‘2 Millions Expert Voices’: Listening, Learning and Leading Change

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the ALLIANCE, and to mark the occasion: our annual conference, held in partnership with the Academy will explore how collectively we have can work in partnership achieve greater outcomes for the people of Scotland.

With renewed political energy in Scotland following the 2016 Holyrood election, we’ll look to the future and ways of improving the lives of the two million people across Scotland who are disabled, living with long term conditions and unpaid carers.

Our annual conference will focus on practical ways to hear the voice of lived experience, learn from others about changing support and services for the better and lead from the front in developing new models of care.

Pennie Taylor will chair this event and Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Sport will address delegates.

The agenda for the day can be found here.
Attend if you have an interest in improving health and social care in Scotland.

Register your place today by downloading the conference booking form and returning to event@alliance-scotland.org.uk.

If you would like to keep up to date with the latest news in the run-up to the conference, or contribute on the day, please use the hashtag #2MExperts

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available at the conference.
Please contact the events team for further information on 0141 404 0231 or email event@alliance-scotland.org.uk

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.

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Leading the Commitment – Strengthening Leadership Roles

The new Health and Social Care Partnerships present opportunities for developing leadership at all levels. This was recognised early doors by the Learning Disability Nurse leadership team in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. They obtained funding from NHS Education for Scotland to invite the whole learning disability nurse workforce to a day of inspiration and reflection on their professional responsibilities in the light of the changing landscape of health and social care. The Health and Social Care Academy was invited to provide facilitation at the event through Lisa Curtice of the ALLIANCE’s People Powered Health and Wellbeing (PPHW) Programme.

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Bringing the voice of lived experience to the thinking around the future of health and care

I was Director of Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Scotland when I started blogging. I had wondered about doing a blog for some time but somehow it had never happened and I didn’t really know what my role as a blogger would be. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer again and I found my voice. It was a choice of course. I realised I could be open with regard to my diagnosis or keep it private. Having been through this before with an earlier diagnosis I knew that both take energy. Hiding vulnerability is a precarious business. Somehow for me at least the more I stayed quiet I knew, given such a public role, the harder it would be. So I started my blog. I held it as a boundary between my private and public life and saw my audience ( if anyone read it) to be the women who also went through this and their families. What I didn’t expect was the reaction of my own family to it and how it became valuable to them too.

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Devaluing Values? – The impact of Social Work’s approach to Self Directed Support

The Academy Integration Series

The Health and Social Care Academy Integration series are events focusing on key themes in relation to health and social care integration.

The series will offer a space for us all – including people who use services, frontline staff, service and policy planners and leaders – to share learning, inspiration and collectively seek to address some of the challenges in delivering transformational change.

The event

Is it time to consider whether the values underpinning SDS are being devalued by the agency entrusted to uphold them?

The revolution in social care towards an individualised support framework has shifted the role of social workers in the direction of enablers of self-directed outcomes by supporting people to take control of their own lives. However, with the financial restrictions currently impacting on local authorities, this role is often perceived to be a gate-keeping function.

Together, by combining the pilot experience of the SDS Road Testers with an overview of the current issues facing social work across Scotland, the GDA and the Academy aim to reflect on the values of a profession traditionally intended to support people who have long term conditions to live in the community. Contributing to the event, Dee Fraser, CCPS will give a perspective on the future role of social work.

Who should attend?

  • People who are disabled or live with long term conditions
  • Social workers who wish to share their views about their profession
  • Third sectors stakeholders in SDS
  • Representatives from academic institutions.

To sign up to this event please email event@alliance-scotland.org.uk

There will be twitter commentary throughout the event, join in using #devaluingvalues – @ALLIANCEScot / @GDA_online

Podcast: Health and Social Care – An Australian Perspective

The latest Academy podcast features Ronda Held, Manager at COTA Australia, the peak advocacy body working on behalf of older Australians. Her role involves supporting people and providers of home care support across Australia to implement Consumer Directed Support (or self-directed support as it is known here).

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Realise, Recognise and Re-Define

Laura McCluskey reflects on her time spent at the Health and Social Care Academy and how we can all Be Part of the Change.

The Academy provides a focal point for all-sector approaches to health and social care.  Through the Academy, we focus on those relational (rather than structural or operational) aspects of change and use the space as a mutual support to help us navigate through the complex, challenging and ever changing landscape of health and social care integration. Read More “Realise, Recognise and Re-Define”

‘People need people’ – Exploring the role of neighbourhoods in addressing loneliness

The second in the Health and Social Care Academy’s ‘Being Human’ series of podcasts seeks to explore an issue which has the potential to affect us all, in different ways and at different times in our lives – loneliness.

During the interview,Tracey Robbins, Programme Manager with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reflects on the insights generated by their ‘Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness’ programme.

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Embracing the Future of Health and Social Care in Scotland; International Lessons for Scotland Storify


On 5th November 2014 The Health and Social Care Academy hosted a Masterclass with Derek Feeley, Executive Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston. Part of the Being Human Series of events, in partnership with the Joint Improvement Team, What Works Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Storify of the event which took place on 5th November 2014.