The work of the Health and Social Care Academy is underpinned by Five Ambitions for the Future of Health and Care.

Transformational change takes time, patience, and the courage to push beyond our current boundaries. These Five Ambitions identify the conditions required to help create a more equitable society which supports everyone to thrive, not just survive:

  • Be Human- We are all human and should be treated with dignity. Everyone can thrive if our rights are protected, defended, and promoted.
  • Lead Courageously- We can all be leaders in our own lives, communities and workplaces.
  • Share Power- We make changes in our own lives and communities when power is shared.
  • Reimagine Investment- We can transform society for everyone’s benefit with sustainable investment, patience, partnership and valuing one another.
  • Measure Outcomes- We should measure success in health and care with personal outcomes, not just short-term targets.

The Ambitions provide a starting point on our journey to achieving long term, meaningful and sustainable change in health and social care. They are intended to inspire, encourage action, and help identify the steps we need to take for a future where people and wellbeing are at the centre.

The reflective questions, included within the Ambitions, can be used individually and in groups to kick-start thinking and foster discussion about what’s needed so that everyone can thrive.

The case studies highlight how long term, sustainable and meaningful change is possible. They can help generate ideas and decision making about other ways to apply the Five Ambitions in practice.

The Five Ambitions can be seen in action on the Academy’s Our Work pages.

We’re keen to showcase and highlight examples of transformative practice, please get in touch if you would like to find out more, you can email us at academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk

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In 2023 the Academy commissioned research to investigate the accessibility of information for different groups on the right to health.

The research for the investigation knowledge and understanding the right to health project was undertaken by independent researcher Helen Oxley. The report includes input from organisations representing several population groups and explores the limitations in accessing information about the right to health, alongside challenges in claiming and complaining about rights and barriers for specific groups in achieving equal access to the highest attainable standard of health.

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The Health and Social Care Academy are involved in a range of work.

The Academy programme offers a cross sectoral safe space to support, collaborative thinking, the dissemination of evidence and learning, and to promote the voice of lived experience with a focus on health and care integration.

Find out more about our different areas of work:

We are always keen to explore partnership working and discuss transformational ideas. If you have questions or want to get involved with the Academy, please email via academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk or call 0141 404 0231.

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The Academy works with people who use health and social care services to influence positive and significant change across Scotland.

The Health and Social Care Academy (the Academy) programme offers a cross sectoral safe space to support, collaborative thinking, the dissemination of evidence and learning, and to promote the voice of lived experience with a focus on health and care integration.

The Academy’s work is driven by the Five Ambitions for the Future of Health and Care. These Ambitions set out the conditions for realising long term, meaningful and sustainable change. Like the Provocations they replace, these Five Ambitions help to shine a light on successful approaches in Scotland, and beyond.

The Academy works co-productively with individuals and organisations who are working and supporting transformational change in health and social care. You can find out more about the work that we do by looking at the Academy’s Our Work section.

We are always keen to explore partnership working and discuss transformational ideas. If you have questions or want to get involved with the Academy, please email via academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk or call 0141 404 0231.

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