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Title: A Healthy University: Making the Case

A Healthy University Making the Case
The Healthy Settings Approach
Prisons Criminal Justice
Hospitals Healthcare
FE Colleges
Leisure, Sport Recreation
In the settings approach efforts are
concentrated on working to make the setting
itself a healthier place for people to live, work
and playThe settings approach means combining
healthy policies, in a healthy environment with
complementary education programmes and
initiatives. Health Promotion Strategy for
Ireland (DHC, 2000)
Learning and Health
University Context
  • More than 2.3 million students and 370,000 staff
    in 169 UK higher education institutions
    (Universities UK, 2008 HESA, 2009) enormous
    potential to promote public health.
  • Historically, universities have served as
    settings for the delivery of specific projects on
    various priority issues, such as drugs, alcohol
    and mental health.
  • Growing focus on staff well-being, reflecting
    strengthened policy focus on workplace health.
  • Increasing interest in moving beyond single topic
    focus to develop more holistic and strategic
    whole university approach reflecting success
    of other settings initiatives (eg Healthy Schools
    , Healthy FE).

University Context contd
  • Review of evidence relating to schools supports a
    whole school approach, suggesting that effective
    programmes are
  • likely to be complex, multifactorial and involve
    activity in more than one domain.
    (Stewart-Brown, 2006 17)
  • A review focused on further education has
    concluded that
  • while it is not possible to state with certainty
    that multi-component, whole-settings approaches
    are more successful in college and university
    settings than one-off activities, the evidence
    points in this direction (Warwick et al, 2008
  • This thinking is further reinforced by the
    Foresight Report on Obesity, which concludes
  • the complexity and interrelationships make a
    compelling case for the futility of isolated
    initiatives (Butland et al, 2007 10).

Supporting Strategic Plans
  • Healthy Universities represents a cross-cutting
    and multi-faceted approach, working with staff,
    students and the wider community, and developing
    a range of activities tailor-made for your
    university that support key deliverables such as
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Student Experience Strategies
  • Learning and Teaching Strategies
  • Human Resource Strategies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.

University Policy and Context Drivers
  • UUK Guidance
  • Reducing Risk of Student Suicide
  • Meningitis Guidelines
  • HE Partnership for Sustainability
  • Travel Planning for Sustainability, Guidance for
  • HE Sector and the 2012 Olympic Games
  • UCEA
  • Preventing and Tackling Stress at Work, An
    Approach for HE

Developing University Strengths
  • Healthy Universities means adopting a whole
    system perspective that takes account of the role
    of universities as
  • centres of learning and development, with roles
    in education, research, capacity and capability
    building and knowledge exchange
  • foci for creativity and innovation, developing
    knowledge and understanding within and across
    disciplines and applying them to the benefit of
  • places where students undergo life transition
    exploring and experimenting, developing
    independence and lifeskills, and facing
    particular health challenges
  • workplaces and businesses, concerned with
    performance and productivity within a competitive
  • contexts that future shape students and staff
    as they clarify values, grow intellectually and
    develops capabilities that can enhance current
    and future citizenship within families,
    communities, workplaces and society as a whole
  • resources for and influential partners and
    corporate citizens within local, regional,
    national and global communities.

Entry Points/Catalysts
Healthy University Deliverables
  • The Healthy University approach has the potential
    to deliver tangible changes that contribute to
    health, sustainability and core business
    priorities. These are likely to include
  • more supportive working and learning contexts
  • higher quality health and welfare services
  • healthy and sustainable food procurement
    processes and catering services
  • more accessible sports, leisure, social and
    cultural facilities that are more widely used
  • support for an holistic approach to personal,
    social and citizenship development
  • increased understanding of, commitment to and
    sense of personal responsibility for health and
    sustainable development among students and staff
  • strengthened institution-level commitment to
    practise corporate responsibility and to lead for
    health and sustainability in local, regional,
    national and global partnerships.

Healthy University Impacts
  • The Healthy University approach also has the
    potential to result in longer-term impacts
    within, outside and beyond the university with
    the above changes resulting in
  • improved business performance and productivity
    thereby enhancing student and staff recruitment,
    retention and achievement
  • strengthened capacity and capability to
    contribute to the pursuit of a range of public
    service agreements
  • increased positive and reduced negative
    institutional impacts on health and ecological
  • a throughput of engaged students and staff
    exerting a positive influence as local and global
    citizens within families, communities, workplaces
    and political processes.

Potential Benefits
  • A more motivated and supported workforce
  • Reduced costs associated with sickness absence
  • Improved student experience and retention
  • Improved health and well-being of staff and
  • Puts health and well-being formally on the
    universitys agenda
  • Opportunities for participation and developing
    health partnerships

Potential Benefits contd
  • Provides comprehensive and flexible framework for
    action on student, staff and community health,
    well-being and sustainability contributing to
    internal and wider partnership goals
  • Encourages coherent policy and action in relation
    to both institutional practice and education for
    global citizenship
  • Uses in house/external public health knowledge
    to harness energy and resources and support
    both long-term strategic development and high
    visibility projects
  • Offers step-by-step process to progress work
    proactively and responsively

Staff and Student Context/Challenges
  • Student
  • Student Retention
  • Student behaviour/lifestyle issues affecting
    academic work
  • Positive Student Experience
  • Staff
  • Stress Management
  • Sickness absence rates
  • Staff turnover
  • Recruitment costs
  • HSE Executive
  • HE Stress Management Audits

Workplace Wellbeing Statistics
  • Number of working days lost each year due to
    mental health problems 91m
  • Number of working days lost to sickness absence
    in the UK in 2006 175m
  • Number of days a year lost through sickness
    absence from smoking related illness 34m
  • of accidents at work are being reported as
    alcohol related 25
  • of all workplace ill health related to
    musculo-skeletal disorders 50 (1 million

National Policy Drivers
  • Further and Higher Education Settings
  • Young people need support as they go through the
    transition into adult life. We will support the
    initiatives being taken locally by some colleges
    and universities to develop a strategy for health
    that integrates health into the organisations
    structure to
  • create healthy working, learning and living
  • environments
  • increase the profile of health in teaching and
  • research and
  • develop healthy alliances in the community.
  • Department of Health (2004) Choosing Health
    Making Healthy Choices Easier Governments
    Public Health White Paper, p. 72

Health Targets/Drivers
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Substance misuse
  • Sexual Health
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Activity

Local Health Statistics
  • It is recommended that users of this presentation
    include key statistics about health issues in
    their local area. Information can be found from
    the following sources
  • Health Protection Agency www.hpa.org.uk
  • Office of National Statistics Neighbourhood
    statistics www.statistics.gov.uk/hub/index.html
  • Local PCTs www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/pages/pri
  • Public Health Observatories www.apho.org.uk


(2000)Health Promotion Strategy for Ireland,
DHC Universities UK (2008) HESA
(2009) Stewart-Brown (2006) Warwick et al
(2008) Butland et al (2007) Department of Health
(2004) Choosing Health Making Healthy Choices
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