Future Leaders’ Vision of Health and Social Care in Scotland

‘We need your views to shape the vision of health and social care in Scotland.’


Future Leaders’ Vision of Health and Social Care In Scotland – West of Scotland Regional Hub

The Health and Social Care Academy and educational providers are hosting an event on Wednesday 7th December at the Paisley campus of the University of the West of Scotland, 11am – 3pm with lunch provided.

We are looking for a cross sector of future leaders who are studying health and social care and those with experience of health and social care services to take part in discussions about how services should look and ways of making this happen. This is an opportunity to be involved in exciting transformational change that will make lasting changes to people’s lives. This event will inform a national Think Tank in early 2017, which will bring together future and current leaders.

At the event we will be exploring these four questions and giving you the opportunity to share your views:

  • What is your vision of the future?
  • What will help you realise your future?
  • What do you see as the current obstacles and opportunities?
  • What are your recommendations for how the current system needs to change?

In order to ensure an equal spread of students in health and social care and those with lived experience, we are asking potential participants when registering their interest to self-select the option that describes them best and we will notify you when you have been selected.

You can register your interest for our West Regional Hub on the 7th December via our Eventbrite page.

Further information regarding the East and North Regional Hubs will be released shortly.

Co-production Week Scotland

Co-production Week Scotland 2016, running from the 14th – 20th November, highlights the co-production approach, shares the vision for co-production in Scotland and celebrates examples of it in practice on a local and a national level.

This week Ashleigh de Verteuil, Policy and Information Intern – People Powered Health and Wellbeing and Dementia Carer Voices at the ALLIANCE, provides a snapshot of where we are with co-production in health and social care across Scotland.

Co-production. Either love the word, or hate the word, it is increasingly being recognised as the transformational change health and social care services need. Auditor General Caroline Gardner has backed the use of co-production at a local level across Scotland as a means to better recognising what works for people in health and social care.

Giving evidence to the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee on Audit Scotland’s recent NHS in Scotland 2016 report, Ms Gardner responded to questioning by Gail Ross MSP by noting that some NHS Boards were involving people by “not just consulting on plans but involving people in developing those plans.”  She also noted that the NHS in Scotland “can’t do too much of that”.

In an online survey which 60 health and social care professionals completed, we asked ‘how important should using a co-production approach in your role be?’

copro-ashPPHW Survey: Health and Social Care Staff’s response for the importance of using a co-production approach

The survey presented a situation where professionals at a strategic and frontline level are at the early stages of adopting co-production approaches, and feel as if they are making progress, but acknowledge that they face a number of barriers to developing their engagement further.

And that’s exactly what People Powered Health and Wellbeing want to tackle, to help embed co-production approaches across Health and Social Care Partnerships. This would result in shifting the balance of power, to enable people with long term conditions and disabilities to be recognised as experts in their own health.

Results from PPHW survey also showed that respondents identified access to online examples of good practice as a helpful means of support, as well as co-production masterclasses, training conferences and events. They also identified the potential for practical development and consultancy support. The ALLIANCE can, therefore, play a key role as a hub for co-production work; producing materials and tools, sharing information, news and good practice, and brokering and supporting links between practitioners.



Making decisions for the long term

Decisions are made to shape health care for generations to come, rather than focussing on short-term goals.

That’s one of the five things which RCN Scotland’s 2016 manifesto Nursing Scotland’s Future: Professional voices, practical solutions asks those standing for election on 5th May to commit to.

Candidates from all parties have added their name to the Nursing Scotland’s Future campaign, but as polling day draws closer, the question is: how far will the next Parliament go to ensure that Scotland’s healthcare services are fit for the future?

Because if there is a genuine will to transform Scotland’s health and healthcare services, tinkering around the edges will not cut it. There needs to be a new definition of success in health, and ensuring that patients’ longer-term outcomes take centre stage is a good place to start.

