The Health Improvement Team works to improve the health and well-being of the Shetland population by developing new approaches to tackling health issues. We work with individuals, families, communities, businesses, voluntary organisations and Government (local and national) to tackle these issues and make Shetland a healthier place to live and work.

The work of the department includes:

  • Determining health promotion priorities, including health needs assessment and meeting health improvement targets
  • Co-ordination of health improvement, including building alliances for health, campaigns and projects
  • Consultation and advice in the development of strategies, policies and the planning, implementation and evaluation of health improvement programmes
  • Professional development and training, including specialist led courses and advice and input into training programmes
  • Information and resources: a computerised resource service which is currently being developed and co-ordination of 'Help Yourself To Health' run through Shetland Islands Council Library Services.
  • Research and evaluation: in addition to researching and evaluating its own work, Health Improvement can also advise and support other individuals and agencies in Shetland.

For more information visit the Shetland Health Improvement site at