Find out more about the range of workshops offered at Our Voice, Our Rights, Our Future - ALLIANCE Annual Conference.

Morning workshops (11:40 – 12:45)

Citizen Assemblies: “Shaping the future of health and social care through inclusive decision making” 
For our society to thrive, people must be at the centre of decision making. We need to continue to work together to ensure the right support and structures are in place. Citizens assemblies provide an opportunity to influence improvement on issues that may be complex, by bringing together a representative body of individuals. 

Panelists will share their expertise and experience of how citizen assemblies can promote deliberative democracy. Through an engaging discussion with real-life examples, panelists will highlight the importance of inclusive, informed and representative decision-making processes to shape the future of health and social care.  

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how citizens assemblies can influence better outcomes across health and social care and how future decision making can and should be based on diverse perspectives.  

This workshop will be of interest to: 

  • Professionals with a role in participation and engagement 
  • Policy makers 
  • Individuals interested to hear more about opportunities to share their experience to help inform change 

Policy, Manifestos and Influencing Government  
Join the ALLIANCE’s Policy and Public Affairs team for an opportunity to learn more about our policy priorities and work to get government to listen to and act on members’ concerns. 

The session will also be an opportunity to discuss your priorities for the parties in the imminent UK General Election and working together to influence their manifestos. We’ll also share our plans for an ALLIANCE manifesto for the election for your thoughts and suggestions. 

This workshop will be of interest to: 

  • Policy and Public Affairs/Parliamentary staff 
  • Members with an interest in influencing government 
  • Members with issues to highlight in the UK General Election 

Strengthening global health: Keeping medicine research person-centred  
As demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination programmes, research and innovation, and clinical trials are life-saving tools which are crucial to strong global health. Medicine research and development must continue to improve patient outcomes by keeping patients at the heart of this work.  

The session will hear from experts at the frontline of developing new medicines. One such expert is Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist for Health, who will offer her invaluable expertise to enhance our understanding of clinical trials and medicine development. 

Panelists will discuss the challenges and complexities of clinical trials and the ways in which health research is constantly improving. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to hear firsthand about innovative research into new medicines and the value of keeping this work person-centred.  

This workshop will be of interest to: 

  • Professionals with experience in global health and medical research  
  • Policy makers and researchers  
  • Individuals with an interest in learning about innovative new medicine research  

Bad choices or poor options?: Tackling stigma
Join the ALLIANCE, Simon Community Scotland and Fast Forward for an interactive session exploring stigma and discrimination. We will exploring tackling stigma by shifting the narrative from lifestyle choices and personal responsibility to societal accountability and better options.

The session will explore how narratives around health and wellbeing which emphasise lifestyle choices and personal responsibility can perpetuate stigma. Learn from examples where people are using reframing, capacity building and awareness raising to tackle stigma and discrimination. And discuss how we can instead shift the narrative towards improving policy, regulation, and the options available to people.

This session will touch upon the topics of: Gambling Harm; Cancer; Homelessness; Substance Use; and Human Rights.

This workshop will be of interest to:

  • Policy makers and researchers with an interest in understanding stigma.
  • Those interested in learning about how communications plays a role in shaping societal views.
  • People with a desire to hear about practical examples of tackling stigma.

Unmet need and health inequalities: Strengthening our communities through partnership working  

A decade ago, the Community Links Worker Programme (CLWP) was established with GPs at the Deep End and the ALLIANCE. The main aim of the CLWP is to mitigate the impact of social determinants of health, supporting people to live well in their communities. Over the past 10 years, identified gaps in service provision has led to examples of partnership working between the CLWP, the third sector, and primary care. These partnerships aim to address health inequalities, strengthening local communities as a result.    

This workshop brings together the CLWP, GPs at the End, and the Moira Anderson Foundation to discuss the importance of promoting partnership working tackling unmet need in Scotland’s most deprived communities. With present funding constraints, it is important to consider how can we still work together to best support the communities we serve. 

This workshop will be of interest to: 

  • Professionals working across third sector and primary care 
  • Policy makers and funders 
  • People with an interest in health inequalities 

Networking and Connecting Café 
The ALLIANCE annual conference networking and connecting café is an opportunity to meet, connect or reconnect with people, new or known. The session will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and make contacts that can plant seeds to flourishing relationships to support common interests and themes. 

The session will be an interactive and co-designed space for all of us participating, to take a moment to stop, breath and exchange your experiences and knowledge. Commencing with time for impromptu networking and introductions which can inform small group themed discussions, with outcomes and connections captured to support your reflections and next steps.     

Bring your ideas and experiences and join us to be part of our Networking and Connecting Café

This session will be of interest to:  

  • Individuals with an interest in sharing ideas, learning and making new connections. 

