Transport & Public Health
While seeking to add value to existing delivery plans and partnerships the partners have undertaken a mapping exercise reviewing current activity related to transport and public health. This includes joint work on Travel Planning via the GetAbout Partnership, Road Safety and Air Quality
Further progress has been through partners having developed a joint approach to evaluation of Smarter Choices Smarter Places projects. Such approaches are welcomed by the Scottish Government.
Another good example of new working relationships has been the partnership working between NHSG Public Health and Aberdeen City Council to carry out a Health Inequalities Impact Assessment of the Aberdeen Local Transport Strategy. These examples, should in time, become the norm across partners.
Progress is being made around collating the evidence for increased investment in active travel infrastructure and campaigns, cross sector awareness of activities and ensuring the reach of campaigns is maximised.
Access to Health & Social Care
The work plan for the Access to Health & Social Care Sub-Group focuses on improving information on available services, supporting the community transport sector, piloting integrated transport and developing the work of partners to ensure Travel Planning by organisations gives consideration to accessibility.
A key focus of this theme has been the ongoing funding by partners (NHSG, Nestrans, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council) of the THInC project.
THInC (Travel to Health & Social Care Information Centre) was launched in January 2013. Initially, providing information to health appointments the project has extended its remit to include social care appointments.
The long term vision is to integrate appointments and transport bookings. Currently transport for health and social care is provided by several organisations, is spread across budgets and does not provide equal coverage across Grampian region. It can be confusing and distressing for residents to navigate. In being a regional point of contact for all health and social care service users THInC helps assist people to access services.