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South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership: Working together to improve health and wellbeing in the community - with the community



Val's blog: Lights, camera . . . action! Partnership conversations going live . . .


A recent highlight for South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership was our Building and Celebrating Communities (BCC) events.

As many of you will know, a key aim of the events in early June was to explore how we can generate more space for communities to create the things that matter to them - and how we can support these activities.

Over the week we reached out and into our four localities. Each day was vibrant, each day was very different – and we've just launched a short film double bill that has a dual, unifying aim.

Firstly, we wanted to create an online resource that offers a snapshot - and sums up the essence - of these initial BCC conversations. Please do watch our first film, Building and Celebrating Communitieshere.


The events saw participation from over 360 people from a spectrum of backgrounds and interests. The conversations we had, in my view, were 1) bright, 2) hopeful and 3) ambitious. We asked some of you who attended to sum up your views in three words. Our second film is all about the power of those three words – with valuable contributions and views from across the partnership.

And the conversation just begins here . . .

Whether you attended the events or couldn't make it, we hope these films are helpful in setting out the premise of BCC.  We also want to know (our second aim) what you or people in your community care deeply about - and want to act on. These films provide another means of getting in touch, with contact details shown.

There’s other ways of joining, and indeed, continuing our conversation. We’ve just launched an online survey, aimed at those who attended, which only takes a few minutes to complete. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the sessions and indeed what you have been doing in your communities. The survey closes on Friday 4 August.

All this feedback is vitally important as it will help shape the direction of our journey, now and in the future. Enjoy the films and stay tuned – we’ll be keeping you closely updated on BCC progress.


In other developments, our integrated children’s services plan launches later this month. South Lanarkshire’s Children, Young People and Families 2017–2020 builds on our achievements from previous children’s services plans - and central to the blueprint is our commitment to three high level outcomes:

Prevention and early support: Children have the best start in life and are supported to realise their potential.

Health and wellbeing: The health and wellbeing of children, young people and families is improved.

Supporting vulnerable groups and keeping children safe: The life chances of our most vulnerable children with additional support needs and our most vulnerable young people are improved.  

Our children’s services partners are committed to working together to get it right for every child, young person and family in South Lanarkshire. The launch of this plan represents an important milestone as those endeavours continue.

And endeavour is perhaps a great word to summarise the effort and energy characterising other areas of partnership working here in South Lanarkshire.

  • In May, I opened an appreciative inquiry event (a method of working that seeks to engage people in self-determined change) with Allied Health Professionals and the Third Sector within the partnership. The event covered three areas concerned with developing new ways of working together - and the outputs are available to read here.
  • Our Telehealth campaign continues to support an upward trajectory of people using simple technology to manage a variety of health conditions at home.

  • I recently appeared at the NHS Event in Glasgow to talk about a day in the life of a Chief Officer and bumped into Our Fraser. Remember you can watch his film – and how he’s staying independent thanks to Telehealth – here.
  • Finally, and to finish on the film theme,  a wide range of health and wellbeing projects were showcased recently at a Doors Open event in Lockhart Hospital Community Hub.

The event, organised by Healthy Valleys and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership (SLH&SCP), included interactive sessions to give people the chance to get some hands-on learning about healthy lifestyles. Around 130 people attended on the day and this short clip showcases the day’s activities. 

This event, like all of the ongoing (and aforementioned) efforts across our partnership, really embodies our vision:

Working together to improve health and wellbeing with the community – in the community.

Thanks for reading and I will be back in touch soon.
Have a lovely summer.
Val de Souza
Director of Health and Social Care
South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care




Val’s next session will take place on Friday 11 August from 14.30–16.00 in Consulting Room 5, Blantyre Health Centre, Victoria Street, Blantyre, G72 0BS. To book a 15 minute slot, contact Giuliana Gustinelli on 01698 453700 or email










News Date: 
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017
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