Chair of the latest Scotland Policy Conferences seminar – next steps for integration in health and social care – Rhoda Grant, Labour MSP and member of the carers’ cross-party group, joined healthandcare.scot to discuss the nature of caring in Scotland.
As Scotland’s population ages and the need for paid and unpaid carers increases, Ms Grant reflects on the importance of ensuring the right support systems are in place so that carers are kept involved at every stage, particularly if an individual ends up in hospital.
A Scottish campaigning organisation says there has been a sea-change in the technology available for people with diabetes since it was founded a decade ago – but too few Scots are benefitting.
IPAG was formed to raise awareness of the opportunities for people with Type 1 diabetes to replace regular injections of insulin with portable pumps. As pumps were becoming more advanced, the technology for monitoring a person’s blood glucose levels was also moving from testing finger-prick blood droplets to getting constant readouts from continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices – with the option for some of linking both monitoring and pumps into an automated closed loop.
The group’s chair Mary Moody has been telling healthandcare.scot’s John Macgill about the daily challenge of managing diabetes
Ahead of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland annual conference 2019, we spoke to three people who have been instrumental in establishing a group that uses singing to help Glasgow residents breathe a little easier.
Now under the umbrella of the Cheyne Gang, PhD student Sophie Boyd, practice nurse Janice Paterson and community links practitioners Deborah Hamilton, have been running singing sessions for individuals suffering from breathlessness – something which can stem from a variety of conditions, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or anxiety.
At the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh's Quality Governance Conference, we caught up with Susanna Stanford - a passionate advocate of the need for patients to be able to feedback on their care, and for clinicians to be able to respond.
Having experienced a spinal anaesthetic failing eight years ago, Ms Stanford's discovery that there was no established route through which she could give feedback on the standard of care she received, led her on a journey to champion more adequate communication and collaboration between clinicians and their patients.