Health Impact Assessment
RPS delivers robust Health Impact Assessments at the strategic, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and local-planning level.
Investigating potential health issues early in a project provides greater benefits to clients than adopting a reactive and possibly defensive role at a later stage. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is an aid to decision-making and is the best way to distinguish the actual impacts from perceived risks.
We are well qualified to conduct HIA, being one of the few major consultancies with the in-house expertise necessary to produce assessments that will withstand legal and planning scrutiny. Our HIA team is adept at developing innovative and robust assessments on challenging projects, ranging from the first power station under the UK`s New Nuclear Programme, through to surface mines, airport expansions, and national waste and transport strategies.
Such a catalogue of high profile case studies is testament to the capability and flexibility of the RPS HIA team, demonstrating the quality and continual development of best practice that characterises RPS` services. Our HIA team is guiding clients through a time of transition in public health, with the abolition of Primary Care Trusts, and localism creating opportunities for improved health-conscious planning, which can be effectively evidenced and supported using HIA.