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Health and Social Care Academy

Transform, Learn, Connect

The Health and Social Care Academy is being developed to help drive fundamental change in health and social care in Scotland. It has a unique role in doing this through the lens of lived experience, with a focus on relational, rather than organisational aspects of change.

People across Scotland – including people who access, and those who deliver, support and services – are working hard to change the culture of health and social care and design new approaches. Much of this is focused on moving away from a ‘fix it’ model of ‘doing to people’, and instead adopting approaches in which we are equal partners and we make the most of everyone’s contributions.

This kind of change is not easy. The Academy will offer a safe space for people to come together, to access support and share learning, and to do this on a cross-sector basis.

It is not a ‘bricks and mortar’ academy, or a traditional learning institution – it is a resource-light initiative that will seek to bring together a programme of engaging, creative activities that help support us all as champions for change.

All Academy activity will reflect a core set of ‘PATH’ principles:

- Person-centred: the priorities, expertise and lived experience of people will be the lens through which all activity is undertaken.
- Asset-based: all activity will reflect a belief in the assets, skills and capacity that all stakeholders bring.
- Transformative change: all activity will seek to drive fundamental positive change, rather than only improving existing model.
- Human rights and equality: all activity will be inclusive and reflect a human rights based approach

Why is the ALLIANCE developing the Academy?

The ALLIANCE has a track record of helping drive change in health and social care and of working with its members at the radical edge of new thinking and approaches.

The self management agenda is an example of where locating an initiative with the ALLIANCE, instead of opting for a traditional approach, resulted in a distinctly different outcome. ‘Gaun Yersel, the Self Management Strategy for Scotland’ is a bottom-up, person-centred strategy which is contributing to the shift in culture towards ‘people powered health and wellbeing’. The ALLIANCE, with its members, now encompasses a range of programmes that are driving asset-based innovation in health and social care.

The Academy is intended as a much-needed cross-sector platform and focal point for such activity, a support for all those driving it, and a space for the more radical and emergent ideas.

As with all the ALLIANCE’s activities, key to success of the Academy will be the combination of: the voice of people and communities being central; a strong foundation in key principles such as human rights andco-production; and close partnership across all sectors, with people who use support and services holding equal power. The Academy represents an initiative with a fundamental brief in bringing sectors together on a collective basis. As a third sector organisation, The ALLIANCE already has strong working partnerships with other sectors.

What will the Academy do?

The Academy programme is being developed in partnership with stakeholders, including a Programme Board, over the coming months. Activities will be designed to support transforming, learning and connecting through a range of accessible, creative and engaging approaches. This will include opportunities for people to engage with radical thinkers, participate in reflective learning and develop their own capacity as agents of change. All activity will bring together people with lived experience and people working in health and social care as equal partners.

Join in with the Academy to be part of the change..

We’re really keen for the Academy to help influence changes in health and social care. The team would love to hear your views on bring together a programme of engaging, creative activities that help support us all as champions for change.

There is a wide range of ways to get involved, from coming along to one of our events, to sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences through a blog to joining a learning community or coming to us with ideas of how we can work with you or your organisation.

We are really keen to develop partnerships with other organisations who are also working on transformational change in health and social care

People need to be part of the transformation of health and social care, and engaging with the Academy to support them to do that through sharing their learning, learning from others, connecting with others, viewing challenges through the lens of lived experience.

Contact us

Shelley Gray, Director of Policy and Communications, Academy – Strategic Lead

For general information about the Health and Social Care Academy please email:

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This record was last modified on: 18 March 2016