Building healthy communities – tackling the key challenges to health improvement in Scotland
THURSDAY 02 FEBRUARY 2017
Featuring a keynote address from Gerald McLaughlin, Chief Executive of NHS Health Scotland, this half-day conference will explore the impact of five leading public health challenges – obesity, diabetes, long term conditions, mental health and alcohol misuse – and showcase innovative community-led and community-based responses which seek to engage and empower efforts to build healthy communities.
|GERALD MCLAUGHLIN, Chief Executive, NHS Health Scotland
ZAHID DEEN, Digital Health and Care Strategic Lead, The ALLIANCE
KIRSTEEN MURRAY, Interim Director, Diabetes Scotland
GWENN MCCREATH, Chief Executive, Health in mind
LYNDSEY HAGUE, Head of Operations Scotland, Phoenix Futures
JOANNE ALLEN, Partnerships Business Development Manager, Slimming World
BRIAN CAVANAGH, Managing Director, Brian Cavanagh Consulting
Scotland has made significant progress in shaking off the tag “the sick man of Europe” and thanks to a long-term policy commitment life expectancy rates in Scotland have improved and are edging closer to European averages. Yet the nation faces significantly different health challenges now than in the past. Scotland’s health is no longer about combating the industrial diseases of the last century but rather about responding to a range of debilitating conditions that have the potential to perpetuate significant health inequalities within communities across the country.
Obesity. Diabetes. Long term conditions. Mental health. Alcohol misuse. These are the current leading challenges facing Scotland’s public health – each presenting a barrier to the ambition of community health improvement.
Brian Cavanagh, Managing Director, Brian Cavanagh Consulting & former Chair, NHS Lothian
Gerald McLaughlin, Chief Executive, NHS Health Scotland
Joanne Allen, Partnerships Business Development Manager, Slimming World
Kirsteen Murray, Interim Director, Diabetes Scotland
Zahid Deen, Digital Health and Care Strategic Lead, The ALLIANCE
Gwenn McCreath, Chief Executive, Health in mind
Lyndsey Hague, Head of Operations Scotland, Phoenix Futures
Gerald McLaughlin was appointed Chief Executive of NHS Health Scotland with effect from 6 September 2010. A social sciences graduate, Gerald worked for 20 years as a local authority social work manager. Following a period as Glasgow’s principal child protection officer, he moved to the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Scotland, as Assistant Director, in 1998, before joining the British Red Cross as Director in 2000 and taking his place on the senior management team. For 6 years, until September 2010, he was also a non executive member of the Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
As the ALLIANCE’s Digital Health and Care (DHC) Lead, Zahid is focused on increasing citizen participation and bringing the voice of lived experience into public sector led eHealth programmes. His role also involves sharing knowledge, encouraging collaboration as well as innovation on DHC initiatives driven by the third sector. Zahid has over 15 years’ experience in digital communications technology and policy. He previously worked at Ofcom and was the Scottish Government’s Head of Telecommunications Policy.
Born and educated in Scotland, Kirsteen spent much of her career South of the Border, returning to Scotland in 2010. After experience in roles across the private, public and voluntary sectors, for the past 11 years Kirsteen has specialised in health and social care transformation at national, regional and local levels, including work with major consulting firms. She took up the post of Interim National Director of Diabetes Scotland in July 2016.
Gwenn is Chief Executive of Health in Mind, which works mainly in Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders; Health in Mind also runs Trauma Counselling Line Scotland, for survivors of abuse and hosts the operational delivery of the recently launched ‘In Care Survivor Support Fund Scotland’.
Health in Mind is a values-based charity, delivering a range of mental health and wellbeing services, including support; talking therapies; day services; information; self-management, connecting people/communities and equalities work.
As Chief Executive of Health in Mind, Gwenn has twelve years’ experience of running a charity which includes a wide range of person-centred services. During this time, Health in Mind staff, volunteers and people who use or might use services have come together with other stakeholders to identify and develop a range of supports and solutions, some of them described in the session today.
Gwenn has wide-ranging voluntary sector experience, working at senior level in RNIB Scotland and RNIB UK prior to joining Health in Mind. She recently completed six years on the Board of Volunteer Scotland; she is Chair of Royal Blind, the largest sight loss charity in Scotland, and has recently joined the Board of EVOC, the umbrella body for Edinburgh’s voluntary sector. She is also a founding member of the Scottish Mental Health Co-operative and part of the Alliance Leadership Team for the In Care Survivor Support Fund Scotland.
On completion of a BSc (HONS) in Forensic Psychology in 2004 Lyndsey worked within Forensic Psychology and various offending behaviour programmes within HM Prisons, Youth Offending Teams and National Probation Service until she joined Phoenix Futures in 2007 as a Drug worker at HMP Styal, with a desire to support those with addiction issues. She then took on the Therapeutic Community Treatment Manager position at HMP Garth. In 2011 Lyndsey moved into the role of Residential Manager at Wirral Residential Service, before becoming Locality Manager for the Central Lancashire Prison and Community Integrated contract.
In 2014 she moved to into the role of Phoenix Futures Head of Operations overseeing operations across Scotland and a range of services in the North West of England; including Residential rehabilitation, Housing services, Community and Prison Recovery services and a Secure Care Centre for Children. Lyndsey also leads on Business Development including Innovative model design and the growth of strategic partnerships for Scotland.
Joanne has several years weight management commissioning experience. Joanne enjoys the responsibility of account managing a number of Slimming World on Referral schemes as well as supporting the growth and development of Slimming World on Referral. Most recently Joanne has been working nationally supporting workplace health and wellbeing initiatives in the public and private sectors.
Brian has over 25 years experience of leadership in health and social care in Scotland. As a former Chair of NHS Lothian and former Chair of Social Services in Edinburgh City Council, much of his career involved bringing health and social care together. During his time as Chair at NHS Lothian he led the establishment of the first integrated health and social care partnership in West Lothian which shaped thinking on the introduction of Integration Joint Boards.
He currently runs a mentoring consultancy working as a trusted advisor to clients in the NHS and the not for profit sector. He specialises in the role of board governance.
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