The ALLIANCE Self Management programme 2021 review

Section: Self Management and Co-Production HubType: News Item Date Published: 18th February 2022

The Self Management programme continued to support people to connect.

The Self Management Network Scotland experienced further growth throughout 2021, and the team continued their support of the regional Self Management Networks in Highland and Edinburgh. In particular, the ALLIANCE has contributed to the Edinburgh Network’s SM Toolkit with sections on Reflective Practice and Self Management as a concept, along with delivering a Self Management Reflective Practice session for network members.

Self Management Reflective Practice sessions were redeveloped and launched for online delivery, with great feedback on the first few sessions, we are continuing to tweak the delivery and resources to continue to improve them.

Self Management Week 2021 was held 27 September to 1 October 2021 with the returning theme ‘My Wellbeing, My Life: Everyone has a self management story.’

Over 10 diverse online events were held throughout the week, including a session on the impact nature can have on wellbeing and mental health, one on reducing stigma, another on emerging learning from Discover Digital funded projects.

As always, the Self Management Awards ceremony was a highlight of the week. Held on Wednesday evening, we heard from Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, previous award winner Lindsay Steven and ALLIANCE Director of Development and Improvement Sara Redmond. We also shared a medley video of all of the self management stories which were shared on Twitter in the run up to Self Management Week.

Two ALLIANCE Live videos were also released during the week, one on the topic of New Research in Self Management and the other introducing the new ALLIANCE Sensory Hub.

The week provided a chance for people to come together and learn, network and celebrate self management, as well as raising awareness of the importance of self management in all of our lives.

A short project looking at Self Management for Rehabilitation services was undertaken over the summer of 2021. The team gathered responses from third sector services delivering rehab during the pandemic and produced a report for Scottish Government to support work on the Rehabilitation and Recovery Programme.

The Self Management Fund was very busy during 2021. As part of the Resilience, Recovery and Development round, 49 new projects were announced in June to receive funding to test or investigate an idea, to build on or develop existing work or knowledge and to establish a service that is new to the funded organisations.

In addition, as we approached the end of the year, both the Transforming Self Management and the Strengthening Self Management rounds ended, with the former receiving a dedicated website to showcase learning from nine projects funded for up to five years as part of the round. As part of the Fund work, the Team also supported the funded organisations to overcome challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic by, for example, discussing alternative engagements to ensure project outcomes are achieved or by allowing extensions to initial timeframes.

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