyrood Magazine 

09:55   Session 1: Understanding Places and Health

09:55 The Place Standard

  • Summary of the relationship between place, empowerment, well-being and inequalities
  • Introduction to the Place Standard Tool
  • Current delivery, achievements and future plans

John Howie, Organisational Lead - Health Equity (Place), NHS Health Scotland

10:15   Natural Capital, Health and Wellbeing

  • The evidence base linking natural capital health to human health
  • The particular environment related health challenges facing Scotland
  • Towards 'Living Cities' - new framework for delivering nature and well being in Scotland's towns and cities

Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust

 10:35   Developing a Green Health Strategy for NHS Lothian

  • Developing a strategic framework for greenspace and health
  • Towards a health promoting health service - the NHS estate as a green-health asset and greenspace as our natural health service

Julie Procter, Chief Executive, greenspace scotland

10:55    Questions and Discussion

11:30    Refreshments and Networking

11:50   Session 2: Designing Healthy Spaces

  • Making sustainability a priority for local planning and development.
  • Involving communities in the decision-making process
  • Working in partnership across sectors to achieve healthy spaces
  • Using data to create and sustain healthy places

11:50 Green Infrastructure and Healthy Places

  • Planning for healthy places at a range of scales

Ivan Clark, Placemaking Team Manager, Scottish Natural Heritage

12:10 A Caring Place: Using Placemaking to Tackle Ageing Population Challenge   

Architecture and Design Scotland is focussing on the town centre as a Caring Place to explore opportunities for bringing together care and placemaking to tackle the challenges of the ageing population through:

  • supporting increased provision of a range of quality housing suitable for older people’s needs in town centre locations
  • supporting delivery of services and environments that accommodate older people’s health and social care needs
  • improving the quality of proposals commissioned by public sector clients

​Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland

12:45   Interactive Roundtable Discussion 

Delegates will be given the opportunity to reflect on learning from the morning and identify the key challenges that their organisations are facing. Through discussions with others in the room, we would like you to share learning around how we can work together to create healthy spaces. The issues raised will be used to inform the remainder of the day.

13:15   Lunch and Networking

13:50   Session 3: Sharing and Learning from Good Practice

13:50   Feedback from Roundtable Discussions

14:00   Sharing Examples of Good Practice

A series of case studies will examine how organisations are approaching the issue of healthy places and the positive results they have had through various programmes.

14:00   New Housing: A Transport Health Check

  • Policies to promote healthy and sustainable transport choices
  • Making walking and cycling easy lessons from five major housing developments
  • Adopting best practice on healthy transport choices in new housing

Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland

14:20 Communication Inclusion for Healthy, Vibrant and Safe Communities

Presentation of evidence and thoughts on:

  • Experiences and outcomes of communication exclusion
  • Communication inclusion in Scotland’s communities
  • Becoming a communication inclusive nation
  • Questions, reflections and discussion welcome

Kim Hartley Kean, Head of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (Scotland)

14:40   Delivery Of Out & About Using Greenspace in South Edinburgh

  • Charlie Cumming will provide an overview on how ELGT address health and social inequalities using greenspaces.
  • Ruth Wyatt will showcase an example in practice – Out & About in South Edinburgh

Charlie Cumming, Chief Executive, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust

Ruth Wyatt, Community Projects Officer, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust

15:10 Improving Places Through Food, and Food Through Places

Where does food sit in the creation of ‘places for health’? And how do ‘places’ influence our food choices and options – for better or for worse? Celia will address these questions by looking at examples of good and bad practice, presenting the evidence available, and exploring how Scotland could solve its difficult relationship with food through quality place-making. 

Celia Nyssens, Policy Manager, Nourish Scotland

15:30    Questions and Discussion

15:55    Closing Remarks from Chair

16:00    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635
Dates
25 October 2018

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