ACTION needed to support health and social care integration

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 3rd September 2018

On 4 June 2018, 364 delegates gathered in Glasgow to talk 'action' at Scotland’s annual Health and Social Care Integration event. 

The conference was indeed action-packed with nine keynote speakers, 18 workshops delivered by 66 contributors, and 28 exhibitors.  162 organisations from the third, private and public sectors were represented. The buzz is highlighted in the image above.

This short video (this link will take you away from our website) gives a brief overview of the day. The event trended on Twitter in the UK, with #action18 tweeted over 1,651 times. Have a look at the review of the day through the eyes of Twitter.

Everyone wants ACTION

Chaired by health journalist and broadcaster Pennie Taylor, the 2nd Health and Social Care Integration Event was opened by performance poet Shaun Moore, who read his poem specially written for the event – ‘Action Speaks Louder than Words..’

How do we turn good intent into action? An inspiring example came from Fiona McKenzie, Chief Executive of Centrestage and a performance from the amazing choir Catalyst Voices (this link will take you away from our website) – a group that aims to help break the cycle of re-offending through music.

Fiona, who is (ironically) labelled as the ‘piano wummin’, talked about the need to stop labeling people, and how support should be available based on the requirements of the person, not their background or long term conditions. Although it is important to acknowledge the past, it’s the future that is important and society must support people to achieve their full potential.

With action in mind, four inspiring speakers talked about their experiences of action in integration.

  • Rhona Hotchkiss, Governor of Greenock Prison, called for systems built on pragmatism and compassion.
  • Lynn Williams, an unpaid carer, spoke about how the integration of health and social care needs to be founded on humanity and build trust.
  • Derek Todd, BSL Consultant at deafscotland, spoke about communication for all and how we should strive to make Scotland an inclusive nation.
  • Annemargaret Black, Head of Community Health and Care Services in East Ayrshire, said early intervention, communication and partnership is key for change – “be a red-tape buster” she urged health and social care staff.

After a lively discussion building on the keynote speakers’ perspectives, delegates moved on to workshops. These explored a range of live issues relevant to people living with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers.

Formats included discussion sessions, interactive activities and opportunities to hear more based around the following zones: Active, Brexit, Design, Outcomes, Learning, Human Rights, Gaun Yersel, Young People and Community.

More ACTION is needed

Michael Russell MSP, then Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, delivered the keynote speech on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The Minister spoke about the experiences of integration over the past two years and highlighted the third sector’s contribution to this.  He noted that Integration Authorities are responsible for managing £8million of resources and leading innovations in planning, commissioning and design of services.

The Minister covered a broad range of topics, including the importance of anticipatory and preventative care and next steps for integration in Scotland, looking at what’s working and where progress still needs to happen.

Performance poet Shaun Moore helped close the event. At the end, he shared his reflections on the day and his take on health and social care integration. Of the title of the Self Management Strategy, ‘Gaun Yersel’, he said “It’s an affirmation, captures the ethos of empowerment better than a jargon labelled mission statement.”

Social reporting captured conference participants’ views and opinions .  Delegates were asked why action is needed in health and social care and to prioritise one action that would improve health and social care.

One participant summed up the event perfectly to say that there isOngoing recognition and value in working together, sharing, listening to those with lived experience and acting on it.”

Let’s make ACTION happen together!

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