ALLIANCE Live

ALLIANCE Live

By The ALLIANCE
Short form podcasts with guests from across health and social care discussing innovation, good practice and emerging policy.

Guests are invited to use the power of story to bring their work or lived experience to life and demonstrate the successes and challenges that come with any endeavour, including living well with a long term condition or disability.
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Wellbeing Wednesday - Mindful eating and walking
In this Wellbeing Wednesday podcast, Stephanie Quigley, Lead Complementary Therapist at Cancer Support Scotland provides listeners with an opportunity to focus on their breathing while walking and eating to produce calmness which is especially important in the current situation
05:21
May 27, 2020
Going higher for student carers with Carers Trust Scotland
In this podcast, Carer Voices Project Lead Tommy Whitelaw is joined by Hannah Martin, Research and Engagement Worker at Carers Trust Scotland in conversation on student carers’ experience of education. The conversation sheds a light on the ongoing research currently being undertaken by Carers Trust Scotland to better understand the experiences and challenges of student carers in higher education and how carers can continue to participate in this engagement while social distancing. The findings of this research will inform their recommendations to improve the educational experience for carers. 
17:16
May 26, 2020
Intersectionality and COVID-19
Lucy Mulvagh, the ALLIANCE's Director of Policy and Communications, talks to Anuj Kapilashrami, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Global Health at the Centre for Global Public Health, Queen Mary University of London about intersectionality and the reasons for taking an intersectional approach to COVID-19. Intersectionality is the interconnected nature of different social categorizations like  ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and gender, applied to an individual or group to create an overlapping and interdependent system of discrimination or disadvantage. COVID-19 and responses being taken to it are not having the same impact on everyone, and some individuals and societal groups are disproportionately affected. Anuj talks about why intersectionality is important, rather than focusing on social categorizations in isolation of each other. She makes several recommendations for concrete action to help support an intersectional approach to COVID-19.
31:26
May 21, 2020
ALLIANCE Live interview with Head of the Third Sector Unit at Scottish Government, Calum Irving
On Monday 18th May from 3pm, the ALLIANCE interviewed Calum Irving, Head of the Third Sector Unit at Scottish Government. This important ALLIANCE Live session will consider the response from the third sector to the coronavirus pandemic as well as give consideration to both the short term and longer term needs that the third sector is facing and provide an opportunity to outline Scottish Government’s response and support to the third sector. Calum Irving was appointed as Head of the Third Sector Unit for Scottish Government in September 2019. He is responsible for a team which invests in and develops policy to support social enterprise, volunteering, charities and a strengthened role for the third sector in contributing to the National Performance Framework outcomes. Prior to Scottish Government Calum has worked in a range of third sector organisations and most recently as Director of See Me, Scotland’s mental health anti-stigma programme.
36:04
May 19, 2020
See Me, COVID-19 and kindness
In this latest ALLIANCE Live podcast, the ALLIANCE's Policy and Communications Director, Lucy Mulvagh, talks to Wendy Halliday, Director of See Me. As well as exploring 'kindness', this year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, Wendy talks about: How the See Me team and volunteers are coping with the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown Action related to COVID-19 – a wide range of new and adapted activity Looking back – some of See Me’s key achievements to date Looking forward – what the future holds in store for See Me and the work to tackle stigma and discrimination against people with lived experience of mental health issues.
46:29
May 18, 2020
Self management: offline and online, through crises and beyond
Sodi Kakouris from Let's Get On With It Together (LGOWIT), Maggie Wright from Families in Trauma and Benn Benjamin from LGBT Health and Wellbeing discuss how their services have adapted to the COVID-19 situation and how they have ensured that they continue to facilitate human connections for those they support. The wide-ranging conversation covered inclusive outreach, online courses, tapping into communities of interest and even tips on how not to put people off by hyping the technology too much - let it fade into the background instead and focus on the individual.
32:53
May 14, 2020
ALLIANCE Live interview with Scottish Care Chief Executive, Donald Macaskill
On Wednesday 13 May from 11am, the ALLIANCE interviewed Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive of Scottish Care. This important ALLIANCE Live session covered the many challenges being faced by the care sector during COVID-19 pandemic, the amazing, brave and compassionate response by care workers in facing down those challenges and the indifference that Donald has seen in the slow response of Government to help those who are part of this country's most vulnerable . Scottish Care represent the largest group of social care providers across the country. As Chief Executive, Donald has long argued for a human rights approach to care and support.
