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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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Hame is where co-production is
Hame is a youth-led organisation based in Dundee supporting young people at risk of homelessness. The project has won support and funding to develop 30 new homes designed with and for young people in Dundee. Young tenants will be fully involved in decision making and will be able to gain skills and work experience in their own organisation. Telling us more about the project and how a co-design methodology has helped the young people feel safe and call a house a hame is Allison Fyfe, Project Lead and Bobby, one of the Care Experienced Advisors. This podcast has been recorded as part of Co-production Week Scotland. The week is about bringing people together 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.
19:16
November 20, 2020
Getting out in Nature for Wellbeing
“Taking that time to sit by the seaside, or to wander through a forest, or whatever it is, absolutely it centres you, and it makes you feel at peace. And it does wonders for my condition and my wellbeing.” For Self Care Week, listen to this podcast with Vicki Cloney, CVS Inverclyde Partnership Facilitator, interviewed by Carmen Paputa-Dutu, ALLIANCE Development Officer. Vicki talks about the benefits of getting out in nature to mental health. She also discusses the benefits of using her new power chair which allows her to get out for longer with her service dog Alina and prioritise her energy for work and family time, and the challenges of navigating town and country using the chair.
21:51
November 20, 2020
Reducing Gambling Harm - Martin's Story
In this podcast, Martin shares his story of battling his addiction to gambling. Martin takes us through the years of his life in the grip of his addiction that included many painful losses most notably the tragic passing of his son. Listeners will also hear about the difficult journey of giving up gambling and, now in recovery, Martin shares his work in raising awareness of the addiction and why a publich health approach is needed to reduce gambling harm.  This podcast is being published as part of Safer Gambling Week through the Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm programme. A Scotland-wide programme to put the voice of people affected by gambling harms at the heart of action to reduce those harms.
39:53
November 19, 2020
The impact of kindness during COVID-19 - World Kindess Day 2020
For World Kindness Day, Ben Thurman from the Carnegie UK Trust shares some of the learning from their work on kindness, including examples of or the impact of kindness from during the COVID-19 pandemic and some reflections on creating a ‘kindness culture’ in our workplaces. Find out more about the Carnegie UK Trust’s Kinder Communities project: https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/project/kinder-communities/ Read the recent kindness case study from North Ayrshire which Ben mentions: https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/publications/north-ayrshire-a-case-study-on-kindness/
09:19
November 13, 2020
World Stroke Day 2020
For World Stroke Day 2020, we are sharing some information from our members, Stroke Association, about their recent work and how you can get involved with their organisation or access support. Stroke Association have recently launched an online Stroke Café to facilitate peer support, have done research about the impact of the pandemic on stroke survivors and are working tirelessly to advocate for and support stroke survivors. Useful links: Open Letter in response to Recovery at Risk Report: https://www.stroke.org.uk/stroke-recoveries-at-risk-report Stroke Association Helpline: 0303 3033 100 Get in touch with Stroke Association Scotland: Scotland@stroke.org.uk
04:01
October 29, 2020
Self Management Week - Social Anxiety
For self management week we spoke to Heather McCartney, a volunteer at see me, Nick Jedrzejewski, also from see me and Angie Ferguson, CEO of Perth Autism Support. For our discussion today we’ll be talking about the experience of those living with social anxiety during the pandemic, as well as looking at the impact of lockdown on people’s mental health more generally. We hear how both See Me and Perth Autism Support have adapted their services throughout the pandemic to respond to the changing needs of those they support and looked to the future to talk about the long lasting effects of the changes to the way mental health and the stigma around it has been talked about during the pandemic.
20:28
September 30, 2020
Individual Transformational Story of the Year Award – a conversation with the shortlisted nominees
Everyone has a story to tell and experience to share. Our shortlisted nominees for the Individual Transformational Story of the Year Award in this year’s Self Management Awards joined Louise Rogers, Development Officer in the Self Management Team for a chat about their stories, their self-management journeys and how it feel to be nominated  for the award. This podcast was produced  in partnership with Humans of Scotland and ALLIANCE Live.
