News: New funding announced to support health and wellbeing

Announced today, from the Scottish Library and Information Council; Public Library Improvement Fund and the Scottish Government, there is £74,336 of new funding. This project aims to create a new service model connecting librarians, citizens, health care professionals and third sector staff to improve the overall health and wellbeing of individuals.

This  project will be managed by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS Health Scotland, aiming to bring together people from all sectors within a local authority to strengthen support around health and social care for people to those who make use of support & services.

While this new service model will initially be rolled out in three localities, North Ayrshire, Midlothian and South Lanarkshire, commitment has been secured from the Health and Social Care Partnerships not just in these three areas, but also to roll the new service model nationally towards 2020.

This project will map out existing support and strengthen approaches using the new teams shared knowledge and experience, reflecting the ambitions behind the Christie Commission and Public Health Reform.

This service model will also include a special focus on vulnerable groups at risk of exclusion, including tailored support for young people with mental health conditions. Localities that are participating will select other health inequality group to focus on.

Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive, the ALLIANCE said:

 “We are delighted to bring together key partners within health and social care to strengthen our collective voice supporting self management, shared decision making and health literacy. This work will further our commitment to address health inequalities in Scotland.”

With thanks to the ALLIANCE, more information can be found here.