Abstracts: July 20th, 2004

This briefing highlights the common objectives and opportunities for joint working between the National Healthy School Standard (NHSS) and neighbourhood renewal, with a particular focus on practical suggestions for partnership working and outputs at regional, local and neighbourhood levels. The NHSS aims to support schools in the process of becoming healthier, more effective and socially inclusive organisations. In England every local education authority and primary care trust is involved in an accredited partnership providing this support to schools.The National Strategy Action Plan, launched in 2001, represents a major shift in approach, away from regeneration programmes shoring up poor public services in only a few areas towards ensuring high quality public services in all neighbourhoods. The strategy focuses on five themes: improving health, education, housing and the physical environment, and reducing crime and unemployment.

The briefing sets out the benefits to neighbourhood renewal of working in partnership with the NHSS and the benefits to the NHSS of working in partnership with neighbourhood renewal.

Published by the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and the Health Development Agency.

The briefing is available at: http://www.hda-online.org.uk/documents/nhss_workingtogether.pdf