Toolkit to help prevent health problems

The Health Improvement Team is pleased to launch a new toolkit that has been designed to help teams and staff who work one to one with people to promote health and wellbeing. The Prevention Toolkit explains what it means to work in a preventative way and gives practical steps that can be followed. Prevention is very important as 40% of all public sector spending is wasted on solving preventable problems. The Health Improvement Team can run workshops on the Prevention Toolkit; for more information or to arrange a date email

Prevention Toolkit May 2018 (final)


week beginning the 28th of May 2018 will see the launch of the Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund.

For 2018-19 we have £100,000 to support small scale health improvement and preventative projects. This year applications are invited to meet the theme– Physical Activity and/or Supporting Self Management of Long Term Health Conditions.

The guidance pack and application form can be accessed here :-HWF Application Guidance Pack 2018-19  HWF Application Form 2018-19 (2)

Details of how to apply are included in the guidance pack.

Local networks will set their own closing dates that will be notified in due course.

Please contact your co-ordinator for more information or click on the attachments to your right.

Please ensure that your application form is completed on Microsoft word and emailed to relevant coordinator.

S3 Health Drama Pilot Project 2017

As part of smoking prevention and health improvement for young people a multi disciplinary steering group was established to raise the profile of services and awareness of some of the most pressing health concerns facing young people in Argyll and Bute.

This important contribution to the health and wellbeing curriculum was successful for engaging young people and raising awareness of services and health issues. The project included:

  • commissioning a bespoke 60 minute drama to address issues affecting A&B young people
  • delivery of the drama to secondary schools, reaching all S3 pupils
  • production of a booklet for each pupil with exercises around support and resilience
  • delivery of Q&A session with service providers
  • production of 3 lesson plans to be delivered in schools

The full report can be found here:  S3 Health Drama Pilot Project 2017 Report

For further information please contact:

Creative Resilience … Creative Change. Booking now open

Oban Lorn & the Inner Isles Health & Wellbeing Network
Invite you to a one day seminar for leaders, senior managers and practitioners
Creative resilience …… Creative change
Thursday March 1st  9.30 am – 3.30pm in Kilmore & Oban Church Centre, Oban

Full detail below – booking essential    Eventbrite 


SEMINAR 2018 (FINAL)Workshops Detail 2018

Health and Wellbeing Day – November 2017

Stress Awareness and Stress Management workshop

Following a successful event in May 2017 on ACES, a Stress Awareness and Stress
Management workshop was held on the 9th November in Inveraray for all partners to attend. The workshop was well attended with 39 participants from a wide range of partners, including, HSCP, NHS, Council, TEC team, ABAT, Marie Curie, Family Mediation, Hope Kitchen, Helensburgh and Lomond Carers, Dochas Carers, LAAS, NFU, TSI, Skills Development Scotland and Hermitage Academy.

An evaluation of the day can be found here: Stress Awareness and Management Workshop 9 Nov 2017

A survey monkey was also sent out to all that  attended the day.
A brief report from the survey can be found here: Survey Monkey Results

Director of Public Health Annual Report Published

All directors of Public Health in Scotland publish an annual report. Hugo van Woerden is the Director of Public Health for NHS Highland and he launched his annual report for 2017 this week. The topic this year is Realistic Medicine. This may be a new phrase to some people and means  thinking carefully about the healthcare choices we make in terms of things like ethics, effectiveness, population demographics and finances.


Realistic Medicine has been described with the following six points:

  • Shared decision making with people receiving and delivering health and care
  • Building a personalised approach to care
  • Reducing harm and waste
  • Reducing variation in practice by staff and outcomes for people
  • Managing risk better
  • More improvement and innovation in health and care


The report can be found here and the Health Improvement Team will be out and about talking about it at meetings over the coming months. Join the debate about Realistic Medicine on our facebook page – Healthy Argyll and Bute

Health and Wellbeing Development Training Day 9th November 2017

We are very excited to announce our upcoming Health and Wellbeing Development Training Day.

The  Stress Awareness and Management Workshop will be held in Inveraray on the 9th of November from 10:30 – 15:30.

Further information can be found on the save the date flyer – Save the Date 09.11.17

Places for the day are limited and must be booked.

To register your interest please send us an email with:

Your name, post title, organisation, contact number, and if you any have access needs or dietary needs by the 20th of October.

Or you can fill in a booking form and email it to us – Booking form

You will then be notified on the 23rd of October if you have a place and details of the venue. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

All emails to


Health and Wellbeing Development Day – May 2017

The Health and Wellbeing Development Day took place in Inveraray on the 10th May and focussed upon Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Over 100 people attended and learned about the lifelong negative effects that having four or more ACEs can have.  Speakers from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers, NSPCC and the Citizens Advice Bureau gave presentations.  Workshops allowed participants to reflect upon these and pull together ideas of how to move this agenda forward in Argyll and Bute.

An evaluation of the day and recommendations can be found here –
Adverse Childhood Experiences Report

The  programme and presentations from the day:

ACE’s Programme

All about ACEs – Dr Michael Smith, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


A Lived Experience – Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers

Identifying symptoms of ACEs, how to protect against dangers – NSPCC


Poverty and ACEs, how services can support adults better – Citizens Advice Bureau


Mentally Healthy Schools and Self-Harm guidance

Getting Our Priorities Right – ADP – NHS Highland


Cool2Talk – NHS Highland

Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service