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Welcome to the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Community Cooking Network. 

This area is for local organisations delivering practical cooking in the community. Here you will find resources and support to help you deliver the Eat Better Feel Better cooking courses along with training opportunities, events and useful links. 

Lesson Plans

Below are the lesson plans for the Eat Better Feel Better cooking programme. The lesson plans are for those that have received training to deliver the programme.

Below are the bolt on resources when the course is delivered to specific groups:

Support material

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde use approved suppliers for the delivery of community cooking activities who meet NHSGGC mandatory requirements. 

NHSGGC are committed to support suppliers to meet the training requirements.

Here is the list list of available training to support community cooking activities. Unfortunately we can not guarantee training places. 

Reporting and evaluation

For suppliers of community cooking funded by the NHS/on the procurement framework here are the 4 forms to be completed and returned to your local health improvement contact. Please read the Evaluation guidance notes to help complete the evaluation. 

To be completed at the beginning of week 1:

  1. Pre evaluation form ( completed by participants)
  2. Equalities in Health form  (completed by the participants) 

To be completed at the end of week 6:

  1. Post Evaluation form (completed by participants)
  2. Reporting template (completed by community chef) 

Community chefs should code the pre and post questionnaire and here is the guide on how to code the evaluations.

Contacts and other useful resources

Useful Contacts

Here you will find the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Improvement Nutrition Network for your area. Please click on the name to show the email address

  • Glasgow City South locality: John Casey  Telephone 0141 232 8031
  • Glasgow City North West locality: Mary Wright Telephone: 0141 232 2092
  • Glasgow City North West locality: Lesley Davidson Telephone: 0141 232 0189
  • Renfrewshire: Alex Connor Telephone: 01505 821 812
  • Inverclyde: Cath Tearne Telephone: 01475 497 139
  • East Renfrewshire:  Jodi Dean Telephone: 0141 577 8618
  • East Dunbartonshire: Jennifer Burns Telephone: 0141 355 2380
  • West Dunbartonshire: Rose Stewart Telephone: 01389 776872

Useful Websites

The Acute Health Improvement Team consists of a Programme Manager, 2 Health Improvement Leads and a Health Improvement Senior. The team work with staff across all sector/directorates in acute services and their current main areas of work are detailed below:

Support & Information Services

The Support & Information Services can be found across most acute sites in Greater Glasgow & Clyde.  Whether you are a patient, a carer, a family member or a member of staff, we offer a friendly, comfortable and confidential environment where there is time for you to ask questions & receive support on any matter that may be important to you or your family.

Holistic needs assessment 

Holistic needs assessment (HNA) and care planning was first introduced by the National Cancer Survivorship Programme to help identify the concerns and needs of people living with cancer[1]. The holistic needs assessment and care planning tool provides a useful framework for the basis of a person-centred discussion based on what matters to the person at that time.  Used with appropriate training, information and knowledge of available supports to meet needs, the tool facilitates the following:

  • Identification of need / impact of wider determinants;
  • Self management, self-care;
  • Person-led care or goal-setting, health and wellbeing improvement;
  • Social-prescribing, mitigating impact of poverty and life circumstances;
  • Applied health improvement, developing the wider health improvement workforce, embedding health improvement in clinical care.

In recognition that many of the issues faced by people living with cancer are similar to those for people living with other life changing and/or deteriorating conditions, the Acute Health Improvement Team identified areas where this approach could be tested:

  • Parent/Carers within Royal Hospital for Children
  • People undergoing lower limb amputation at QEUH
  • People attending Physical Disability Rehabilitation Unit at QEUH campus
  • People attending for renal dialysis at IRH. 

The concerns in the cancer focused tool required review with clinical colleagues to tailor concerns to meet the needs of each of the different groups.  A monitoring and evaluation framework for the work was developed to ensure outcomes were captured. 