Last year, for the first time, RCN Scotland and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland spoke with a single voice on the urgent need to ensure the future sustainability of the NHS.  One of the arguments RCN put forward was that targets – and other measures that shape priorities in our health and care services – need an urgent overhaul. Why? Because RCN believes that success should mean better outcomes for patients, and the sustainable improvement of services.  And current targets don’t work like that.

In the past, targets have improved care in the NHS, but what we see and hear from our members is that those same targets are now leading to waste and skewed priorities. When funding is tight and demand is growing, Scotland’s services simply can’t afford to keep working in the same way.

RCN wants the focus to move away from looking at numbers and processes and instead concentrate on sustainable services which deliver better outcomes for patients.

But it’s difficult to know how exactly success should be measured. That’s why this year RCN asked six leading thinkers in Scotland to answer the question ‘If Scotland’s current framework of NHS targets has had its day, what next?’ The responses were all unique and thoughtful.

Lisa Curtice from the ALLIANCE, for example, said we need to radically reimagine Scotland’s health and social care services to focus on relationships, assets and personal outcomes, trusting “that the whole will be bigger than the sum of the parts, that the only outcome that counts is whether the person’s wellbeing is enhanced or maintained”. She also said “that no one discipline or service has all the answers.”

With Lisa’s words in mind, RCN has been out speaking to colleagues from across health and social care – NHS, local authorities and the third and independent sectors. The views, knowledge and experiences that people have shared are now helping to shape RCN’s views on targets and how Scotland can better define, measure and invest in success.

In June, shortly after Scotland’s Parliament sits again and as the Government cogs begin to turn, RCN will set out some principles which could shape the future of targets. That work will hopefully find some common ground amongst health and social care colleagues, as well as with the public and politicians, so that Scotland can adopt a new approach to targets – one which will genuinely, and sustainably, improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities across the country.

National Conversation on a Healthier Scotland – South Lanarkshire

The ALLIANCE and Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire would like to invite you to a Conversation Café hosted in partnership with the Health and Social Care Academy.

This pop up café will be held in the Town House, Hamilton on 1 February 2016 at 10am arrival for a 10.30am start until 12.30pm.

The conversation café is an opportunity for citizens to engage with each other and share their views on:

  • What is needed to help you live well in the future?
  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?

Following the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement at our recent Citizen Wellbeing Assembly of a National Conversation on creating a healthier Scotland, the café will provide an opportunity for constructive conversations around health and wellbeing which will form part of a dialogue on the future of health and social care in Scotland.

The ALLIANCE is committed to working with Scottish Government to ensure that all voices are heard, especially seldom heard voices and those of people with lived experience. Your views matter and are key to the conversation. This is the first of a series of events across Scotland to give a voice to those who use support and services.

Please help us share details of this event.  If you are interested in attending and contributing, please register with Eventbrite to confirm your place or call 0141 404 0231.

Palliative Care: from acute to the community

On Monday 18th January, the Academy hosted the next event in our Integration Series. This event, hosted in partnership with Marie Curie, focussed on the theme of palliative care. The presentations and panel discussions covered service development in an integrated setting, the difference good palliative care can make and the Scottish Government’s recently published Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care.

We asked delegates to share with us some of their questions and reflections about the future of palliative care in an integrated setting and these were their thoughts.

Read More “Palliative Care: from acute to the community”

Five Provocations for the Future of Health and Social Care

Following our Think Tank on creating wellbeing in October, we are delighted to be able to share this graphic report setting out our five provocations for the future of health and social care. The Think Tank brought together leaders from across Scottish society to discuss the question “What is needed to transform Scottish society so that all citizens are able to thrive?” Having analysed the discussions, five themes emerged: Courageous leadership; Nurturing transformation; Emphasising humanity, values and flourishing; Target culture and Ceding power.

Click here to download the graphic report.

Read More “Five Provocations for the Future of Health and Social Care”

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.