J Epidemiol Community Health 58:642-648 doi:10.1136/jech.2003.010397
  • Evidence based public health policy and practice

Health impact assessment for the sustainable futures of Salford

  1. Calbert H Douglas1,
  2. Alan Higgins2,
  3. Chris Dabbs3,
  4. Mick Walbank4
  1. 1School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, UK
  2. 2Oldham PCT, UK
  3. 3CHC, Salford, UK
  4. 4Salford City Council, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr C H Douglas
 The Crescent, School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT, UK;
  • Accepted 22 October 2003


Background: The Salford Health Investment for Tomorrow and the Local Improvement Finance Trust proposals for the comprehensive redevelopment of Salford Royal Hospital and the provision of four integrated primary health and social centres in the City of Salford are a response to the challenge of the NHS Plan to modernise delivery and service provision. The scale of the proposed developments will have a major effect on the quality of life in Salford. This health impact assessment was undertaken to determine how these proposals could be amended to ensure that the impacts are optimised so that potential benefits to Salford’s communities are realised to maximise their health and wellbeing.

Method: This involved a comprehensive prospective health impact assessment and a series of interviews with key stakeholders, community organisations, and local people to identify and prioritise potential positive and negative impacts of the proposals.

Results and conclusions: The assessment pointed to a wide range of positive and negative impacts that provided the basis of a set of recommendations, which were linked directly to the themes of the Salford Community Plan. These related to setting employment, education, and training opportunities to maximise health and wellbeing and improve quality of life for all communities in Salford within the framework of the plan. In presenting the findings of the health impact assessment and discussing the recommendations, the paper presents a unique approach in health impact assessment reporting by offering perspectives from the assessor and the project’s steering group.


  • Funding: the Capital Development Directorate of Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust.

  • Conflicts of interest: none declared.