Academy Secret Bloggers

The Health and Social Care Academy aims to bring to the fore the voices of people with lived experience of accessing health and social care services and others who are involved with or interested in the field, to drive transformational change and spread innovative ideas.

To support this, the Academy is recruiting ‘Secret Bloggers’. We want you to share your views and experiences honestly and anonymously, without restriction or fear of repercussions, regardless of how controversial or challenging your opinions are. These will be shared with a wide audience through the  Academy’s blog and social media channels to provoke conversation and debate on the future of health and social care.

If you would like to be involved, or to find out more, please email

Video: Academy Think Tank

On 27 October 2015, the Health and Social Care Academy hosted a Think Tank on the theme “Creating wellbeing: what is needed to transform Scottish society so that all citizens are able to thrive?” The video below provides an overview of the day and features interviews with some of the contributors.

Thank you to the University of the West of Scotland’s journalism students for this footage.

What more is needed to ensure lived experience is at the heart of integration?

On Wednesday 2nd December, the Academy hosted an event called ‘Putting personal experience at the heart of integration’ as part of our Integration Series. The evening was chaired by Lisa Curtice, Director of the ALLIANCE’s People Powered Health and Wellbeing (PPHW) Programme and featured provocations by David Howie and Linda Jane McLean from the PPHW Reference Group, Louise Christie from the Scottish Recovery Network and Andy Crawford from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Read More “What more is needed to ensure lived experience is at the heart of integration?”

TFN live: Online debate on the future of health and social care

In partnership with the Health and Social Care Academy, TFN is hosting a live debate on the future of health in Scotland. You can get involved by sending questions in advance to or joining the debate live on the day. Following @ThirdForceNews or @HandSCAcademy on Twitter to get the latest updates about this event.

The Panel will include:
Cath Cooney, an individual living with long term conditions who sits on the Academy Programme Board.
Jaqui Reid, Programme Director, Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team within the ALLIANCE.
Annie Gunner Logan, Director, Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland.

Other panelists will be confirmed on the day.

The event has now been but you can read the whole thing in full either through our Facebook page…

Or on the TFN website…