The first thing we want you to know about the Self Management Network Scotland is that we need you.
We know that there is a huge amount of exciting and innovative work around self management being carried out in Scotland and we know that you are the leaders in this. In order to capture, share and improve lives with this work, we have developed the Self Management Network Scotland.
So who are we?
We are the Self Management Partnership and Practice Programme
Based at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), the Self Management Partnership and Practice Programme grew out of recognition of the learning being generated by Self Management IMPACT Funded projects. In order to share the learning, good practice and innovative ideas being developed, this programme will work to develop self management across Scotland and facilitate your conversations about self management.
Explore this site to read our latest posts highlighting what is happening in Scotland now. To contribute, learn from others and attend our events:
Meet the Team
Programme Manager (maternity cover)
I’ve been working with the ALLIANCE since September 2012, leading on My Skills, My Strengths, My Right to Work. The project looks to readdress the injustice of people living with long term conditions being disproportionately disadvantaged in the work place, as well as increasing the aspirations among those who support or live with long term conditions to access and excel in employment by using self management as a tool. It has been a pleasure to work with the Self Management Partnership and Practice Programme in the past as both projects support the spread of good practice and the development of successful partnerships so it is exciting to cover Sara’s role whilst she is on maternity leave.
I hope to build on the relationships that Sara and the team have created to ensure self management continues to be at the forefront of service design and delivery, and is influenced and designed by people with lived experience.
The things I like to do which keeps me well include long walks, spending time with my family and visiting new places
Programme Manager (maternity leave)
I’ve been working with the ALLIANCE since July 2012 and before this worked as a social researcher with Scottish Government in the Equality and Tackling Poverty Analytical Team. My current role is to develop the Self Management Partnership and Practice Programme to support the spread of good practice and the development of partnerships in self management.
Self management in Scotland is an example of a people led movement and this is one of the reasons I love my role. My aim for this programme is that people with long term conditions and their carers continue to be at the centre of self management approaches and that we can help to share good practice and learning in order that self management becomes central in the support and services available to people.
The things that help me to feel well are yoga, eating good food, and being able to talk about things I am worried about.
I have recently taken up a secondment role as Development Officer for the Self Management Partnership and Practice Programme. I will be working to create and develop links with local Third Sector Interfaces and Health and Social Care Partnerships to find out where I can support their work and increase the profile of self management.
A large part of my role will be organising and promoting Self Management Week which takes places each year and this includes the annual Awards Ceremony. I’m really looking forward to finding out about all the amazing work that goes on across Scotland with self management being an key component. As I have recently moved from the Events and Communications team in the ALLIANCE I hope my knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to me in this role.
To keep myself healthy and happy I enjoy going to the gym, running and regularly spending time with my friends and of course the odd cheat meal.
As the Network Officer with the Self Management Partnership and Practice team, I will work to promote the Self Management Network Scotland, recruit new members, arrange networking events and help you stay in touch with one another.
My ambition for this network is to provide a space where all the great self management work is captured. This will create a solid evidence base to demonstrate how empowering individuals to self manage can change lives. I believe we can do this!
I joined the ALLIANCE in August 2014 from NHS Education for Scotland where I worked on the development and promotion of Social Services Knowledge Scotland, the online library service for all social care staff in Scotland.
In this previous role I was a librarian and have to confess to being a bit of a book geek. (I’m no use in your pub quiz team unless there are some questions about old books.) I worked as a librarian because, to me, education is so important. My role here at the ALLIANCE will allow me to support people being empowered to learn more about their condition and keeping well.