The Academy works on a broad range of projects that address different challenges within health and social care in Scotland.

Some of the current work undertaken by the Academy can be found below, along with links to publications that the team has produced in conjunction with our partners.

Open Dialogue – Open Dialogue is a potentially transformational approach to supporting people experiencing mental distress. The Academy is exploring how this person-centred approach could be beneficial in Scotland and hosted an event to bring interested people together from across Scotland. The Academy has also published a paper on this, Emphasising Humanity: Open Dialogue.

Adverse Childhood Experiences – Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are harmful events that negatively impact a child’s mental, physical, or emotional wellbeing and can have a detrimental affect on your health as an adult. Our paper explores the research surrounding adverse childhood experiences, and Scotland’s response to this concept. It examines how ACEs could transform health and social care and identifies some challenges. We have been running screenings of the film Resilience which looks at the effects that toxic stress can have on children’s brains, putting them at risk of ill health and how adverse childhood experiences can be prevented.

Suicide Prevention Strategy The Academy has worked alongside The Samaritans, NHS Scotland to support the Scottish Government and to produce this Suicide Prevention Action Plan Report. 

Budgeting – We have produced three short videos examining more progressive styles of budgeting, in particular human rights budgeting, gender budgeting and participatory budgeting. Also, as part of the Academy’s work exploring the transformative value in ceding power, participatory budgeting has been examined and supported. The Academy has published a paper on this, Ceding Power: Participatory Budgeting.

If you have any questions about our ongoing projects or would like to work with the Academy, please email academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk or call 0141 404 0231.

Opinion

Opinion

Care is love with its work boots on

Written by: Audrey Birt

Published: 13/02/2020

Opinion

Opinion

When weight stigma is life threatening

Written by: Ly Kerr

Published: 14/10/2019

Opinion

Opinion

Challenging Weight Stigma

Written by: Audrey Birt

Published: 11/07/2019

Case study

Case Study

Working co-productively to prevent suicide in Scotland

Case study

Case Study

Compassionate Inverclyde: The creation of a Compassionate Community and Place of Kindness (part 2)

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Case Study

Compassionate Inverclyde: The creation of a Compassionate Community and Place of Kindness (part 1)