We have undertaken several health-related studies covering both physical and mental health issues. As with all our work, these studies include evaluations and research projects for public and third sector clients.
We evaluated the Beatson Cancer Charity’s Specialist Health and Work team which supported people with a cancer diagnosis to remain in work, return to work or look for a new job. For Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), we’ve evaluated their Individual Placement and Support employability pilots in the West of Scotland, the My Life Dynamic service in Aberdeenshire, two services in North Lanarkshire, and the Growing Auchmuty project in Fife. We have experience of evaluating social prescribing services such as NHS Fife’s Positive Me Positive You project. Our evaluation of Greener Kirkcaldy’s Healthy Homes pilot highlighted the project’s benefits for people with long-term health conditions, older people and those recently discharged from hospital. We also carried out a process evaluation of the development of innovative health promoting health centres for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde which focused on the drivers and challenges involved in rolling out the initiative.
Our health-related research includes a feasibility study for Scottish Natural Heritage on the development of a quality assurance scheme for nature-based health projects. For NHS Health Scotland, we carried out research with NHS staff about the influence of their work and home environment on their approaches to weight management. We also undertook detailed research for Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance on the nature and extent of food poverty in the area.