This year’s Faculty of Public Health Scottish Conference took place over 2nd and 3rd November in Aviemore. It set out to emphasise that health is a basic human right, not a privilege. VHS’s Claire Stevens joined forces with Ann Conacher from the Scottish Public Health Nework (ScotPHN) to present a case study on the collaborative work that our two organisations have been engaged in this year.
The collaboration had started with a round table on public health in May 2017, which gave a diverse group of health charities the opportunity to engage with the sometimes alien seeming world of public health. Equally, it gave ScotPHN the opportunity to reach across the galaxy and explore third sector life forms! The round table resulted in third sector participants going on to actively contribute to three current ScotPHN projects: on chronic pain, ophthalmology, and gender reassignment.
Fast forward to planet Aviemore and the FPH conference, where Claire and Ann described the learning and outcomes as:
- Enthusiasm for meaningful co-production
- Each has unique perspective and knowledge
- We find the other world complex
- We both affected by changing public health landscape
- We both lack local visibility
- We have shared values – people are at the centre of what we do, therefore….
- We should share experience and good practice more, and collaborate more to achieve better advocacy for the health of the population
Download the full Case Study