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VHS publishes community link worker study

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 11th July 2017

New report sets out the extensive and varied nature of third sector approaches to community link working across Scotland.

A report setting out the extensive and varied nature of third sector approaches to community link working across Scotland has been launched by Voluntary Health Scotland at a seminar in Edinburgh.

Published as ‘Gold Star Exemplars: Third sector Approaches to Community Link Working Across Scotland’ the VHS report presents the findings of a Scotland wide mapping exercise that involved 60 third sector providers, 15 Third Sector Interfaces and 3 case studies.

The study was carried out for VHS by Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services. It was commissioned by the Scottish Government to help it scope the development of a national programme which will see 250 additional Community Link Workers deployed in primary care settings to help tackle health inequalities.

The report recommends that the Scottish Government ensure the third sector is a key partner in the strategic development and delivery of the new programme and that primary care should be supported to identify and involve third sector partners from the offset of developing a CLW service.  The Scottish Government is still to formally announce its plans for the new programme.

Read ‘Gold Star Exemplars: Third sector Approaches to Community Link Working Across Scotland’ (this link will take you away from our website).

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