Multimillion pound boost for health in Lothian

NHS Lothian is investing nearly £3m in a number of projects to help people in Lothian live healthier lives.

The funding is supporting 15 projects working with younger people, older people and parents until 2011.

The projects were chosen to receive further backing after evaluations showed they were making a real difference in terms of improving the health of the people receiving help and advice.

The total funding – nearly £2.9m over three years - is coming from the Health Improvement Fund originally set up by the Scottish Government in 2000.

Dr Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian, said:


“We are delighted to be able to use this funding to work with partners to deliver a healthier Lothian. This money is helping us immeasurably in addressing the health inequalities we see in Lothian – where your health and even how long you live can be connected to your socio-economic background. These projects are all targeted at specific groups of people that are known to suffer poorer health. The projects will continue to help improve their health and well-being.”
The Health Improvement Fund was first established in 2000. The near £3m funding will be spent from 2008 till 2011, and follows a previous three year cycle running from 2005-2008.


Dr McCallum continued:
”The Health Improvement Fund is a great tool for us to support activities that address the causes of ill health. We know from our evaluation work that several thousand people have been reached directly by these projects over the last three years.”


The fund is used to support activities provided by the voluntary sector, within local authorities and within the NHS. The projects aim to increase physical activity, improve healthy eating, enhance parenting skills, improve mental health and address the needs of particular groups, including people who are deaf, vulnerable young people and young carers.