COSLA / IS Conference and Excellence Awards

For several years now, the Local Government Programme at NHS Health Scotland has exhibited at the annual COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) (external link) and Improvement Service (external link) Conference, which brings together senior local government representatives (including chief executives, council leaders and senior elected members) and other key public sector leaders.

NHS Health Scotland’s presence at the 2013 COSLA/IS Annual Conference enabled strategic discussion with senior local government representatives as well as other key public sector leaders (i.e. Scottish Government, Improvement Service (IS), Society Of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE),  the Joint Improvement Team (JIT)) particularly in relation to:

  • Community Planning and the challenges of collaborative working to reduce health inequalities

  • Promoting the recent publication “Reducing health inequalities and improving health:  What councillors can do to make a difference” and the ways in which it will be used locally. 

The local government minister, councillors and officers were complimentary of the elected member health inequalities publication and its use locally. 

Find out more about the COSLA/IS Conference.

COSLA Excellence Awards

At the March 2013 event, NHS Health Scotland supported the ´Tackling Health Inequalities and Improving Health´ category of the COSLA Excellence Awards. This award recognises work that aims to tackle health inequalities and improve health through community engagement, effective partnership working and innovative practice.

This year’s Gold Award winner, presented by our Chair Margaret Burns CBE, was West Dunbartonshire Council – Pictorial School Menus (external link).

The main objective of the pictorial menu initiative is to ensure that pupils within Early Years Centres and primary and special schools with additional support needs are not disadvantaged in their school meal choices. This is in line with local and national objectives around providing personal support for children and young people and the vision of the health promoting school as outlined within many national policies.

The One to Watch award was received by North Lanarkshire Council for their Dementia Demonstrator site (external link). With a basis in Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy, North Lanarkshire’s ‘Dementia Demonstrator Site’ is delivering better outcomes for and with people living with dementia and their carers through a range of support, care and treatment.

Read more about the COSLA Excellence Awards and view all the videos from the winning categories (external link).

Reviewed 28 July 2014

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