In May we reported that close collaboration between the third sector and the Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) had ensured the new Healthcare Needs Assessment of Gender Identity Services in Scotland (HCNA) took the experience of trans people more fully into account. This month, Speciality … [Read more...] about Public health registrar reflects on third sector collaboration
VHS was part of a group of third sector intermediaries that collaborated to submit a paper to the Ministerial Strategic Group (MSG) for Health and Community Care for consideration at its March 2018 meeting. It was drafted by SCVO, CCPS, and the Health and Social Care ALLIANCE, with support from … [Read more...] about Third and Independent Sector Engagement with Health and Social Care Integration
A year ago VHS organised a round table to help the Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) engage more actively with the third sector. ScotPHN challenged our nineteen round tablers to help them with three very different work streams. At the round table it became clear very quickly that three of the … [Read more...] about Improving healthcare for trans people: lessons from a collaboration
Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government Healthcare Quality and Improvement Directorate, has written formally to the Chairs of Health Boards to draw their attention to VHS's Clear Pathway Guidance. Professor Leitch's letter was sent to Chairs, Chief Executives and … [Read more...] about Scottish Government issues Clear Pathway guidance to Health Boards
This month, Jenny Lester, Communications and Marketing Assistant at VHS, met with Rebecca Haack, the Operations Director, and Healthy n Happy. The community development trust work towards healthy and happy living in Cambuslang and Rutherglen by providing opportunities for people to actively improve … [Read more...] about Spotlight on Healthy n Happy
ROAR is a charity that provides preventative health and wellbeing clubs and community based projects for older adults. Their latest campaign #staymobilestayconnected has engaged and empowered older people in Renfrewshire to take the lead in a film making project. The six short films written, filmed, … [Read more...] about #StayMobileStayConnected
TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) was established in the 1950s and, as the name will suggest, has been involved in getting people outdoors and contributing to the conservation of their local greenspaces ever since. What might be a bit more of a surprise, but answers straight away why we are … [Read more...] about Dom’s blog: what’s a conservation organisation doing in VHS?
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.” Dame Cicely Saunders, the Founder of the modern hospice movement, knew the importance of person-centred care before it started to gain the real social and political traction that it has today. Too often, professionals see … [Read more...] about Susan’s Blog: You Matter
“Isolation is my problem. When I am in pain I avoid contact with people. This makes me depressed, which locks me in to a cycle of pain. Also tiredness makes me unable to cope with day to day chores. I then feel worthless. This prolonged bad, wet, windy weather has chained me to my home. This has … [Read more...] about Maureen’s blog: Arthritis and Mental Health
This is the question that the Scottish Government is asking in its new draft strategy on tackling loneliness and social isolation in Scotland. A Connected Scotland is the first government strategy, globally, aimed at tackling loneliness and social isolation and paving the way for a more connected … [Read more...] about How do we enable a more connected Scotland?