45:32
May 14, 2020
NHS Nurses: Doing what matters is all that matters
Tommy Whitelaw chats to Nurse Director - Acute Services at NHS Lothian, Gillian McAuley. In a wide ranging conversation they discuss how priorities have changed for Gillian's team during the COVID-19 pandemic and how her staff are still finding ways to ask people what matters to them.
31:27
May 4, 2020
Wellbeing Wednesday- Poetry
In this ALLIANCE Live Wellbeing Wednesday we are joined by Dr Pip Osmond-Williams, poet and academic researcher. Pip takes us through how reading and writing poetry can allow you to engage, explore and escape, and recommends resources and technique to begin, or develop, your poetic journey during this period of lockdown. Pip Osmond-Williams is a poet and academic researcher from Macclesfield, based in Glasgow. In 2019, she was awarded a PhD for her thesis 'Changing Glasgow: A Social History of Love in the Life and Work of Edwin Morgan' from the University of Glasgow. Her poems have been published most recently in Northwords Now, New Writing Scotland, and by the Scottish Writers' Centre.
14:52
April 29, 2020
Chief Social Work Advisor, Iona Colvin on supporting children, young people and families through COVID-19
In this ALLIANCE Live interview, Iona highlights the importance of the third sector in supporting children, young people and families, the Scottish Government’s commitment to support for the third sector through Covid 19 and the importance of maintaining good communication with the third sector during this period. Iona, perhaps known to many as the Scottish Government Chief Social Work Adviser, will highlight key aspects of her letter to the third sector, dated 8 April 2020 and give relevant updated information. She will address a number of questions which have been passed to the ALLIANCE from children and young people and by third sector colleagues.
58:16
April 29, 2020
'What Matters to You?' and person centred care during COVID-19
Tommy Whitelaw sits down with Shaun Maher the Strategic Advisor for person-centred care; Scottish Government Healthcare Quality and Strategy Directorate & Principal Educator, Quality Improvement team, NHS Education for Scotland for this ALLIANCE Live podcast. The pair discuss how Scotland's health and social care professionals finding ways to ask ‘what matters to you’ and how might our response to COVID-19 be leveraged in the future to strengthen person-centred care? Shaun has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years across diverse healthcare settings in primary and secondary care, and more recently in variety of national roles. He spent most of his clinical career as a senior nurse in intensive care. He has a particular interest in developing person-centred approaches to improving quality and is a leading voice in the global “What matters to you?” movement – an informal international network of people working together to focus on re-calibrating the health and social care system. He is also an accredited executive coach, clinical microsystems coach and a Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow. Since 2015 he has worked as a professional advisor for person-centred care with the Scottish government and as a principal lead in the Quality Improvement team at NHS Education for Scotland.
26:59
April 27, 2020
Women and COVID-19
Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender is our guest for this ALLIANCE Live podcast. Joined by ALLIANCE Director, Lucy Mulvagh this conversation focuses on the ways in which the differences between men's and woman's lives are playing into the pandemic. Engender are a feminist policy and advocacy organisation working in Scotland. Its mission is to integrate women's equalities and rights into the work and policies of parliament and Scottish Government. The work across three broad themes: women's economic equality, women' social and cultural equality and women's political equality.
32:17
April 22, 2020
Wellbeing Wednesday - Colouring for Mindfulness
This podcast is part of the ALLIANCE Live series, Wellbeing Wednesday, which will be coming to you every week during this period of lockdown. This series will have input from people across our membership and beyond, helping you to manage your own wellbeing at home. In this podcast, from our Self Management funded IMPACT project at Aberdeen Foyer, will guide you through a mindfulness exercise and help you to focus while you colour.
17:04
April 22, 2020
National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch on Scottish Government COVID-19 response
This important ALLIANCE Live interview covers the COVID-19 pandemic, the most up to date clinical advice and the impact of the current situation for disabled people, people living with long term conditions and unpaid carers. As National Clinical Director, Jason is responsible for quality in Scotland’s health and social care system, including patient safety and person-centred care, NHS planning, and implementing quality improvement methods across the government and the broader public sector.