National Cancer Survivorship Initiative. Living with and beyond cancer: taking action to improve outcomes,

Department of Health,  2013   

In April 2017 tests of change were developed in adult acute services to determine how the HNA and care planning model works in adult hospital settings beyond cancer services.  As a result, three locations were chosen, reflecting patients who were experienced permanent changes to their lives as a result of health conditions or traumatic events:

  • Renal Dialysis Unit, Inverclyde Royal Hospital,
  • Physically Disabled Rehabilitation Unit (PDRU), Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
  • Ward 11A (lower limb amputees), Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

Each location chosen was allocated a member of the health improvement team to liaise with them to facilitate the process in their location. This was in recognition of the fact that the implementation process was likely to be different in each location, reflecting the differing patient groups, nature of clinical interactions, and experience of conducting health behaviour change discussions in each clinical area.

The delivery model for implementing the Supporting People in Hospital approach varied amongst the three locations as follows:

  • Nurse led – Renal Dialysis Unit
  • Key worker led (both AHP’s and Nursing staff) – PDRU
  • Health Improvement Led from Support & Information Service – Ward 11A (and Ward 11D). 

The HNA has been rolled out to further to Renal services at the QEUH with other areas planned. Over time, the completion of the tools has been incorporated into routine practice within these areas.

Below is a video clip of Katharine Montgomery, Staff Nurse, Renal Unit IRH talking about how the HNA has been implemented in their area.

 An initial evaluation on the HNA was completed in July 2017 and a learning event took place October 2017 where findings were disseminated. The evaluation found that:

The patients welcomed this approach:

  • “It’s about helping me if I have anything that is worrying me”  
  • “It gives me the chance to tell someone if I need help with things at home”.
  • “It gave me the chance to talk to my family about how I felt and for them to tell me how they felt too”.

The staff welcomed this approach:

  • “Our patients go out of here different to when they come in.  They usually come in mobile and leave in a wheelchair.  It’s a huge psychological as well as physical change and it affects every part of their lives.  Nothing is the same for them anymore and this is a great opportunity for them to talk to someone about more than just their medical condition”
  • “Coming in here is a massive part of their weekly lives and they are exhausted.  We talk to them about how they feel physically but they have many other issues – particularly money, so this is a really good way of helping them deal with things which are affecting them and their families”

The Acute team have been working to support the implementation of the Cares (Scotland) Act. 

The Census data (2011) suggests that approx 10% of Greater Glasgow and Clyde residents identify themselves as having caring responsibilities. Three in every 10 patients admitted report having a health condition that significantly limits daily living and as such are likely to require additional caring support.

The Carers (Scotland) Act was passed on 4th February 2016 and gained Royal Assent on 9th March 2016.  The implementation of the provisions in the Carers Act, which are designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing, will commence on 1st April 2018, and build on the aims and objectives set out in the National Carers and Young Carers Strategy 2010-2015.

Under the Act, there are specific requirements for acute and these include:

  • The involvement of carers (where carers can be identified without delay) in the context of any admission and discharge to any location
  • Changes to local discharge guidance to ensure the health board must take account, so far as reasonable and practicable to do so the views of carers in relation to decisions relation to the discharge of the cared for person.
  • Expectation that documentation will capture of patient’s consent to involve carer and to record carer views on discharge planning and intended discharge date
  • Development of an assessment of carer’s ability to care post-discharge. 

Work has taken place with acute staff and local Carers Centres to support this work. Further information on support available to carers can be found here:

It is recognised that many NHSGGGC staff have caring responsibilities and further support for staff can be found here:

Support & Information Services also have information and resources on support available to carers and can make referrals to the carer’s centres.

Resources and Publications

The UK guidelines suggest that the average adult should undertake 150 minutes of physical activity per week. 

More than half (54%) of all Greater Glasgow and Clyde residents are not active enough to gain these health benefits.

See Chapter 5. Section 5.3.1 of the Director of Public Health Report 2015-17 for more background information on levels of physical activity in Glasgow and Clyde.

