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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. 

Contributions include:

  • Health Journalist Pennie Taylor (event chair)
  • Shona Robison, Cabinet Secreatry for Health and Sport.

Our zones are:

  • Health and Care
  • Digital and Innovation
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Money, Work and Wellbeing
  • Homes, Heat and Health
  • Transport and Independance
  • Social Dis(Connections)
  • Green, Blue and Wild spaces
  • Creative
  • Drop In
  • Film Zone
  • Exhibiton zone

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.  >

Involving Users in Developing Health Information

17/05/2017 at 09:30am

The Patient Information Forum ( believes that patients and carers should be seen as essential partners in the production of health information. Their needs and experience bring a unique perspective – without it there is no guarantee that the information produced will be relevant or easy to understand. 

Patients see things that aren’t seen by health care professionals and they see things differently.  Knowing the signs and symptoms of a chronic condition is very different to knowing what it’s like to live with it.  Both types of knowledge are essential in producing high quality information. 

If you  would like to develop your knowledge in this important area, please join us on Wednesday 17 May 2017 to learn more about how you can successfully engage users in the development of your resources. The event will share practical case studies and learning, and will support participants to consider:

  • Understanding user needs
  • How to involve users at each step of information resource development
  • How to involve disadvantaged groups, and/or go beyond talking to the most engaged users
  • Taking a co-production approach
  • Different methods for engaging and seeking feedback from users

PIF's events are a great opportunity to network with others working in the field of health information and support.  A dedicated networking session will encourage delegates to share how you involve users and what challenges you face.

Stay up-to-date with the latest event news via Twitter @PiFonline and the conference hashtag #PIFinvolving.

Further details and information of how to book to attend this event can be found at:

For more information, please contact:
Nicole Naylor on

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.