Hello from Scotland!!

Ian Mackenzie's picture

Hello,

I would like to introduce myself and reach out to see how many other members are here from north of the border?

As the Greenspace and Health Programme Manager for NHS Lothian I have been working with a wide range of teams to deliver our strategy.  So far we have published a detailed biodiversity audit of over 90 NHS Lothian sites and developed a framework for how we mainstream Green Social Prescribing. Each week we seem to have a new request for better access to greenspace for patients, staff and communities and I am working across a wide range of actue and community sites to facilitate this.

Read the biodiversity audit

Read our Green Social Prescribing blueprint

I am currently working on establishing a Grounds for Health Network of NHS Lothian staff and partners who want bring people together to make better use of the grounds and gardens on the NHS estate. It focuses on unlocking the potential of these greenspaces for improved wellbeing and environmental sustainability.

I look forward to seeing what other networking approach are taking place across the country.

Ian

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Green Social Prescribing

Lynn Sproat's picture

hello Ian,

Thanks for your post and the link to the Lothian green social prescribing blueprint. My name is Lynn Sproat I am the Pharmacy, Realistic Medicine Effective Prescribing Programme Manager working with our Pharmacy Lead for Primary Care Colette Kerr, Colette.Kerr@aapct.scot.nhs.uk who is very interested in green social prescribing and working with Elaine Caldow, Elaine.Caldow@aa.nhs.scot our Public Health progamme lead. We have green prescribing initiative ongoing in North Ayrshire.

Elaine also leads on our greening the Estate initiatives to make more use of NHS A&A grounds for improved well being.

I have passed the information you have posted onto Colette and Elaine. I am a co-facilitator for the CHAIN Climate Change & Sustainability in Healthcare network would you be happy for me to post the information out to the CHAIN network?

Best Regards,

Lynn

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Thanks Lynn,

Ian Mackenzie's picture

Thanks Lynn,

Yes please do send this onto the CHAIN network. Do you know David Mechann from The Conservation Volunteers, he was very helpful in sharing some of the learing form Aryshire and Arran as part of our developement work.

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Hello Iain,

Lynn Sproat's picture

Hello Iain,

Yes know of David who is working with Elaine Caldow. Happy to forward the links you have provided to the CHAIN network. I hope you will join the CHAIN Climate Change & Sustainability in Healthcare network. Please email Colette and Elaine who will be able to provide more information on green and social prescribing in Ayrshire. Really great work that is going on in Lothian.

Regards,

Lynn

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