See also the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 2014/15 Health and Wellbeing Survey  (Section 3.4)

To help with this, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have a Physical Activity Team who work with a range of partners to try to increase physical activity levels.  Part of our remit is to work with our six Local Authority partners and to part fund the delivery of three core physical activity programmes; Health Walks, Live Active and Vitality, which are available and promoted throughout the GGC area. 

Further information

Being in Good Work is good for you…

The aim of the Employment and Health Team is to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our working age population. The Team continues to provide a range of services and resources to support health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Good Work

“A healthier workforce really does make a difference when it comes to staff retention, attendance and productivity.”

Looking after your staff can result in improvements in their health and morale and also a reduction in accidents and sickness absence. We provide free, confidential support and advice to help employers create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce. All our services are free, and can benefit both your organisation and your employees.

Workplace Training Programme

The Employment and Health Team offers an extensive programme of free training to all businesses in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. This is currently delivered remotely and is advertised via our monthly newsletter.

Some training sessions are aimed at improving the wellbeing of all staff, and other more specialised sessions are aimed at managers and those with a human resources role.

Further Information

Employment and Health News on our Social Media Channels

Poor diet and an unhealthy weight are two of the main contributors to poor health in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and seen throughout our lifecycle. 

The Scottish Dietary Goals were established 20 years ago to set the direction of a healthy diet to reduce the burden of obesity and diet-related disease. Unfortunately little progress has been made and we still consumes too much energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt and not enough fruit and vegetables, oil-rich fish and fibre. This poor diet is contributing to obesity.

We know that across NHSGGC: 

  • 22% of primary 1 children are overweight and obese
  • 16.9% of women and 9.2% of men aged 16-24 years old are obese
  • 65% of men and 59% of women aged 16-64+ years old are overweight and obese. 

Obesity and poor diet exist across the population but inequalities exist with diet and obesity being particularly worst in our poorer communities.

What we’re doing to address these issues: 

NHSGGC are committed to addressing poor diet and weight issues by working with our partner organisations to provide programmes supporting healthier choices such as:

Health Improvement describes our work to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals or communities through enabling and encouraging healthy choices as well as addressing underlying determinants of health such as poverty and lack of educational opportunities. We work with a wide range of partners to influence policy, service provision and wider environmental factors that help support positive health outcomes for our population, especially those in greatest need.

You can contact the Health Improvement team at:

Smoking remains the single biggest preventable cause of ill-health in UK (Ref: ASH (2014) ASH factsheet 2: Smoking Statistics, illness and death.

Within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 25% of the population are currently smokers and men are more likely to smoke than women. 

In 2013, the Scottish Government launched their new tobacco strategy for Scotland, ‘Creating a Tobacco-Free Generation’ with the aspiration of achieving smoking rates of 5% or lower amongst adults in Scotland. 

In response, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde tobacco control activity and “Quit your way” service adopts a wide approach to tackle the harm caused by tobacco. Supporting people to stop smoking is the most well known tobacco control measure.  However, actions to prevent young people from starting to smoke and protecting people from the harm associated with secondhand smoke are just as important. 

Tobacco control brings together the broad themes of Prevention, Protection and Stop Smoking and requires strong partnerships with public, private and voluntary groups to influence smoking culture and reduce smoking rates. 

To find out more about what our services can offer call the Quit Your Way service on 0800 916 8858 or visit:

Training and development opportunities for the health improvement workforce.

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) Public Health training brochure (pdf) outlines online and virtual training opportunities available to the public health directorate workforce.

The training and development opportunities detailed directly support many of the priority themes set out in turning the tide through prevention, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde public health strategy 2018-2028 and also contribute to the development and maintenance of public health competencies.

The training brochure is an interactive document separated into three sections, you can navigate to each section by clicking on the corresponding link.

  1. Public health priorities
  2. Public health competencies
  3. Staff wellbeing resources

This document is not intended as an endorsement of courses but as a quick reference guide of online and virtual learning opportunities primarily for the public health directorate workforce. The list of learning opportunities within this document are not exhaustive.

Please email if you know of other courses that could be added to this resource.