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As we celebrate 70 years of the NHS and 30 years of Belfast Healthy Cities and the European Healthy Cities Network, Joan Devlin looks at the impact these organisations have had on the health of our city:

On the 5th July 1948 Labour Minister for Health Aneurin Bevan launched the National Health Service, and 70 years on it is hard to quantify the incredible impact this service has had on all our lives.  In some ways it has become a service we all take for granted. At its core it had three overarching principles, which are still maintained to this day:

The Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence recently took place in London.

Belfast Healthy Cities hosted a workshop on the Scottish Place Standard Tool on Thursday 3 May at Clifton House. The one day event examined the possibility of rolling out the Scottish tool to towns and cities in Northern Ireland. 

Twenty five participants have recently completed the Reducing Inequalities: Getting Results Training Programme.  Developed by Belfast Healthy Cities with support and facilitation from Erica Ison, the training was delivered to elected representatives, health professionals, policy makers and planners from community, voluntary and statutory sectors.

The training aimed to build capacity to reduce inequalities affecting health and wellbeing; and to develop a professional network to enhance collaborative working through the following objectives.

The recent Health Literacy UK Conference saw over 100 community and health professionals from across UK, Ireland and Europe gather in Belfast to hear some of the leading world experts on health literacy.

The conference raised awareness of health literacy practice and research.  Health literacy will continue to be a theme in policy and through community interventions in public health and community planning.

Healthy Places, Healthy Children - a teaching resource developed by Belfast Healthy Cities in collaboration with the Education Authority, NI Housing Executive and PHA  - is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.

A Belfast Healthy Cities delegation returned from the WHO Mayor’s Summit recently. Joan Devlin looks back on a busy two days. 

Over one hundred community and health professionals from across the UK and Ireland attended the 5th Health Literacy UK Conference which for the first time took place in Belfast. The event in Riddel Hall, Queen’s University included some of the leading world experts on health literacy.  Professor Don Nutbeam, Professor of Public Health in Sydney, Australia provided the keynote address.

Belfast Healthy Cities has launched the 2018 WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary, which will support study visits to healthy city projects across Europe.

Now in its fifth year, the WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary has so far taken in projects in a range of countries including Sweden, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland. The 2017 Bursary saw Dervilia Kernaghan from Cancer Focus travel to Barcelona in December to look at how European cities are adapting to ageing populations.

Over 800 delegates due in city - October 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) 2018 International Healthy Cities Conference has moved a step closer today with the launch of the official conference website. The website can be found at