On Thursday 27th April 2017, Amanda Payne represented FND Action at an event organised by the Alliance. It was the first meeting of the Self Management Network Scotland of 2017 and around 70 delegates representing a variety of health and social care charities and organisations attended. The venue was The Studio, a purpose built events hub on the 9th floor of a building in Glasgow, with spectacular views over the city.
The Self Management Network Scotland was set up to bring together people and organisations to work together to support people living with long term health conditions, to empower them to live the fullest life possible. The theme of the event was ‘Network for Change’ and provided a great opportunity for healthcare professionals, charities and third sector organisations to get together and find out about the services on offer.
Following the introduction, various speakers gave a short talk on the work that they or their organisation were doing to help people with long term health conditions. We heard from NHS Highland about their Pain Toolkit, from Voices Scotland, Quest in Dumfries who provide support to young carers, from Bobath, a charity that helps people with Cerebral Palsy and lots more. What was clear is that there are a lot of dedicated people in Scotland working hard for people with long term health conditions.
There followed two workshop sessions where groups discussed firstly how to ensure that all the expertise and resources in the network were most effectively shared across the network and then in the second session, how that information could then be shared with the wider public. Lots of great ideas were generated.
Finally, there was an evaluation session and an action plan for each person at the event was created.
FND Action looks forward to continuing to work with the Alliance and the Self Management Network Scotland, and our action plan includes making sure we continue to develop our resource section on the website, so that we can share information with people with FND and NEAD about the services and resources available in their area.