12th Jan: Help Shape the New Allied Health Professions’ National Delivery Plan

Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme Engagement Event

When: Tuesday 12th January 2016, 9.30am-2pm
Where: Renfield St Stephen’s Church, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP

The Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme (AILIP) and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), would like to invite you to a Conversation Café on the future of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to maximise their contribution to the wider health and social care agenda in Scotland.

Currently, AHPs are developing new and innovative ways to help people with illness, disability or injury to lead healthy lives and stay in their own homes, and this event will help develop the Active and Independent Living Delivery Programme. It will be of particular relevance to those who are interested in self management, living longer in their own homes, and being active in the community into later life.

To start the day, there will be an explanation of who Allied Health Professionals are (for example, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, etc.) and what they do (for example, assess and treat people with physical problems, work with people with communication and/or swallowing difficulties). There will be a brief summary of the feedback that they have received from previous event attendees, followed by table discussions to discuss what people want from their services.

The conversation café is an opportunity for citizens to engage with each other and share their views on:

  • What is needed to help you live well in the future?
  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?
  • Where should the future focus of Allied Health Professionals lie?

Sign up through Eventbrite, or email pphwadmin@alliance-scotland.org.uk.Please call 0141 404 0231 or email if you would like more information.


The ALLIANCE Membership Survey

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) are conducting a membership survey to gather feedback on the impact of our organisation and the relevance of the information and opportunities we provide. The survey will only take 5-10 minutes to complete, and will help inform us going forward. Therefore, your input in this matter would be most appreciated. You can access the appropriate survey (depending on whether you are an organisation, a professional associate or an individual) below:

Individual Supporter Survey

Organisation/Professional Associate Survey

Please complete the survey by midnight on Friday 13th November

Thanks for continuing to be a member of the ALLIANCE and supporting the work that we do, and the change that we are trying to achieve. Your input is very valuable to us as an organisation.

National Conversations on a Healthier Scotland

The ALLIANCE is helping to facilitate a series of events focusing on the Healthier Scotland national conversation that is currently ongoing and will be until April 2016. A list of events is below, which will be updated as more events are added. This is an opportunity to inform the Scottish Government what you think health and social care should look like in the future. The 3 broad questions being asked are below.

  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?
  • What areas of health and social care matter most to you?
  • Thinking about the future of health and social care services, where should our focus be?

If you are unable to attend any of the events, you can still contribute your answers and thoughts by post (Healthier Scotland, St Andrew’s House, 56 Glasgow Rd, Edinburgh, EH12 8HN), email (healthier@scotland.gsi.gov.uk), or by joining the discussion on the blog (http://healthier.scot), Twitter (@scotgovhealth), or Facebook page (/healthier.scot).

National Conversations on a Healthier Scotland:

Focus Group to Share Your Views on Digital Health

When: Tuesday 17 November, 10.30am-1pm
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The aim of the focus group is to explore what internet options could possibly benefit you as an individual and/or as a carer. For instance, would you want internet options which give:

  • more convenient ways of booking appointments with various parts of the NHS?
  • access to your medical record including an explanation of your test results?
  • guidance to support the self-management of your condition?

There will be a short presentation at the event explaining in simple terms what kind of options might be offered. The rest of the discussion will allow you to set out your preferences and views on possible options.

Feedback will be summarised and shared (anonymised) with the Scottish Government in order to inform their approach to internet-based health and care options.

Email zahid.deen@alliance-scotland.org.uk in order to confirm your place.

Contribute to the Scottish Government’s Integration Stories Series


The Scottish Government are currently involved in a piece of work to try and explain what health and social care integration will mean for individuals.

As a result of this they will be looking for people to get involved in telling their story (regarding their lived experience of health and social care services in the past) in a range of forms (such as blog posts, case studies, animations, and filmed interviews) to explore what successful integration would mean in terms of achieving outcomes for individuals.

The filming work can take place in the home or in the community, and will be worked around your schedule. As above, you don’t have to be filmed, this is just one of the many different types of media they will be employing.

This work will be ongoing from September until April in order to try and capture a lot of individual stories, and explain to a wider audience what the purpose of integration is and how it will hopefully change services for the better.

If you would like to be involved in this work, or would like to find out more details, then get in touch with Benjamin.McElwee@alliance-scotland.org.uk.