Following the collaborative round table on public health that we held on 2nd May 2017, we are grateful to ScotPHN colleagues for producing an excellent note of the meeting and for their commitment to continuing to work with VHS and third sector organisations who attended.Read the note here: … [Read more...] about Getting round the table on public health
VHS was commissioned in July 2016 by the Scottish Government to conduct a scoping exercise to identify the number and range of Link Worker initiatives in primary care settings currently being delivered by the third sector across Scotland. The purpose of the exercise was to help inform the Scottish … [Read more...] about Gold Star Exemplars: Third sector approaches to Community Link Working across Scotland
As our new Helpline moves into its sixth month of operation, call trends are confirming an issue we’ve been hearing about for some time – that some older people are so desperately lonely that they’d rather put up with harm or abuse than risk losing contact with the abuser. We know that it can be … [Read more...] about Lesley’s Blog: Is loneliness among older people putting them at risk of harm and abuse?
The Health Policy Officers Network or HPON is a peer support network for health policy officers working in small to medium sized charities. The group is administered jointly by Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS), and the Queens Nursing Institute for Scotland (QNIS), and meets regularly to discuss key … [Read more...] about Health Policy Officers Network: taking stock “The best bit is that there are no stupid questions”
This briefing report aims to provide an overview of the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Delivery Plan. The scope of this briefing is to highlight areas of interest and key thinking points for the voluntary health sector. We are focusing on the four thematic areas that are drivers for … [Read more...] about VHS Briefing – The Health and Social Care Delivery Plan
Audit Scotland has an interest in improving the health of the population – indeed, don’t we all?How do we know what’s value for money, what works and what’s important to people who use services? We have a commitment to try and find new ways of measuring the things that matter to people and … [Read more...] about Lorraine’s Blog: Looking through a public health lens – what did we see?
Our latest news bulletin is packed with useful information for and about voluntary health organisations.Download it here - or why not sign up to get it direct each month?Subscribe to VHS monthly e-bulletin … [Read more...] about What’s new? Read our May 2017 e-bulletin.
Recently I was delighted to give the opening address at the Scottish Government's stakeholder event on developing a National Strategy to Tackle Social Isolation and Loneliness. Here's a summary of what I said - and if you're interested in reading my presentation in full and seeing the Scottish … [Read more...] about Claire’s blog: A National Strategy to Tackle Social Isolation and Loneliness
VHS have been working with Glasgow Caledonian University lecturer Brian Smith and his students, who worked in 4 teams to address the following brief for VHS: “Design a business to business social marketing strategy that identifies the nature and increases the awareness of the issues of … [Read more...] about How Can Social Marketing Help Us Develop a Strategic Approach to Loneliness?