Dr Rachel McAdams has worked across various aspects of public health both locally and nationally and is the Public Health Reform lead on the development of our whole system approach to delivering the Public Health Priorities. In this episode, Rachel talks to Carolyn Hughes about the importance and benefits of whole system working to improve Scotland’s health.
To improve Scotland’s health and wellbeing we need to work together to shift our focus to preventing ill health, reducing inequalities and working more effectively in partnership. This will require a different way of working that supports everybody, as part of a wider system, to move towards a shared vision for public health. This podcast looks at early adopters of public health reform's whole system approach and some of the broader challenges facing communities.
Income inequality undermines opportunities for disadvantaged groups and individuals. Our health is intrinsically linked to our ability to participate fully in society and having the resources or the social connections to do so. This podcast looks at some of the major issues facing partners working to improve lives for communities under the banner of public health priority 5.
Scotland's fourth shared public health priority seeks to reduce the use of, and harm from, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. West Dunbartonshire is currently taking a new approach and recently became the first area in Scotland to adopt public health reform's whole system approach to tackle substance use. This podcast outlines their approach.
Mental wellbeing is about both feeling good and functioning effectively, maintaining positive relationships and living a life that has a sense of purpose. It is shaped by our life circumstances, our relationships and our ability to control or adapt to the adverse circumstances we face. This podcast looks at work complementing public health priority 3 in Midlothian which promotes wellbeing in the community.
We want Scotland to be the best place for a child to grow up. Scotland's second shared public health priority places particular emphasis on our early years, recognising that experiences in childhood, such as the impact of poverty, can have a significant impact on health outcomes throughout a person’s life. This podcast looks at some of the issues facing communities and some of the work already underway to change lives for the better.
People in Scotland live in a variety of environments from cities, towns and villages, to large rural areas, coastal communities and islands. Where we live, work and play, the connections we have with others and the extent to which we feel able to influence the decisions that affect us – all have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. This edition of the podcast looks at some of the issues being looked at to help change communities for the better.
The right to good mental wellbeing is recognised in Scotland's shared public health priorities and Midlothian is one of the areas taking an early lead in extending partnerships to help meet local needs. Jackie Sneddon turned to her local GP in Penicuik for help at a low period in her own life and was referred to the Thistle Foundation for non-medical support. Campbell Hart asked her if the referral had helped to make a positive change...
Faced with high levels of substance use in West Dunbartonshire a ten-year strategy has been put in place to help reverse a complex culture that leads to health inequalities in local communities.
The area has become Scotland's first early adopter of the whole system approach, which brings partners together for the good of the community.
Chief Officer at the West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Beth Culshaw, discussed her ambition for the project with Campbell Hart.