CFHS, as part of NHS Health Scotland, works in close partnership with CHEX and VHS on the learning exchange programme. This programme aims to facilitate discussion and learning between civil servants and community/voluntary health organisations. A report is available on the pilot process and learning from 2012. The learning exchange programme has since continued with a facilitated programme of learning exchanges between community-led and voluntary sector health organisations and Scottish Government civil servants in the North East of Scotland in 2013. A report from these events is now available.
More recently the partner agencies delivered a round table learning event as part of the programme on Tuesday 19 August in Edinburgh. The aim of the session was to demonstrate first-hand how policies affect and impact on people’s lives and how all agencies across all sectors can work together to eliminate health inequalities. A report of this event is now available.
The session was an opportunity for people to network and to share information and learning. Approximately 35-40 people attended the session. Those working at a national level and at a local level attended the event.
Gerry Power, National Lead for Co-production and Community Capacity Building started the day and talked to participants about his work in relation to the Joint Improvement Team (JIT). Participants also heard real-life examples of how local community/voluntary organisations are making a difference to people’s lives.
The event organisers arranged follow-up field visits to a number of community/voluntary organisations in the autumn of 2014. Participants visited Health All Round and Wester Hailes Community Health Agency. Visitors were able to learn more about the organisations, have a look around the premises and meet some members of staff and volunteers. A strong sense of partnership working was evident when talking to staff and volunteers.
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CHEX and VHS are funded fully or partly by Health Scotland. Additional funding for the learning exchange programme is provided by the Third Sector unit at the Scottish Government.