The Power in Our Communities: Catalyst for Change- 15th June 2021


Ten years ago the Christie Report was published and spawned the mantra – ‘More of the same won’t do!’. Despite many empowering pieces of legislation and policy since then, until last year how much had really changed? The pandemic disrupted everyone’s lives including health and social care services and while so much was not good, there were many things that could point to some real systemic and potential lasting change, if we take the opportunity to build on essential learning.

Join the morning session ‘Celebrating Community’ (click to book) led by Diana Hekerem, Head of Transformation Redesign Unit to hear the learning garnered by six different organisations. We will be joining the dots between the reports which highlight different aspects of learning around ‘What Works’ and what is required to make the kind of shift, first talked about by Dr Campbell Christie and again captured in this year’s Independent Review of Adult Social Care (The Feeley Report).

The Feeley report talks of closing the implementation gap and this event, with a wide-ranging audience and set of contributors, is very much focussed on turning learning into action. In the past year we have seen many examples of doing things differently: breaking blue rules, changing red rules, being led by ‘What Matters’ to people and to communities.

You will hear how we can address inequalities while we are recovering from pandemic and build a more sustainable and inclusive system around wellbeing for now and for the future. There is a need for consistency in both rural and urban environments - reaching beyond social care and linking to a broader sense of community wellbeing and a healthier Scotland.

So much of what has supported wellbeing throughout the past year has operated based on genuine trust and confidence in the standards of care being provided clearly demonstrating the principles of the Health and Social Care Standards . This has also widened what we might consider to be the workforce involved in caring for people within our communities.  It leads us to rethink how we use tools such as commissioning & procurement to enable individual choice and community-based support to be available in a sustainable way.

Intended Audience: Anyone with a role in leading planning, commissioning and delivery of health, social care and wellbeing across Scotland in NHS Regional Boards, other NHS organisations, Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs), local authorities, national and local third sector and community organisations, community groups, social enterprises and independent organisations, Scottish Government, regulation and inspection organisations.

The afternoon will be in the form of workshops and will be an opportunity to identify the type of the support needed in the ‘public sector’ (click here to book a place) and the ‘community sector’ (click here to book a place).  The conversations will build on those started in the morning session alongside your own local experience. The output of these workshops will help inform how national and local partners plan to bridge the implementation gap and move to a more community-led approach.

Collaborative Communities Team