Training and support for Health Impact Assessment in Scotland

E-learning course

The network has produced an online e-learning course on Health Impact Assessment (HIA). This is open to all as an open access course.

The course contains six modules, each of which takes up to 2 hours to complete. It includes three case studies and there is a downloadable workbook for you to record your findings as you work through these.

The course is accessed from the NHS Health Scotland Virtual Learning Environment. You do not need to register but must click on ‘login as guest’ to access the course. Go to ‘Courses and Resources’ then click on ‘Health Impact Assessment in Practice’ (Under the heading ‘Health Inequalities’).

You may need to change settings on your browser since the course requires your browser to accept certain ActiveX controls and allow pop-ups in order to run. The site may ask you to run a compatibility test to ensure that your computer has the appropriate software to run the course. Notes on the site will explain how to do this and then you should be able to follow the course.

We plan to run occasional supported cohorts using the e-learning course, to allow participants to share ideas as they work through it, and receive feedback and support by email. For information about these contact martin.higgins@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

Other training

We occasionally run short one day courses on HIA. For information contact martin.higgins@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

Support for practitioners: expertise database

We maintain an expertise database of specialists who have experience and expertise either in doing HIA, in particular methods that may be used in HIA, or in a particular topic area. These individuals are willing to provide email or phone advice and support to others doing HIA.

If you are doing an HIA and would like support from a specialist on the database, or if you would like to add your name to the database, please contact martin.higgins@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk in the first instance. He will identify whether we have someone with appropriate expertise who can help and if so put them in contact with you.

Updated 10 April 2015

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