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Good Places, Better Health: A New approach to the Environment and Health in Scotland: Implementation Plan

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ANNEX 2 - Partnership Working Through Good Places, Better Health

As an illustration of how we envisage Good Places, Better Health improving partnership working to create health nurturing environments we have outlined below an example of current (pre Good Places, Better Health) and future (with Good Places, Better Health) practice around a particular health outcome.

Pre Good Places, Better Health

The diagram below outlines the type of physical environment issues that may impact on mental health and wellbeing 6 and the type of organisations who may be involved in these issues.

type of physical environment issues

Pre Good Places, Better Health

Most of these activities are driven by individual policies, legislation, commitments and organisations acting in isolation or in limited partnerships around specific projects. They are driven by a need to respond to a particular agenda and not necessarily a health agenda. For example:

  • Do all organisations understand that these issues impact on mental health and wellbeing?
  • Do these partners always consider mental health and wellbeing when planning the design and delivery of these services?
  • Do all organisations understand what they could do in these areas to improve mental health and wellbeing?
  • Could we measure and evaluate how these services impact on mental health and wellbeing?

With Good Places, Better Health

In this example we consider the same physical environment issues but we highlight that by using Good Places, Better Health they will be approached as a means to creating positive health nurturing environments through shared outcomes, knowledge, and actions. Each partner will understand that the work they do impacts on specific health outcomes and how they deliver the service can make a difference and can deliver on national outcomes. In this way we envisage that Good Places, Better Health will help facilitate the delivery of SOAs and the national outcomes and help identify roles and responsibilities of partners in each area.

Diagram

With Good Places, Better Health

The creation of cross-cutting focused partnerships where everyone understands and implements the actions they can take to achieve the shared outcome through:

  • Shared knowledge and understanding of how physical environment impacts on mental health and wellbeing
  • An understanding of what each organisation can do, through unique and joint contributions, to create positive health-nurturing environments which will lead to improved mental health and wellbeing
  • A commitment to take action to create positive health-nurturing environments and an understanding of the impact that action will have
  • Measurement and evaluation of impact on mental health and wellbeing