A new Health and Transport Action Plan (HTAP) Co-ordinator has been appointed to help progress the HTAP programme. The post is funded through a partnership arrangement between NHS Grampian and Nestrans (the local transport partnership) and employed through Aberdeenshire Council.
The programme has been developed to co-ordinate partnership working between agencies in the areas of promoting active travel, improving the links between transport and public health and access to healthcare.
The new co-ordinator, Andrew Stewart, has previously worked in a variety of public and third sector roles across the Grampian area working with partners promoting sustainable and active travel, road safety promotion, continuous improvement and advocacy work with vulnerable people.
The Health and Transport Action Plan has been recognised by Audit Scotland as an innovative partnership which draws together key agencies across the North-east, including NHS Grampian, the Regional Transport Partnership (Nestrans), the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), the local authorities of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire and Moray Council and Hitrans (the Regional Transport Partnership that includes Moray).
Andrew explained: “I am delighted to join the programme at an exciting time and look forward to working with all the partner agencies. We’re looking to review the plan soon to take account of economic and legislative changes since it was originally developed. This will help to make it consistent with Government direction as noted in, for example, the Healthcare Transport Framework and the Audit Scotland report on access to health and social care.”