Culture Change

Culture Change for Healthcare Greenspace Engagement

The Healthcare Greenspace Project builds on the work undertaken in the Hospital Grounds Greenspace (HGG) Project (funded by AHRC and SFC, 2010-2012) which sought to encourage greater use of hospital grounds for health and well-being benefit. Healthcare Greenspace will utilise materials produced within HGG such as workshop frameworks, an engagement toolkit and greenspace intervention evaluation guidance to disseminate knowledge to health services managers, clinical staff, other healthcare workers, environmental sector professionals and voluntary sector agencies about how to get staff, visitors and patients using healthcare buildings’ grounds and adjacent ‘public’ greenspace for health and wellbeing benefit.

Main activities

  • Combined dissemination and training workshops for health service managers, clinical and other staff.
  • Cross-sector (health, environment, public and voluntary) networking and exchange events.

Taking part in the workshops will equip stakeholders with the tools needed to plan and deliver greenspace activities and improvements at various types of healthcare setting. Our work will contribute to the evidence base around how to facilitate behaviour change in order to increase positive use of greenspaces and will run from September 2013 to September 2014.

Project Team

  • Dr. Sarah-Anne Munoz (Principal Investigator, UHI)
  • Dr. Fiona Smith (Co-Investigator, University of Dundee)
  • Funders: AHRC Knowledge Exchange Follow-On Funding Scheme
  • Partners: Forestry Commission; NHS Forth Valley; NHS Highland

Project Materials available for download: