NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service
Capacity Building Programme
Review of Community Development & Health training
Community development is an approach to working in and with communities which has a long history. For the last 20 years in NHS Lothian we have delivered a course which links community development principles to health. These principles: participation, equity, partnership, empowerment and collective action continue to be highly relevant to the current policy agenda around empowerment, health and community planning. The course stresses the importance of the wider determinants of health and aims to encourage workers in health, local authority and the voluntary sector to use the approach and methods of community development as a way of adapting practice to address inequalities in health.
Participants’ evaluations tell us they find the course very useful and enlightening, increasing their knowledge, confidence and skills.
Some examples of what people said when asked what they learned:
“The fundamentals of community development and how they can be practically applied.”
“Knowing the principles and theory ... has taught me how to structure and plan my activities more effectively.”
“This course will allow me to be more focussed and have a place to start, especially with engagement.”
“I’m more able to think critically about what we do”
“This will help me to re-evaluate my work and to think of new ways in which (we) can work with the community.”
We are now at a point where we want to review and refresh the course in order to maximise the contribution it can make to workforce development.
We would be grateful if you could help us with this review by completing the following questionnaire, or sharing it with your staff.
The survey will be open until Friday 9th August 2019.