The ALLIANCE is the national third sector health and social care intermediary. It brings together nearly 500 organisations and over 1300 individuals to ensure the voice of people who are disabled or living with long term conditions and their unpaid carers, and the expertise of the third sector, are influential in shaping policy and practice. Members include large, national support providers as well as small, local volunteer-led groups. Many NHS Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships are associate members.
The ALLIANCE is a strategic partner of the Scottish Government and has close working relationships with national health and social care bodies, including NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Health Council. The organisation represents the third sector on a range of key strategic activity, including the 2020 Vision Advisory Board, the Dementia Implementation and Strategy Group, and Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP).
The ALLIANCE has a track record of helping bring about lasting, transformational change through the self management agenda and more recently the Health and Social Care Academy. By harnessing the capacity of people who are disabled, living with long term conditions and their unpaid carers across Scotland, the ALLIANCE and its members have helped to change policy, practice and the culture of services.
The ALLIANCE has a number of work streams that are closely aligned with the person centredness agenda, including work on health and social care integration, Third Sector health and Social Care Support Team and the the National Links Worker programme. Find a full list of all ALLIANCE programmes here.
All of this work is intended to contribute to: improving outcomes, including supporting human rights and independent living; building capacity of individuals, families and communities; shifting to preventative investment; integrating services; and developing a sustainable approach in the face of falling resources and rising need.