ALLIANCE Live round up 25 June – 1 July

Type: News Item Date Published: 1st July 2020
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We interviewed GPs about the Near Me platform, spoke to experts about supported employment and shared a physiotherapy class.

GPs discuss use of NHS Near Me platform

In this video interview, GPs Moira Kennedy and Ben Inch are joined by Clinical Lead for House of Care and fellow GP Graham Kramer in a conversation around their experiences of using the video consultation platform Near Me and how they have integrated this in their remote working practice.

Watch the full GP Near Me interview now on the ALLIANCE YouTube Channel (this link will take you away from our website)

The impact of COVID-19 on supported employment

To mark Employability Day we were joined for a podcast by Alistair Kerr, Director and Chair from BASE Scotland and David Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment. The podcast explores the impact of the pandemic on supported employment and looks to the future. The BASE Network supports disabled and disadvantaged people across the UK and Europe utilising sustainable procurement legislation supporting an inclusive growth strategy to transform the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people across Scotland.

Listen to the supported employment discussion on AnchorFM (this link will take you away from our website)

Blythe Robertson discusses the COVID-19 SMS Shielding service

This week we released an interview with Blythe Robertson, General Manager of Policy and Partnerships at NHS Education for Scotland’s Digital Service (NDS).

The conversation focused on the COVID-19 text message shielding service. This service was developed by NDS to help get groceries, medicines and essential information delivered to people across Scotland during the pandemic.

In the interview, Blythe covered the development of the service and the reasoning behind choosing SMS over digital. He also speaks about the importance of equality and diversity considerations, overcoming data challenges and what their plans are for the future, as we’re starting to come out of lockdown and move towards more complicated messaging.

Watch Blythe Robertson’s interview on the ALLIANCE YouTube channel (this link will take you away from our website)

Wellbeing Wednesday – At home exercise

For Wellbeing Wednesday this week we have taster of MS Therapy Centre Lothian’s online classes with physiotherapist Gillian Robinson. This short video is a great introduction if you are interested in becoming more active at home but are unsure of the best way to approach it. The gentle exercises are designed for people with an MS diagnosis but you don’t need to have MS to join the classes or find them useful.

Watch the Wellbeing Wednesday physiotherapy class on the ALLIANCE YouTube channel (this link will take you away from our website).

Social Enterprise and COVID-19

Chris Martin, the Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Scotland joined the ALLIANCE Live podcast as a guest to discuss how the sector has been effected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris describes the positives of seeing greater support and collaboration both internally and externally with Government and other sectors as well as the negatives of businesses inevitably having to close their doors. The conversation steers itself to looking into the future and Chris provides his view on what measures are needed to give social enterprises a boost as they begin to emerge from the pandemic.

Listen to the discussion on social enterprise on AnchorFM (this link will take you away from our website)

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