David’s story, presented at the Academy’s event on the benefits of prevention in health and social care, inevitably invokes equal measures of sympathy, frustration and dismay. It is a story in which many professionals were ‘only doing their job’, or perhaps, no more than their job requires. Missed signs, missed connections and missed opportunities all conspired towards a man who was gravely mentally ill spending weeks in a prison cell because, during his crisis, his home had been condemned and social work, primary care and mental health services failed to respond effectively.
The latest event in the Academy’s Integration Series, The Power of Prevention, took place on Monday 25th January. A diverse range of delegates from across sectors came together at the Serenity Cafe in Edinburgh and fuelled by some delicious haggis, neeps and tatties (it was Burns’ Night after all) we set about exploring the cost effectiveness of preventative approaches to health and wellbeing.
Time and again, we hear that preventative projects work and yet nothing changes and resources continue to be targeted at acute care.The integration of health and social care services provides us with a unique opportunity to rethink how best to meet the needs of communities across Scotland, and importantly to embed the values of prevention and anticipation into the commissioning of support and services.
This event, held in partnership with the Serenity Café, will:
– Show how cost-effective preventative approaches are in comparison to crisis response
– Challenge attendees to put their money where their mouth is and decide which services to invest in given a pot of money
– Highlight one innovative example of funding outcome-focused preventative work: Perth and District YMCA’s social impact bond
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your space.