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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.

Health and Social Care Scotland
Scholl Academic Centre

Our Theory of Change documents our three approaches:

  • We inform – create conditions for effective information sharing
  • We translate and facilitate – support individuals and groups to make use of evidence
  • We co-create – work with communities to test out ideas and create conditions for embedding change

Our ethos is collaboration and we are committed to working in partnership with other agencies involved in care and support and with service users and carers.

> Visit the IRISS website

Health and Social Care Scotland is a national collaboration through which those who lead change within health and social care partnerships can come together to learn from each other, work collectively and support one another to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes for the people of Scotland through Integration, Collaboration, and Transformation.

> Visit the HSC Scotland website

Hospice IOM launched the Scholl Academic Centre in March 2019, with three main areas of focus: Education, Innovation and Research.

The Scholl Academic Centre is part of Hospice Isle of Man’s commitment their strategy ‘Much More Than A Building’. Researchers have been engaging with people within the community to find out what matters to them: what matters most is choice, in where they live, where they receive their care and where they die when the time comes.

> Visit the Scholl Academic Centre website

Healthcare Improvement Scotland
iHub Scotland

QNIS is a charitable organisation promoting excellence in community nursing to improve the health and well-being of the people of Scotland. Our purpose is to enable nurses who work in Scotland’s communities to be the very best they can be.

> Visit the QNIS website

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

The Improvement Hub (ihub) was established in April 2016 to support those delivering health and social care across Scotland to redesign and continuously improve services to ensure they meet the changing needs of people in Scotland.

> Visit the iHub Scotland website

Public Health Scotland
Care Inspectorate
Scottish school of primary care

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 

Scottish School of Primary Care is a virtual school comprising all Scottish academic departments with significant primary care research output. It exists to facilitate collaboration between senior academics in primary care and key stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of integrated health and social care service policy.

> Visit the SSPC website

Scottish Care
The Centre for Education and Social Policy
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

The Centre for Education and Social Policy conducts research on what matters in particular contexts and policy frameworks and on how to create a more equitable society. The Centre has expertise in forming partnerships between academics and professionals to address key issues in practice and inform and improve outcomes.

> Visit the The Centre for Education and Social Policy website

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

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Hanover Scotland

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

Our core purpose is to help older people feel safe and secure at home and to live fulfilling and independent lives. We currently manage more than 5,000 homes throughout Scotland and provide a range of housing and tenure types to meet the different support needs of older people, allowing them to retain their independence within a local community and enjoy as much privacy or company as they wish.

> Visit the Hanover Scotland website

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

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

NHS Dumfries and Galloway serves a population of over 148,000 but within a large geographical area in the southwest of Scotland. The Health Board aims to deliver excellent care that is person-centred, safe, effective, efficient and reliable, and works with local communities and partner organisations to reduce health inequalities.

> Visit the NHS Dumfries and Galloway website

Generations Working Together (GWT) promote and support the development and delivery of intergenerational practice across Scotland. This involves projects, activities or events where people of different generations get to know each other, share creative ideas and skills, learn new skills, and work together to identify solutions for problems and challenges in their communities. GWT provide training opportunities, resources, organising events and facilitating network opportunities to enable high quality intergenerational activity to take root and to flourish. Membership is free for anyone living in Scotland.

> Visit the Generations Working Together website

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