35:16
September 29, 2020
Digital Inclusion - Self Management Week
This ALLIANCE Live podcast with Kirsty MacNeil (Aberdeen Foyer IMPACT project), Aaron Slater (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)) and Oonagh Brown (Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD)) responds to the six provocations set out below: Provocation 1:What are the main ways that digital exclusion impacts the people you support? Provocation 2:What has been the biggest change you’ve seen since the beginning of lockdown for the people you support? Provocation 3: How can we ensure that the people who aren’t online, and don’t want to be, aren’t excluded? Provocation 4:What support is needed to help people to get online/ back online? Provocation 5: How can we ensure that the pace of delivery and flexibility that was proven possible during the pandemic is maintained? Is this realistic, or are there other ways to maintain the support? Provocation 6: Virtually overnight, the entire world moved online. What does this mean for the third sector and those we support as we move into the future?
29:19
September 28, 2020
Self Management Week - Branching out Argyll
Listen to this interview for Self Management Week, with our Development Officer Carmen and Sara from Branching out Argyll.
21:51
September 28, 2020
Walking podcast: in alliance with nature, ourselves and others_Edited
This podcast was recorded for the ALLIANCE Annual Conference.  We would like to invite listeners to join us on a ‘virtual walk’. We recommend you download this podcast and listen to it while going for a walk of your choice around your area. Our guest speaker, Will Manners, is an outdoors specialist. In this recording, he is guiding us a walk that is familiar to him, with prompts to help us notice the seasonal changes taking place all around us. Whether you’re in a rural or urban environment, join us for this mindful way to start the day. Tweet us your thoughts or pictures from your walk at @ALLIANCEscot #ALLIANCEConf20. Find out more about Will at https://freewilloutdoors.co.uk. Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
42:56
September 11, 2020
Walking podcast: in alliance with nature, ourselves and others
Start the final day of the ALLIANCE Annual Conference by joining us on a ‘virtual walk’. We recommend you download this podcast and listen to it while going for a walk of your choice around your area.  Our guest speaker, Will Manners, is an outdoors specialist. In this recording, he is guiding us a walk that is familiar to him, with prompts to help us notice the seasonal changes taking place all around us. Whether you’re in a rural or urban environment, join us for this mindful way to start the day. Tweet us your thoughts or pictures from your walk at @ALLIANCEscot #ALLIANCEConf20. Find out more about Will at https://freewilloutdoors.co.uk.  Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
43:47
September 10, 2020
Digital first but not digital only: "The emphasis is always on the right approach, or the right tool, for the person"
On the 14th of August, ALLIANCE Director of Integrated Services Andrew Strong interviewed Jonathan Cameron, Head of Digital Health and Care at the Scottish Government. The conversation focused on recent developments in digital health and care, including a refresh of Scotland's Digital Health and Care Strategy, inclusion work linked to the Connecting Scotland programme and progress on the COVID-19 proximity tracing app.
29:39
August 20, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on primary care in Scotland
The ALLIANCE Live podcast welcomes Dr Carey Lunan as its guest in this episode. Carey is a Deep End GP and the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioner's in Scotland. In conversation with Margaret Mckeith, House of Care Lead at the ALLIANCE,  Carey shares with listeners the general mood amongst GPs of the impact COVID-19 has had on them, their practice teams and the individuals in their community who they support and care for. Carey also explains the many ways her colleagues and their staff teams have adapted and evolved over the lockdown period as well as looking to the future and what it might holds for General Practitioners in Scotland.
41:02
July 24, 2020
Wellbeing Wednesday - Good Vibrations
This week Good Vibrations have shared some music played by their Self Management group in Glasgow using a gamelam orchestra, a type of musical instrument from Indonesia. Following the music a participant of the group shares an easy relaxation trick that she uses to stay calm in any situation.
