If not now, when?

My role with the Health and Social Care Academy means I get to meet and even interview some fascinating people. Recently Andy Lippok of Resolis Associates Ltd. took the initiative to invite the innovator of Buurtzorg to speak in Scotland and so we agreed with Andy to make the most of this [...]

Care for the Caregiver: A Tip from the Danes

Often when we are asked to care for others, there is a dire need. An infirm parent doesn’t want to leave their home. Or children in flux need attentive parenting. But be warned. There is a line between helping out and co-dependence. I frequently see the results of helping at the co-dependent end [...]

January can be a difficult month

January can be a difficult month for many, depression can stalk us when there is such little day light. Like many I have experienced and witnessed the impact of depression on myself and people I love and its a devastating illness. So often it’s undiagnosed and diminishes lives, steals joy, [...]

The need to decouple health and social care from politics

Yet again I have had to engage with the NHS recently and I have been treated with respect, compassion, taken seriously and supported with clinical competence. I’m so grateful to all who play their part. In many ways the system works well for me, especially as I have a good level of health [...]

Occupying space for transformational change

There is an audible hum across the city just now. The festival in Edinburgh is always heady stuff, creativity crackles, all the senses are tested, choice of entertainment abounds and there is never enough time to do it all it seems. But this year we have the additional hum of political conversation [...]

To make us well

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Who could argue with that? [...]
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