ALLIANCE Live: Children and Young People

Section: the ALLIANCE Location: Online Date of event: 26/06/2019 at 9:30 - 10:00

ALLIANCE Live is a new information and learning portal bringing you the latest in the progress of health and social care integration.

ALLIANCE Live will deliver a range of outputs including regular webinars that present the innovative work within health and social care, recording podcasts with panelists who have both professional and lived experience of integrated working.

This ALLIANCE Live event will be the very first in a series of webinars that seeks to explore how integration is taking shape through various themes of health and social care. The first of these themes is ‘Children and Young People.’ We have two panelists presenting on this:

  • Susan Walls, Scotland Manager for Contact

Susan Walls joined Contact, the charity for families with disabled children as the Scotland Manager in 2013. Susan’s background began with a science degree, a postgrad and primary teaching in Northern Ireland. In Contact, Susan is responsible for shaping and managing the information services for parent carers across Scotland, working in partnership and engaging in the policy agenda to influence legislation and services for families with disabled children. Susan is vice chair of for Scotland’s Disabled Children Coalition’s co-ordination group, member of the Disabled Children & Young People Advisory Group and chairs the ALLIANCE GIRFEC Advisory Group.

As a senior manager in Contact, a UK charity, Susan mentors the Northern Ireland (NI) manager and is involved in shaping services for Contact in NI. This adds to Susan’s knowledge and learning on policy and practice from the rest of UK and helps to continually improve work in Scotland, now focusing on the information in early years and reaching parents as early as possible in their role, to increase getting it right first time with the right support.

  • Gillian Meens, Service Manager ‑ Young People and Families at Versus Arthritis

Gill Meens, Young People and Families Scotland Service Manager, has been involved in the service for 10 years. First as a participant, then a peer support volunteer before joining the staff team in 2013.

Gill has seen the service in Scotland grow from one project delivering 3 events per year to two programmes of work delivering 20 events, supporting 10-25 year olds, staff embedded in rheumatology clinics and winning awards for its work. One of those awards was a Self Management Award for partnership working with the Rheumatology team in Aberdeen. The service is continually growing and developing this element of work which builds on the integration framework with service staff embedded in the rheumatology multi-disciplinary teams.

The ALLIANCE Live webinars will be a short 30 minute format with panelists given 10 minutes to present on their own work. This will then be followed by a Q & A session where the audience will be given an opportunity to ask the panel to give further insight.

To sign up to our first webinar which will be hosted via Zoom please follow the following link:

Register to ALLIANCE Live: Children and Young People (this link will take you away from our website).

Event details

Time:9:30 - 10:00

For more details contact

Name:Integration Support Team
Phone number:0141 404 0231
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