NHS Forth Valley has developed the Health Promoting Health Service programme over a number of years, as a means of ensuring the development of high quality health improvement services for patients, carers and staff who come into contact with, or work for NHS Forth Valley.
Health Promoting Health Service (HPHS) programme
All NHS services have a contribution to make to health improvement. The Health Promoting Health Service (HPHS) programme aims to support the development of a health promoting culture and embed effective health improvement practice within NHS services. This includes facilitating health behaviour change, and developing staff knowledge, skills and attitudes in this area.
The Health Promoting Health Service (HPHS) concept is that:
In 2012 the Scottish Government issued CEL 01 (2012) Health Promoting Health Service:Action in Hospital Settings. This replaces the previously issued CEL 14.
In 2008, the Scottish Government issued CEL 14 (2008) – Health Promoting Health Service: Action in Acute Care Settings, asking all NHS Boards to implement specific health promotion actions on smoking cessation, alcohol, breastfeeding, food and health, and health at work to support health improvement in the acute care setting. In NHS Forth Valley, we continue to addressing this directive as a single system (ie. acute and primary care focus). CEL 01 requires action on an additional three topics to be progressed – physical activity, active travel and sexual health.
Actions required included providing smoking cessation support for maternity services, providing alcohol brief intervention, implementing the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Awards Scheme in maternity units, reducing the sugar content of drinks in vending machines and attaining a Healthy Working Lives award.
Health Promoting Health Service Working Group
The Health Promoting Health Service Working Group has now fulfilled all of the requirements of the CEL, with the exception of increased access to affordable fruit and vegetables in acute settings.
The Group is currently planning with Falkirk & District CVS to establish a “Fruit Barra” in the atrium at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.