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Change: the Health and Social Care Integration event

Written by: Ian Welsh, Chief Executive, the ALLIANCE

Published: 10/05/2017

Our Chief Executive Ian Welsh OBE outlines details of the ALLIANCE's upcoming Annual Conference and AGM.

Up and down the country, health and social care is at the cutting edge of change.  Change that is moving people’s views, feelings and concerns into the decision making process.  Change which recognises and welcomes approaches that value joint working.  Change that tries something different to achieve better outcomes.

As politicians gear up for transitions that will affect all our lives in multiple ways – from the ongoing local integration of health and social care, the creation of a new Scottish social security system to the renegotiation of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the EU – at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) we have chosen to wrap up the celebrations at the end of our tenth anniversary year by considering the theme of change and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Our annual conference Change: the Health and Social Care Integration event will be split into zones focused on varied themes, systems and experiences that affect the lives of people who live with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers.  As health and social care integration develops, we will consider how far this has shifted emphasis towards better understanding communities wants and needs and better joining up services.

Sessions will also explore health and care, homes, heating, nutrition, money, employment, as well as looking at travel, digital, outdoor spaces and social networks.

Live portraitures will be done on the day from an RSA fellow and artists, we have arranged a drop in session with an independent advocate and one of our Community Links Practitioners. RNIB’s Connect radio station will be broadcasting on the day as well as a chill out area for people to open up their creative side and take part in some decoupage and knitting.

People who access health and social care services, third sector organisations who represent them and providers have a vital role to play in creating the conditions for meaningful, long lasting change. Our event can be a showcase for how we are progressing – but also how far we still have to go.

The ALLIANCE annual conference will take place on Tuesday 30 May at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

 

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