19:33
July 24, 2020
AHPs in Ayrshire and Arran - New ways of working in response to COVID-19 within Primary Care Musculoskeletal services
In a  short series mini series of recordings we speak to three Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) from NHS Ayrshire and Arran about how they have adapted their services during COVID-19 to continue to care for and support the individuals they work with. For the first recording of this series we speak to Christina Starrs, a Advanced Practice Physiotherapist working within primary care Musculoskeletal services. Christina describes the ways in which digital technology has helped the transition to working more remotely and pays tribute the the behind the scenes support that is available within the primary care team. 
14:44
July 22, 2020
AHPs in Ayrshire and Arran - Occupational Therapists supporting and safeguarding the community
In a  short series mini series of recordings we speak to three Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) from NHS Ayrshire and Arran about how they have adapted their services during COVID-19 to continue to care for and support the individuals they work with. In this recording of our miniseries we speak with Gemma Murray, an Occupational Therapist working in localities of North Ayrshire. Gemma describes how her role has changed from delivering rehab programs to people transitioning out of hospital stays to providing safeguarding care to individuals ensuring their safety and wellbeing whilst under lockdown.
18:43
July 22, 2020
AHPs in Ayrshire and Arran - Occupational Therapists supporting wellbeing in prisons during lockdown
In a  short series mini series of recordings we speak to three Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) from NHS Ayrshire and Arran about how they have adapted their services during COVID-19 to continue to care for and support the individuals they work with. In this recording of the mini series we speak with Gemma O'Neill, an Occupational Therapist based in a Ayrshire prison. Gemma talks about the work that has gone on within the prison to help staff and prisoners maintain their wellbeing through a range of care and support measures. 
20:29
July 22, 2020
Maternal and parental rights during COVID-19
In this episode, Katie Wood, Senior Legal Officer at Maternity Action, tells us more about the organisation's work on and around maternal and parental rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of current policies on people – and particularly women.  Read the transcript of this recording, available on the ALLIANCE website.
39:51
July 17, 2020
Shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic
In this podcast, we interview Audrey Birt and Kirsty Gibson, who are both currently shielding in line with the Scottish Governments shielding advice. Hear about the practicalities of shielding,  the impact its has had on their family and friends and how they think experiences could be improved.
30:11
July 7, 2020
Retaining the passion for nursing
In this podcast, Tommy Whitelaw is joined by newly qualified nurses Clare Manley and Craig Davidson where he hears more about their journey transitioning from theory to practice and profession during the pandemic and their new podcast initiative 'Retaining the passion' where they hope to shine a light on key issues affecting the nursing profession and wider society by speaking to various guests about their lived experiences.
29:04
July 2, 2020
Social Enterprise Scotland discuss getting back to business
Chris Martin, the Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Scotland joined the ALLIANCE Live podcast as a guest to discuss how the sector has been effected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris describes the positives of seeing greater support and collaboration both internally and externally with Government and other sectors as well as the negatives of businesses inevitably having to close their doors. The conversation steers itself to looking into the future and Chris provides his view on what measures are needed to give social enterprises a boost as they begin to emerge from the pandemic.  Chris was previously Managing Director of Calander Youth Project Trust and launched the award-winning social enterprise Calandar Hostel securing employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Chris is described as a serial social entrepreneur and has a background in both formal and informal education and he received national acclaim for his work at the youth project and has been recognised with a number of high-profile awards, including an Exceptional Employee at the 2016 Scottish Charity Awards as well as being named 2017 Social Enterprise champion. ALLIANCE Live is committed to providing transcripts to as many of its podcasts as possible. Read the full transcript of this recording on our website.  
28:43
June 25, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on supported employment
To mark Employability Day we are joined in this podcast by Alistair Kerr, Director and Chair from BASE Scotland and David Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment. We're going to explore the impact of the pandemic on supported employment and look to the future. The BASE Network supports disabled and disadvantaged people across the UK and Europe utilising sustainable procurement legislation supporting an inclusive growth strategy to transform the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people across Scotland.  Alistair himself has held various board and chair positions within the three bodies since 2002 and he's been recognised by UK Government as a champion of the social model of disability. David has been the Chief Executive officer of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment since 2017. He has spent the majority of his career with a large voluntary sector organisation with responsibility for developing and delivering employment services, social enterprises and youth projects for people with disabilities. He worked with Scottish Government on the design of the Fair Start Scotland programme and recently participated in the expert group that supported the development of the Fairer Scotland Employment Action Plan.
