Compared to many other countries in Europe, Scotland has traditionally had a poor health record. However, this is starting to change. The Scottish Government has introduced a range of initiatives to encourage people to live healthier lives and to tackle health inequalities. In 2006, legislation was introduced to ban smoking in public places, and the current Scottish Government has brought forward a raft of measures to address Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
Griesbach & Associates have expertise and knowledge a wide range of health and social policy areas, particularly those that relate to health (and mental health) improvement. Projects in this area have involved evaluation and needs assessment, as well as primary research. Some recent projects have included:
The development of national needle exchange guidelines for Scotland
(Client: Scottish Government and Scottish Association of Alcohol and Drug Action Teams)
This was an action under Phase II of the Scottish Government’s Hepatitis C Action Plan for Scotland. Griesbach & Associates assisted Professor Avril Taylor (University of the West of Scotland) and the Guidelines Development Group to develop best-practice guidelines for services that provide injecting equipment to injecting drug users. This project involved a review of the relevant literature and a consultation with experts in this field. The guidelines were published in May 2010. [ National Guidelines ]
National Needle Exchange Survey in Scotland
(Clients: Scottish Government and the National Treatment Agency in England)
This was the most in-depth study of needle exchange service provision ever undertaken in the Scotland, and was part of a larger UK-wide study of needle exchange services involving England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Scottish arm of the study involved a survey of all 22 Drug Action Teams and all non-pharmacy needle exchange services and focus groups with needle exchange commissioners, needle exchange providers and pharmacists involved in the delivery of pharmacy exchanges. This work was carried out with Dima Abdulrahim and Dawn Gordon at the National Treatment Agency in London, and Karin Dowell at the Scottish Executive.
[ Full report | Summary ]
Other projects in this area: