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Change: The Health and Social Care Integration event

30/05/2017 at 09:30am

Join the ALLIANCE, our members and partners at our 2017 annual conference focused on integration and change.  What kind of change is needed? Where are the examples of change happening for the good? Is it happening fast enough in health and social care? What are the factors that drive the kind of change that makes a positive difference to people’s lives? How can we influence change?

The event will focus on putting people firmly at the centre of decision making and will cover broad areas that affect people’s lives.  The programme and venue will be designed around different zones reflecting many of the key issues that most affect the lives of people who live with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers. 

Download your booking form here or call 0141 404 0231 to get support to fill in your form

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 #17change


For more information, please contact:
Rhona Millar on 0141 404 0231 or email

Palliative and end of life care in Scotland: commissioning, public awareness and best practice

25/05/2017 at 09:00am

Attendees at this seminar will have the opportunity to assess progress being made in the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care, and follows the Scottish Government's recent announcement on planned reforms on access to medicines for rare and end of life conditions. 

Sessions will focus on the commissioning of palliative care services by Health and Social Care Partnerships as well as the next steps for improving public awareness, and fostering a clincial culture of openness around death, dying and bereavement. 

Delegates will also consider ways in which to improve the delivery of personalised care, based on examples of best practice, and the role of wider health and social care professionals in doing so. 

The conference will bring together policymakers from the Scottish Government and Parliament along with key stakeholders in health and social care who have an interest in these issues - including both generalist and specialist palliative care professionals - as well as local government, academia, and representatives of the trade and national press. 

Confirmed speakers include: Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive Officer, Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice; Harry Bunch, Member, Expert Voices Group, Marie Curie; Nicola Cotter, Scottish Liaison Advisor, General Medical Council; Craig Cunningham, Head of Commissioning and Performance, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership; Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care; Diana Hekerem, Head of Strategic Commissioning Support, Improvement Hub, Healthcare Improvement Scotland; Dr Euan Paterson, GP Facilitator, Macmillan and Clinical Lead, Greater Glasgow and Clyde Palliative Care MCN; Katharine Ross, National Workforce Lead, Scottish Care and Miriam Watts, Manager, Marie Curie Hospice Glasgow.

Donald Cameron MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.


This event is CPD Certified. 

To book your place at this event and for further information visit the Scotland Policy Conferences website.  >

SPNA Annual Conference 2017

17/05/2017 at 12:00am

Save the date for the Scottish Practice Nurses Association Annual Conference 2017. 

Speakers and programme TBC. 

Next steps for palliative end of life care: choice, standards and reducing inequalities

25/04/2017 at 09:00am

Delegates will consider next steps for improving the quality of end of life palliative care services, including widening choice and reducing variation in access. It takes place in light of the Department for Health's recent commitments to further personalisation of care, greater accessibility for all sections of the population, and to developing innovation in delivery, following the findings of independent review carried out by the Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board in 2015. 

Attendees will also consider the future of relegation in the context of CQC's thematic review on inequalities and end of life care, published in May 2016. Further sessions will look at the impact of the provision of palliative care of commissioning new models of care and Sustainability and Transformation Plans - and at key issues relating to skills, education and workforce development, with new guidance published by the QMC this year. Discussion may also centre around forthcoming priorities for paediatric, palliative and end of life services as NICE finalises its guidelines in this area. 

For further information on this event and to book your place visit the Westminster Forum Project website >.

Delegate tickets cost £210 plus VAT. 

Care of Vulnerable People in Scotland: Innovating to deliver excellence

30/03/2017 at 09:00am

This conference focuses on how innovation in the delivery of care can transform quality of life for the most vulnerable groups in housing care settings. It examines how housing and care can collaborate to provide personalised and specialised accomodation-based alternatives to care homes enabling people to live well in their home as long as possible. 

The most vulnerable groups in need of care support present some of the most challenging opportunities to innovate, promote resilience and foster personal responsibility in home care. A wide range of vulnerable groups depend upon consistent, person-focused care support to live independent and enabled lives in their own homes. The prize for delivering such care is a much more enabled care consumer population - and the opportunity to align personal independence with more efficient and effective care delivery.

The diversity of factors driving care needs is very wide; learning difficulties, mental health problems, homelessness, vulnerable young people, lone parents, domestic abuse, older people, alcohol dependency, long term conditions and more. However they all have two things in common: the right to the best quality of care and potential to be pathfinders in the personalisation of service consumption and delivery.

The strategy for building leadership in Scotland's social services seeks to develop a culture in which creativity and managed risk taking becomes the norm across the social services workforce. The notion of dispersed leadership envisages care expertise at all levels being valued and the use of autonomy and creativity to reshape the delivery and consumption of services.

The conference takes place in the Wheatley Group Lipton Academy - a specialised training innovation centre, uniquely designed as a training venue for both the consumers and deliverers of care services.

Some of the topics the conference will discuss include:

  • Understanding the 'Step into Leadership' approach
  • Case studies in care innovation
  • How housing and care providers can learn from each other
  • Promoting a workforce innovation culture
  • Adapting and designing services around people, not property
  • What does seamless care delivery look like?
  • What role should technology appropriately play in supporting in-home care?

Keynote Speakers:

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government
Martin Glackin, Head of Care, Loretto
Steve McCreadie, CEO, The Lens
Sandra McDonald, The Public Guardian, Office of the Public Guardian, Scotland 
Cathy Fallon, Director, Loretto


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