32:56
June 25, 2020
Wellbeing Wednesday on managing chronic pain with Gillian 
In this Wellbeing Wednesday podcast, Gillian Shirreffs, PhD student at the University of Glasgow shares her story as a person with lived experience of chronic illness. Gillian reads some of her writing that has helped her navigate her diagnosis. The words offer an insight into how creativity has played a role in her management of pain and gives her own tips ahead of her workshop with Glasgow Women's Library.
23:16
June 24, 2020
Social care in the third sector and looking to the future
In this ALLIANCE Live podcast we sit down with Annie Gunner Logan, the Director of the Coalition of Care and Support Provider's in Scotland (CCPS). Annie discusses the range of issues unfolding with social care in the third sector, what's happening now, but also what's needed for a positive future. A fully transcripted version of this podcast is available to read on our website.
59:10
June 23, 2020
Exploring the issues facing disabled people during COVID-19
In this episode, Morven Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Equality Scotland, and tells us about the organisation's work and its recent survey into disabled people's experiences of physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read the transcript of this recording, available on the ALLIANCE website.
22:40
June 22, 2020
The role of palliative care in a pandemic with SPPC
Across the world, hospitals are struggling to get the resources they need to care for people, from face masks to ventilators to ICU beds. But there’s another aspect of health care also in short supply: palliative care. In this podcast, Carer Voices Project Lead Tommy Whitelaw is joined by Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive of Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) to discuss the importance of talking about death, dying well and bereavement as well as the role of palliative care during a pandemic.
25:20
June 15, 2020
Why you should find the soundtrack to your life
In this podcast, ALLIANCE Carer Voices Project Lead Tommy Whitelaw joins Music Detective, Andy Lowndes from Playlist for Life, one of the many ALLIANCE members. The wide-ranging conversation covered how you can find the soundtrack to your life and what it can do for people living with dementia and their carers – always but especially at this time.
25:10
June 11, 2020
Making caring visible with Professor Jason Leitch for Carers Week 2020
There are approximately 759,000 unpaid adult carers in Scotland – many of whom were isolated far before the lockdown and for whom the COVID-19 pandemic has only exasperated challenges and uncertainty. In this ALLIANCE Live, ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather is joined by Scotland’s National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch to discuss the impact of the pandemic on unpaid carers, support available and what the current situation may mean in informing long-term priorities.
25:07
June 9, 2020
Guidance and information from Crohn's & Colitis UK
Rachel Ainley, Health Services Programme Manager from Crohn's & Colitis UK shares with listeners the way the organisation is supporting people they work with through the COVID-19 pandemic and sheds some light on the guidance they are providing people who are living with IBD.
13:37
June 3, 2020
Loneliness and social connectedness during COVID-19
In this ALLIANCE Live we are joined by Anne Callaghan from the Campaign to End Loneliness exploring the impact of loneliness, how COVID-19 has exacerbated it, how society can respond to support people affected by it and the importance of social connectedness and relationships. Anne Callaghan is the Campaign Manager in Scotland for the Campaign to End Loneliness, a UK-wide organisation focused on research, policy and influencing on the issue of loneliness. She sits on the Scottish Government National Implementation group for the delivery of the Social Isolation and Loneliness strategy and is a trustee for Impact Funding Partners and Generations Working
21:49
June 1, 2020
General practice nursing and COVID-19
In this podcast, Carer Voices Project Lead Tommy Whitelaw joins Lynne Innes, National Director for Education at NHS NES discuss the role of general practice nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The wide-ranging conversation covered the delivery of person-centred care, new ways of working in light of COVID-19, the nuanced opportunities and challenges that technology brings and what the current situation might mean for future practice.
19:26
May 28, 2020
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.
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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.
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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.`
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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