Designing for Integration

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 4th September 2018

At the ALLIANCE, Action: The 2nd Health and Social Care Integration event, delegates attended workshops in different zones.

The zones showcased people and organisations working on innovative, engaging and co-produced projects that aim to improve outcomes for people who access support and services in Scotland.  Find out what happened in the Design zone.

Co-production was a key theme running through the design zone.  This can be the design of a service or project or designing physical spaces.

The morning focused on sharing a practical tool – Iriss’ Co-production Planner (this link will take you away from our website) and explored the design process of a project or piece of work, starting from what life looks like without the project and moving towards how life should look like at the end.

The afternoon session explored the physical design of spaces and the design of the buildings associated with the new Scottish Social Security Agency and how these settings need to be designed with and for the people they are supporting.


  • Start early – plan for change.
  • Commit to allocating co-production its proper resources and empower people (people and professionals) to overcome fear and action change in the public sector?

Getting started on your own co-production project (morning workshop)

  • Chair: Zahid Deen, Digital Health and Care Strategic Lead, the ALLIANCE @zahiddeen
  • Stuart Muirhead, Project Manager, Iriss @DrStuMuirhead

Designing services for all of us (afternoon workshop)

  • Chair: Andrew Strong, Assistant Director (Policy and Communications), the ALLIANCE @gas1883
  • Alasdair Clements, Director, INCH Architecture @INCH_arch
  • John McVey, Social Security Directorate, the Scottish Government @ScotGovSocSec
  • Jane Callaghan, Social Security Directorate, the Scottish Government @ScotGovSocSec

Other zones at the event included Active, Brexit, Outcomes, Learning, Human Rights, Gaun Yersel, Young People and Community.

Find our more about Action: The 2nd Health and Social Care Integration event.

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