59:29
April 20, 2020
European Patients Forum post COVID-19 and Brexit
Nicola Bedlington, Special Advisor for the European Patients Forum (EPF) speaks to ALLIANCE Direcotr, Irene Oldfather in this ALLIANCE Live interview.   Recorded remotely during COVID-19, the interview covers what are the big issues for the EPF and how is it adapting and listening to its members.   Based in Austria, Nicola also reflects on the country's own response to the pandemic as well as what does this disease mean for the future and particularly in post Brexit world?
16:36
April 16, 2020
Wellbeing Wednesday - Relaxation
ALLIANCE Live brings you a new weekly series, Wellbeing Wednesday.   Focussing on ways to keep well during #COVID19UK lockdown, each Wednesday will feature a new guest w/ tips and demonstrations on a range of  wellbeing and practical health topics. In this short podcast from Realize Your Potential, you will be guided through a relaxation exercise. Try to find somewhere quiet and comfortable, either sitting on a chair or lying down. Make sure you are warm enough and have as few distractions as possible, this will help you immerse yourself in the relaxation. Relaxation is a skill and something that will get easier with practice. Relaxation can help you sleep better and reduce stress, tension and headaches. It can improve your ability to deal with difficult situations and increase overall feelings of health and wellbeing
16:04
April 15, 2020
COVID-19 and what to expect from your doctor
During this very difficult period the ALLIANCE is producing a series of podcasts for people living with long term conditions, disabled people, and unpaid carers. These will cover advice, support, and comment on COVID-19. In this podcast we hear from Eilidh Carmichael, Policy Officer at the General Medical Council, on what you can expect from doctors during the crisis. For general advice on COVID-19 and its symptoms please visit nhsinform.scot/coronavirus. This information is accurate at the date of publication (9 April 2020).
05:41
April 9, 2020
COVID-19 and pharmaceutical advice
During this very difficult period the ALLIANCE is producing a series of podcasts for people living with long term conditions, disabled people, and unpaid carers. These will cover advice, support, and comment on COVID-19. In this podcast we hear from Jonathan Burton, Chair for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland and a community pharmacist in Stirling. Jonathan explains the role of pharmacists during the crisis and what you can expect from them over the coming weeks. For general advice on COVID-19 and its symptoms please visit nhsinform.scot/coronavirus. This information is accurate at the date of publication (9 April 2020).
05:21
April 9, 2020
Pursuing an MSc in Digital Health Interventions
This ALLIANCE Live focuses on a new Masters opportunity available from the University of Glasgow for students focusing on Digital Health Interventions. Carmen is joined by Simon Bradstreet, a Research Fellow and Lecturer and University of Glasgow's Health and Wellbeing Institute to talk about what the course covers, what students can expect to go on to after achieving an accreditation and how it reflects the growing demand to introduce more digital solutions int our health system. Find out more about a Postgraduate degree in Digital Health Interventions.
18:51
April 7, 2020
Advice on Energy Efficiency
During this very difficult period the ALLIANCE is going to produce a number of podcasts for people living with long term condition, disabled people, and unpaid carers. These will cover advice, support, and comment on COVID-19. In this episode we’ll hear from Kate Cunningham, of Energy Action Scotland – a Scottish charity campaigning for the eradication of fuel poverty. She’ll give us some energy saving tips for people spending extended periods of time at home. The development of coronavirus COVID-19 means that this is a very difficult and worrying time for people living with long term condition, disabled people, and unpaid carers, with many self-isolating, and the support that they use on a regular basis under pressure. If you are concerned that you have come into contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please visit nhsinform.scot/coronavirus for information. This information is accurate at the date of publication (24 March 2020).
08:31
March 20, 2020
Advice for Personal Assistant Employers on COVID-19
During this very difficult period the ALLIANCE is going to produce a number of podcasts for people living with long term condition, disabled people, and unpaid carers. These will cover advice, support, and comment on COVID-19. In this episode we’ll hear from Colin Millar, of the Scottish Personal Assistants Employers Network (SPAEN). SPAEN was set up in 1999 to help people to take active control over their care and support packages. Colin will give us some advice on what action you should take about COVID-19 if you employ personal assistants. The development of coronavirus COVID-19 means that this is a very difficult and worrying time for people living with long term condition, disabled people, and unpaid carers, with many self-isolating, and the support that they use on a regular basis under pressure. If you are concerned that you have come into contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please visit nhsinform.scot/coronavirus for information. This information is accurate at the date of publication (24 March 2020).
