To register an interest in attending one of our training courses please email WHIASU.PublicHealthWales@wales.nhs.uk. Alternatively, if you are interested in finding out more about how we can help you and your organisation please contact one of the team.

Learning session – Introduction to Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

‘Introduction to HIA’ is a half day classroom based session delivered by WHIASU. The session is aimed at all public health professionals and any practitioners from a range of sectors who have no prior or little knowledge of HIA or for those who wish to re-familiarise themselves with the process. The session is part taught, with elements of interactive discussion and practical application. The learning outcomes from the session are:

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The following courses are delivered in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Dates and venues are promoted via this website and that of CIEH (Wales Directorate). All bookings are via CIEH Wales Directorate.

2 Day CIEH HIA Competency Training – Rapid HIA

This course looks in depth at Rapid HIA and how it should be conducted and applied in practice. Day 1 consists of taught sessions and practical group work. Attendees are then required to undertake a Rapid HIA and submit of an assignment. Day 2 provides an opportunity to build on their learning by reflecting on the experience and discussing this through a Q and A session. Delegates who meet the minimum requirements for the assignment will receive a Certificate of Competence in Rapid HIA (issued by CIEH, WHIASU and PHW). See links to course outline and assignment details.

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3 Day CIEH HIA Competency Training – Comprehensive HIA

The Comprehensive HIA competency course builds on the theoretical knowledge and practical application demonstrated as part of the Rapid Competency Course (above). All participants in the comprehensive course must have successfully completed and be certified in Rapid HIA. See sample comprehensive competency course outline

HIA Competency Training – Quality Assurance (QA)

The Quality Assurance (QA) training is delivered by WHIASU and aimed at those who in the course of their work are required to review HIAs which are submitted as part of development/planning applications, business cases or funding applications. The practice of HIA is increasingly used to provide additional information within a range of processes to support decision making. . A wide range of policy areas now include HIA within their guidance i.e. the NHS Wales Infrastructure Investment Guide which requires the undertaking and reporting of a HIA within the business case submission for capital funding bids. It is therefore important that those who commission or receive an HIA Report are confident that the report is fit for purpose, complies with best practice and is of an appropriate quality. To date the QA training has been delivered to Environmental Health Officers and Planners. It is a 1 day course followed by the submission of an assignment. It consists of:

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