Afternoon workshops (13:30 – 14:40)

An equitable future: Keeping people at the centre of health and social care  
Join the Health and Social Care Academy for a creative and participatory session which which will explore how we can collectively work to create a more sustainable and equitable health and social care system.  

The ‘Five Ambitions for the Future of Health and Care‘ identify the conditions crucial to achieving long-term, meaningful change within health and social care. This workshop will introduce these and spotlight case studies of The Ambitions in action to demonstrate how this change is possible.

This session provides a space to promote deeper thinking and discussion about the first steps we need to take on our journey of transformational change towards a society in which people and wellbeing remain firmly at the centre.  

This workshop will be of interest to:  

  • People with an interest in collaborative conversations about the future of health and care
  • Decision makers working in health and care  
  • People with lived experience 

Communication is a human right
Good communication is a key part of successful self management. It is a fundamental part of our day-to-day lives, ensuring that our needs are met.

Join the Scottish Sensory Hub, the Self Management teams, and experts through lived experience. We will explore different approaches to communication and discuss how a person-centred approach has brought about impactful and important change. The Scottish Sensory Hub will share their research into accessible information and inclusive communication practices.  

We will use case studies to discuss different approaches and communication methods and consider our own stories and communication preferences. This will be a discursive workshop highlighting best practice and lived experience, which will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to communicate more effectively with others.

This workshop will be of interest to: 

  • People who want to increase their understanding and awareness of accessible information and inclusive communication. 
  • People with an interest in human rights, communication, and self management. 
  • People with an interest in supporting people with lived experience of Deafness, Deafblindness, and visual impairment. 

Navigating the digital divide: Is digital good or bad for you?  
Whilst there is evidence to support the positive impact of digital health and social care interventions, simultaneously digital apps, tools and websites can have a negative impact on people’s wellbeing.  

For every intervention out there, such as NHS endorsed apps such as ‘Sleepio’ and ‘Daylight’, there can be dangers involved which often make headlines in mainstream media. Indeed, research supports the negative impacts of social media on people’s levels of anxiety and other mental health issues.  These negative impacts can particularly affect those who have little experience of the internet. 

This session will discuss strategies to maximise the benefits while mitigating the risks of digital interventions in health and social care. 

This workshop will be of interest to: 

  • Digital enthusiasts 
  • Digital sceptics 
  • People with experience of providing and/or using digital health and social care services.   

Environmentally sustainable care: The effects of climate change on health and social care
Join Design HOPES to explore how “good health and social care is environmentally sustainable care”. 

The Scottish government has pledged to be a net zero nation by 2045, and the health and social care sector has a responsibility in reducing our carbon footprint and supporting sustainable innovation. We also recognise that climate change undermines many social determinants of health, contributing to increasing rates of health conditions and putting pressure on care systems. 

This session will give an overview of the challenges we are facing within climate action, as well as the current solutions and innovations being developed to emphasis prevention and develop low-carbon alternatives.  

This session is for people interested in: 

  • An overview of the challenges within climate action and the contribution of the health and social care sector to climate change. 
  • Climate innovation and solutions in the health and social care system. 
  • Understanding how health of the planet is inherently linked to our health and wellbeing. 

Measuring What Matters

Join IFIC Scotland, the Scottish Government, and Health and Social Care Scotland to discuss our national health and wellbeing outcomes.

The current suite of nine outcomes and core indicators was published in 2015 as a strategic framework for planning and delivery of health and social care services, and as a mechanism for the performance management of integrated health and social care. Together, they were intended to focus on the difference that integrated health and social care should make to the quality of care and services provided and the experiences of people using those services, carers, and their families. Each Health and Social Care Partnership is required to publish an annual performance report   which sets out how these outcomes are being improved in their local communities.

Almost 10 years on, is it time to refresh these outcomes and indicators? Are they really measuring what matters?

This session will be of interest to:

  • People with lived experience of health and social care
  • Clinicians and managers from HSCPs
  • Third sector partners

Networking and Connecting Café 

The ALLIANCE annual conference networking and connecting café is an opportunity to meet, connect or reconnect with people, new or known. The session will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and make contacts that can plant seeds to flourishing relationships to support common interests and themes. 

The session will be an interactive and co-designed space for all of us participating, to take a moment to stop, breath and exchange your experiences and knowledge. Commencing with time for impromptu networking and introductions which can inform small group themed discussions, with outcomes and connections captured to support your reflections and next steps.     

Bring your ideas and experiences and join us to be part of our Networking and Connecting Café

This session will be of interest to:

  • Individuals with an interest in sharing ideas, learning and making new connections. 

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