13:20
March 19, 2020
Advice for Carers on COVID-19
During this very difficult period the ALLIANCE is going to produce a number of podcasts for people living with long term condition, disabled people, and unpaid carers. These will cover advice, support, and comment on COVID-19. In this recording we’ll hear from Scotland’s national carers organisations. Fiona Collie from Carers Scotland answers some key questions for us. The development of coronavirus COVID-19 means that this is a very difficult and worrying time for people living with long term condition, disabled people, and unpaid carers, with many self-isolating, and the support that they use on a regular basis under pressure. If you are concerned that you have come into contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please visit nhsinform.scot/coronavirus for information. This information is accurate at the date of publication (24 March 2020).
06:59
March 19, 2020
Let's Draw Health in Govanhill!
Scotland's Fire Starter Festival 2020 was held between the 27th January and 14th February. The festival allows people from all aspects of public service to share innovative and creative ways that we are all making a difference to Scotland. As part of the festival the ALLIANCE's Health and Social Care Academy wanted to explore Health Inequalities in the thriving community of Govanhill. Govanhill has a rich history of migration and is now Scotland’s most ethnically diverse neighbourhood with around 40% of residents from ethnic minorities. In this podcast Justin Duncan (the ALLIANCE), Marzanna Antoniak, Sorana Gorga (both Govanhill Community Development Trust) and Gary Steven (Mind in Draw) reflect on the event and creative approach used to discuss what health and social care support and services currently looks and feels like for people and then move onto what they would like to see improve in the future. The recording also features first person viewpoints from people who attended the event around their experiences of health and social care in Scotland.
34:18
February 20, 2020
Encouraging ownership in the co-production process
This episode of ALLIANCE Live is the third and final podcast being released to mark Co-production Week 2019. We are joined by Charlene Tait Deputy Managing Director of Scottish Autism and Catriona Stewart Co-Founder and Chair of SWAN (Scottish Women’s Autistic Network). Scottish Autism have, over the last few years been working together with SWAN ( Scottish Women’s Autism Network) and having their work together has resulting in: The development of an on line resource for autistic women and girls ( Right Click) produced by autistic women and girls and underpinned by the research of Catriona and a pioneering peer mentoring project developed by autistic women for autistic women, the programme has been independently evaluated In the conversation Charlene discusses as video which captures a choir stemming from Right Click singing. Please watch at your leisure using this link.
56:45
November 22, 2019
Co-producing Self Management Training with Bipolar Scotland
This episode of ALLIANCE Live is the second of four podcasts being released to mark Co-production Week 2019. I’m joined by volunteer facilitators and staff members of Bipolar Scotland to discuss the organisations Self Management Training course and what were their experiences of developing it through co-production.`
30:40
November 20, 2019
Co-producing inclusive co-production - Creating the Hearing Access Protocol
This episode of ALLIANCE Live is the first of four podcasts being released to mark Co-production Week 2019. Sally Shaw is the founder and director of Ideas For Ears, a third sector organisation supporting businesses & organisations to adopt best practices that are loved and wanted by people with hearing loss. Sally highlights the creation of the Hearing Access Protocol being developed making it more possible for more people to more easily hear and follow the spoken word and other audible information. The initiative has co-production at its core having been developed with people with hearing loss across the UK and by providing guidance to make any service design process more inclusive. A transcripted version of this podcast can be found on the ALLIANCE website. Click this link to go there.
38:36
November 19, 2019
Scotland Co-Production Week 2019 Preview
This episode of the ALLIANCE Live podcast is a special preview show for Co-Production Week. We speak with Sam Jordan from the Scottish Community Development Centre or SCDC who facilitate the Scottish Co-production Network and lead on Co-production Week in Scotland. Now in its 4th year, Co-production Week Scotland is about bringing people together from across the country to share ideas, learning and stories about how co-production puts people and communities at the heart of the support and services they’re a part of.
