Debate about future of Social Care is Vital

Social work and social care are not valued enough and neither is there enough anger about the poor outcomes experienced by disabled people and unpaid carers says Lynn Williams, Unpaid Carer.

I was very privileged to have the opportunity to speak at the recent ALLIANCE event focussing on the recent Audit Scotland report “Social Work in Scotland”.  Read More “Debate about future of Social Care is Vital”

Podcast: Target Culture – Measuring success?

Across the UK, the NHS, in particular, has often been accused of using “external stimuli such as targets” when attempting to make significant change.

Recently, the Health and Social Care Academy of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and The Royal College of Nursing Scotland hosted a round table debate on changing our targets culture.

Following the event the ALLIANCE and RCN Scotland wrote to Shona Robison MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, about targets and a Scottish Government review to be led by Sir Harry Burns.

In the latest Academy podcast we hear from Hugh Henry, a former Scottish Executive Minister and MSP, on the challenges of a “target culture” and what we need to do to create a culture that enables change.

Podcast: Ceding power – Participatory Budgeting

What does ceding power mean in practice?

In the latest Academy podcast we hear from Alistair Stoddart, Scotland Network Manager at the Democratic Society, about how participatory budgeting (PB), a practical tool to support community decision making in resource allocation, is progressing across Scotland.

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Podcast: Courageous Leadership – “Walking The Journey With Others”

How can courageous leadership support health and social care integration?

In the latest Academy podcast we hear directly from Anne Houston, Director of Coaching for Life Limited, who is an experienced facilitator of leadership development programmes, to consider how leadership can encourage transformational change.  Anne offers us her thoughts on the conditions required to put these principles at the forefront and how leadership can be enabling of others within the new landscape.

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Creating health and wellbeing in the communities we care for – a student nurse’s perspective

When I saw the Health and Social Care Academy was hosting an event with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on creating wellbeing in Scotland, I knew that I had to attend. As a student nurse in my final year writing my dissertation on health inequalities, the opportunity to watch politics in the moment on such pertinent health and social care issues was too good to resist.

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