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Strategic Partners

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a shared mission.

Co-creating a healthier future with individuals and communities by developing courageous and compassionate leaders and practitioners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to design, deliver and evaluate people-centred integrated care.

The priority areas for the collaboration are:

  • Leadership and education to shape practice;
  • Building capability through knowledge exchange and translation;
  • Engaging in action research and evaluation;
  • Influencing policy and system change; and,
  • Empowering people and communities.
Alliance Scotland
UWS University of the West of Scotland

The national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations, the ALLIANCE has over 2,900 members: large, national support providers, small, local volunteer-led groups, and people who are disabled, living with long term conditions or providing unpaid care. Our vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages who are disabled or living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers, have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well, as equal and active citizens, free from discrimination, with support and services that put them at the centre.

> Visit the Alliance Scotland Website

UWS has 4 campuses across the west and southwest of Scotland and one campus in central London.The strong relationships between UWS and local health boards, local authorities, hospices, user and carer groups, voluntary sector partners, care homes and social care providers enables field research and knowledge translation into practice. UWS offers cross-sectoral education on integrated care that can be delivered as CPD or as formal higher education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including a Masters on Leading People Centred Integrated Care.

Watch our video: Leading People Centred Integrated Care Masters showing our students talk about the value of their course in their workplace and how the blended learning fits around their working life.

> Visit the UWS website

Collaborating partners

Representatives from the following organisations contribute to our Reference Network, bringing policy, academic or delivery expertise.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

The goal of the Centre is to support the delivery of improved care for remote, rural and island communities across Scotland; to reduce remote, rural and island health and wellbeing inequalities; and to achieve this through focused work on improving the sustainability, capacity, and capability of remote, rural and island Primary care and community-based workforce and service delivery.

A new Information Hub for the National Centre for Remote and Rural Health and Care is available. Hosted on Turas Learn the site is National Centre for Remote and Rural Health and Care: Information Hub | Turas | Learn (nhs.scot) still under development.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is an organisation with many parts and one purpose – better quality health and social care for everyone in Scotland. Community Engagement aim to improve how health and care services listen to people, value their views and involve people in developing services. Find out more: hisengage.scot

> Visit the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website

Bield Housing & Care are a not-for-profit organisation and Scottish Charity.  We are also a Registered Social Landlord.  As one of the largest providers of housing and support services for older people in Scotland, we own or part own over 4,600 properties and operate across 22 local authorities. Our purpose explains why we exist.  Over the years, we have gradually broadened our scope from simply being an effective social landlord to our more ambitious, multi-dimensional purpose today.

Visit Bield Housing and Care

Public Health Scotland
Care Inspectorate

Launched on 1st April, 2020, Public Health Scotland brings together Health Protection Scotland, Information Services Division and NHS Health Scotland They are Scotland’s lead agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland’s people to achieve the vision of a Scotland where everybody thrives.

> Visit the Public Health Scotland website

The Care Inspectorate is a scrutiny body which supports improvement. That means we look at the quality of care in Scotland to ensure it meets high standards. Where we find that improvement is needed, we support services to make positive changes. Our vision is that everyone experiences safe, high-quality care that meets their needs, rights and choices.

> Visit the Care Inspectorate website 

The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland and has a range of responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.

Visit: https://www.gov.scot/health-and-social-care/

Scottish Care
NHS Education For Scotland

The voice of the independent social care sector in Scotland, representing the largest group of independent sector social care providers across Scotland, delivering residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services. This includes private, not for profit and charitable organisations.

> Visit the Scottish Care website

Carers UK has a history stretching back to the 1960s when a carer called Rev. Mary Webster founded the first ever carers’ organisation. This organisation merged with another carers’ organisation to form Carers UK. Over the years countless thousands of our members have fought alongside us for a better deal for carers and have helped to lead and shape the charity.

Visit UK Carers

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is an education and training body and a special health board with responsibility for developing and delivering education and training for the healthcare workforce in Scotland. NES has a Scotland wide role in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development.

> Visit the NHS Education of Scotland website

Digital-Health-and-Care-Scatland logo

We play a pivotal role inspiring, enabling and combining world-leading industry and academic expertise with service, business and technical innovation to create person-centred digital health and care innovations to positively impact society. We shift the balance of care from a traditional treatment model, through the development of digital health and care innovations that focus on prevention, early detection, post event care and independent assisted living.

> Visit the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre website

Technology Enabled Care is defined as “where outcomes for individuals in home or community settings are improved through the application of technology as an integral part of quality, cost effective care and support”. Launched in late 2014, the Scotland-wide programme is designed to significantly increase citizen choice and control in health, well-being and care services.

> Visit the Digital Health and Care Scotland website

> Visit the TEC website

The University’s Usher Institute is recognised as a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) on Population Health Research and Training. Their vision is to catalyse the transformation of health in society by working with people, populations and their data.  The Advanced Care Research Centre is a multi-disciplinary research programme combining research across fields including medicine and other care professions, engineering, informatics, data and social sciences. Their vision is to improve the quality and sustainability of care provision and to reduce inequalities in care provision in order to enhance the quality of life, dignity and the desired level of independence of people living with multiple conditions in later life.

Visit: https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/advanced-care-research-centre

NHS Forth Valley
Inverclyde HSCP
NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Forth Valley serves a population of more than 306,000 in a diverse geographical area which covers the heart of Scotland. It supports the integration of community services through two Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs).

> Visit the NHS Forth Valley website!

Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is a new organisation that brings together community health services and social work services for Inverclyde. The HSCP will work to improve lives by focusing on the outcomes local people want to achieve, based on what is most important to them.

> Visit the HSCP website

NHS Lanarkshire is the third largest health board in Scotland serving a population of 655,000 across rural and urban communities. With two Health and Social Care Partnerships the Board is committed to delivering high quality, innovative health and social care that is person-centred and supports everyone to live longer, healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting.

> Visit the NHS Lanarkshire website

Compassionate Inverclyde is an award winning, values based social movement and now a newly formed Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) based in Inverclyde. More than 100 Volunteers, befrienders, companions and those in community cafes work in partnership with faith groups, neighbourhoods, voluntary organisations, local businesses, care providers, schools, college, hospice, police and prison service. The ethos is person centred (focusing on what matters to local people) and strength based, recognising and nurturing the strengths and assets of individuals, families and neighbourhoods. Values are Kind, Bold and Inclusive and purpose is to improve community and individual wellbeing within Inverclyde.

COSLA is a councillor-led, cross-party organisation which champions councils’ vital work to secure the resources and powers they need. We work on councils’ behalf to focus on the challenges and opportunities they face, and to engage positively with governments and others on policy, funding and legislation.

> Visit the COSLA website