13:09
November 14, 2019
A National Conversation on Mental Health: Community Discussion
The ALLIANCE Live team worked with LGBT Health and Wellbeing to produce a podcast capturing a panel discussion around mental health within the LGBTQ community.  Within the discussion the panel talk about experiences of accessing mainstream mental health services so we can figure solutions to help access and the role that LGBTQ organisations can play. LGBT Health and Wellbeing welcomes the entire diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, intersex and asexual communities and allies.  Our services and activities are for all people aged 16+.  This includes those who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and those who do not use labels for either. If you would like to get in touch regarding anything that is discussed within this conversation, the following methods can be used: Website: https://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/ Twitter: @LGBTHealthy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lgbthealthy/ Direct: rosie@lgbthealth.org.uk
38:35
November 13, 2019
"What Matters To You?" with Home Care
In this ALLIANCE Live podcast Jill Scoular and Julia Donaldson from the Home Care team with Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership are joined by Tommy Whitelaw to spend some time telling you about the partnership working with the Dementia Carer Voices team at the ALLIANCE. Home care are a provider of care at home services supporting 4500 service users every day. Our Head of Service had previously worked with Tommy Whitelaw at the ALLIANCE at another local authority and wanted to bring some of that invaluable contribution of 'What Matters To You,' to home care in Glasgow. In march 2019 HSCP Care at Home Services worked in partnership with the ALLIANCE specifically around their 'Dementia Carers Voices' project, led Tommy. The aim of the initiative was to engage, inform and empower individuals working in front facing care to feel confident having conversations about 'What matters to you?' with individuals using Care At Home services who are living with dementia, their families and carers. The team delivered 15 sessions over 6 locations involving all 13 the care services.
45:33
November 11, 2019
Digital evolution NOT transformation
Digital evolution NOT transformation - Why your charity needs digital leadership Ross McCulloch, Director of Third Sector Lab, will join us to explore the building blocks of digital evolution and how your organisation can make change starting today. Ross will discuss the role of leadership, culture, data, flexible technology and service design in ensuring your organisation is truly user-focused. Ross is the facilitator of SCVO Digital's Senior Leaders Programme and will share some of the learning from the programme, which is now in its fourth year.
25:12
October 28, 2019
Tackling poverty and supporting people’s health
This podcast marks both Self Management Week and Challenge Poverty Week, taking place from 7th to the 13th October 2019. The roundtable conversation highlights the impact money advice workers, based in 9 GP practices within some of the most disadvantaged areas of Glasgow, have had on the lives of many individuals who live there. 
29:44
October 8, 2019
Excellence in Care
Excellence in Care is a national approach to develop and implement a world-class, evidence based, national method to assuring nursing and midwifery care that reflects the ‘Once for Scotland’ ethos.The approach seeks to improve, integrate and coordinate the way nursing and midwifery services are delivered within the Scottish public sector to ensure that everyone receives a consistent standard and quality of service. Andrew Moore is an adult nurse who has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years. He has held several clinical and managerial posts, spending most of his career with NHS Ayrshire and Arran. He took up post as Head of Excellence in Care with Healthcare Improvement Scotland 12months ago. He has a particular interest in staff wellbeing and quality improvement. Watch the ALLIANCE Live webinar - Excellence in Care.
14:50
October 2, 2019
President of the EESC Brexit Sub Committee, Stefano Mallia Reflects on the Scotland visit
After the end of a long day of conversations with representatives from across sectors within health and social care, ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather sat down with Stefano Mallia, to reflect on his visit to Scotland and the relationship Scotland will have with the EESC post-Brexit.
12:20
September 23, 2019
A Draft Framework for Community Health and Social Care Integrated Services
Following on from their ALLIANCE Live Webinar Christina Naismith,  Head of Integration Implementation in the in the governments Community Health and Social Care Directorate and David Rowlands Professional Adviser for Integration joined us for a chat providing further insight around the plans for the Draft Framework for Community Health and Social Care Integrated Services.
26:16
August 19, 2019
Barnahus Standards
Barnahus, or Child’s House, is a multi-agency and child focused response for victims and witnesses of violence.  Across Europe, the model is characterised by intensive, multi-agency and ongoing support, child friendly setting, and a single forensic interview.  Children and young people’s rights to support, participation, decision making and justice are enshrined in the model.  Fiona Wardell and Rachel Hewitt from NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland discuss the ongoing implementation process for national standards which will underpin a Barnahus model in Scotland.   You can access the  Barnahus standards scoping workshop  report online on the HIS website using the following link: http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/our_work/standards_and_guidelines/stnds/barnahus_standards.aspx
30:10
July 30, 2019
Children and Young People
Susan Walls, Scotland Manager for Contact and Gill Meens, Young People and Families Scotland Service Manager for Versus Arthritis discuss how their respective projects are empowering young people and their families. Susan casts a spotlight on the role of GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) and Gill provides an insight into they integrated work they are involved within various  Rheumatology  clinics across Scotland.
38:44
July 1, 2019