Aims & Objectives

Aim of NICHI

To strengthen links between PHA and local communities in order to support local communities, through a community development approach, to address health and social wellbeing issues and reduce health inequalities through signposting, building capacity and strengthening local accountability to develop healthy, sustainable communities and health champions.

Aim of Health Alliance

To provide a mechanism for community groups, voluntary and statutory sectors to network, share information and best practice, engage in evidence based health improvement, access training and capacity building opportunities and contribute to shaping the health improvement agenda.

NICHI Objectives

NICHI Model / Framework – Communities Improving Health

  • To implement the NICHI model ‘Communities Improving Health’ / framework with identified communities within the Northern locality

Health Alliance

  • To further develop the Health Alliance to ensure it is effective and meaningful to communities and statutory organisations in shaping the health and social wellbeing improvement agenda eg regular Ezine


  • Promote and support quality, best practice health related training and education programmes opportunities within local communities
  • Commission and support the delivery of quality, best practice training programmes on; Our Community, Healthy Behaviours and Strengthening Collaboration within the local communities


    • To promote and support funding opportunities within local communities

Partnership Working

  • To continue partnership working and engagement with stakeholders in supporting local communities address health and social wellbeing issues and reduce health inequalities, in conjunction with PHA

Best Practice / Capacity Building

  • To develop NICHI and Health Alliance networking opportunities and events as a planned approach across the Northern Locality to share information, best practice, build capacity and sustainability
  • To provide support to communities in relation to specific Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement themes at Northern locality level, in line with PHA thematic areas

Monitoring and Review

  • Continue to implement effective monitoring, review and evaluation of the NICHI project, including the Health Alliance and the NICHI model /framework