Opinions

Tackling poverty and supporting people’s self management

Written by: Nick Watt, Digital Development Officer, the ALLIANCE
and James Egan, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Published: 10/10/2019

Self management of health conditions in the context of people living in poverty.

‘Integrating money advice workers into primary care settings: an evaluation,’ (this link will take you away from our website) was a report published this year by, James Egan and Oonagh Robison from Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH).

The report centered around a study of money advice workers based in 9 GP Practices within some of the most disadvantaged areas in Glasgow. The wider themes of health and social care integration, self management and the role poverty plays in hindering people to care for long term conditions came to the fore.

These themes would coincide in other circumstances with one another between the 7th and 13th of October with the week marking both Challenge Poverty (this link will take you away from our website) and Self Management Week. 

As the evaluation provided a perfect example of how poverty and self management can collide, GCPH and the ALLIANCE came together to discuss how best to showcase the impact integrating money advice workers into primary care settings has had on peoples lives.

The newly established ALLIANCE Live project was referred to as an ideal means of producing an accessible avenue with which to share the information. ALLIANCE Live aims to highlight valued learning and best practice within health and social care through its digital content outputs.

A podcast in the format of a roundtable conversation was produced. This featured a money advice worker and GP working together in one of the practices involved in the initiative sharing their experience of working with individuals that were able to benefit from the service. Staff from the ALLIANCE and GCPH were on hand to provide context from a self management perspective and the current poverty landscape occurring in Glasgow. A blog with further information and capturing the wider context of the initiative accompanied the podcast. This is hosted on the GCPH website.

Both of these outputs can found accessed below:

Podcast: Tackling poverty and supporting people’s health (this link will take you away from our website)

Blog: Tackling poverty and supporting people’s health (this link will take you away from our website)

 

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