The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotla
||The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotla, Education/research , Education, Edinburgh, UK, UK, United Kingdom, www.ed.ac.uk,|
|Address:||3 Manor Place|
|Edinburgh EH3 7DH|
|Phone:||0131 225 6999 (+44 131 22|
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|Introduction: History & Aims:
The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland was formed in 1983 following an amalgamation of the Royal Sanitary Association of Scotland (founded in 1875) and the Scottish Institute of Environmental Health (founded 1891). The Institute has a long and proud history going back to the early pioneers of Scotland's public health services such as George Mackay, Peter Fyfe and William Kelso.
The main aims of the Institute are to promote the advancement of all aspects of health and hygiene, to stimulate interest in public health, and to disseminate knowledge on health matters to the benefit of the community.
Functions & Activities:
The Congress and Exhibition organised by the Institute is one of the major events in environmental health in Scotland, with delegates from national and local government, health authorities, academic institutions and private companies attending. The congress agenda covers a wide range of topics.
The Institute is responsible, in Scotland, for the training of Environmental Health Officers and of Meat Inspectors. The training of the former is based on the degree courses at The University of Edinburgh, and Strathclyde University, which give students four years of theoretical study. Practical training is under the control of the Institute and is undertaken in local authorities throughout Scotland.
The Institute organises many seminars and training courses on environmental health issues.
Meat Inspection qualifications are gained under the auspices of the Institute in collaboration with Colleges of Further Education.
REHIS administers a Scheme of Continuing Professional Development for EHO members.
Several post-graduate courses are organised by the Institute.
A bi-monthly journal `Environmental Health Scotland' is published and a report on environmental health in Scotland is prepared annually.
Through its Public Relations Officer, the Institute issues statements to ensure that matters relating to environmental health are brought to the attention of the public.
Advice on careers in environmental health is published and sent to careers services throughout Scotland.
The Institute was a founder member of the International Federation of Environmental Health and plays an active role in the organisation and activities of the Federation.
To ensure that the Scottish dimension in environmental health is recognised, the Institute maintains close links with colleagues in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Close links with local and national government are maintained and the Institute is consulted by various Departments of the Scottish Office on matters relating to environmental health in Scotland. Close liaison is maintained to ensure an input from environmental health in policy decisions in the European Union.
Membership of the Institute is open to all persons who are engaged in or interested in any aspect of environmental health. Predominantly orientated towards local government with the majority of its members being Environmental Health Officers employed by Scottish Councils, membership also includes community medicine specialists, veterinary surgeons, meat inspectors, public analysts and an increasing number of people employed in industry.
The Institute is an awarding body for qualifications which are available widely in Scotland.
For further details of the Institute contact:
The Chief Executive
The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland
3 Manor Place
Tel: 0131 225 6999 (+44 131 225 6999)