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In Argyll and Bute, many people are living with long-term health conditions, and many more are at risk of developing them. To help people deal with this, and to live the best and healthiest lives possible, we have developed the Living Well Strategy. The strategy focuses on supporting people to manage their own health, and supporting communities to build groups and networks which can link people together.

Everyone can benefit from Living Well activities and support, even those who are already living healthy lives. Living Well promotes community and information, as well as planning in advance for any health problems that might come up. This is not as a replacement for services, but rather helps to support services by building up people’s capacity to know and manage their own health.

The documents contributing to the Living Well Strategy, as well as the Strategy itself, can be found here.

Living Well Strategy 2019  Engagement report  Strategy Summary   Summary of Staff Survey finalWellbeing leaflet print-ready 1.02

Health and Wellbeing Development Day – 12th September 2019

The Public Health team is pleased to announce that a Health and Wellbeing Development Day on “Supporting people to improve their health through health behaviour change” will take place on 12th September 2019, at the Inveraray Inn, Inveraray.

You don’t need to be an expert to have a positive impact on someone’s lifestyle choices – many of us in our day to day work have the opportunity to talk with people about health behaviours and how they impact on health and wellbeing.  Come along and join us in learning about the foundations of health behaviour change, the latest training opportunities, and explore how health behaviour change conversations might work in your role or organisation.

Please see poster for further information and booking details.  Please send completed booking forms to  We expect this event to be popular so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Health and wellbeing development day 12.09.19_web

Booking Form

Health & Wellbeing Development Days November 2018

The Health development days were held over 2 days on the 21st and 22nd of November.

Day 1  “Supporting People to Live Better and More Active Lives” event had over  70 attendees at the Inveraray Inn. This event was open to different organisations including third sector, NHS and council employees and public. Please see the report and presentations below. 

The day 2 event on 22nd was a development day for the Health and Well Being Network Coordinators and the Health Improvement Team we also had visitors from NHS Grampian at our event. Again please see the report from the event below,

Health and Wellbeing Development day 1, 21st November, report

Health and Wellbeing  Development day 2 report 22nd November 2018

Programme 21st Nov

LOHO Self Management A Partnership Approach

SM Input Presentation, alliance

SM Input Presentation, alliance

strategic approach to sefl management MC

Public Health Priorities SC

Link Working in Primary Care

GP services are changing in Scotland and over the next few years people accessing appointments at their local surgery will have the opportunity to see a wide range of other healthcare professionals in addition to GPs and nurses. These staff include physiotherapists, mental health workers, pharmacists and advanced nurse specialist for specific disease management and treatment.

One of these new roles is a Link Worker. This is someone who is responsible for helping people with health problems access support within their community. Health is affected by a wide range of circumstances that doctors and nurses don’t have a remedy for, examples of these are debt, relationship breakdown and loneliness. However, there are often sources of support for these problems in our local community. The link worker’s role is to match people up with the right support and they do this by meeting with people over a number of appointments in order to fully understand their situation.

We have been interested in link working over the past few years in Argyll and Bute and have done some work to see how it might work in our dispersed communities. A report on this work is available here Report: Connections for Well Being

We have also developed these case studies to give people a better idea of what link working might look like in practice

We have also developed these case studies to give people a better idea of what link working might look like in practice

Red SP case study


Toolkit to help prevent health problems

The Health Improvement Team is pleased to launch a new toolkit that has been designed to help teams and staff who work one to one with people to promote health and wellbeing. The Prevention Toolkit explains what it means to work in a preventative way and gives practical steps that can be followed. Prevention is very important as 40% of all public sector spending is wasted on solving preventable problems. The Health Improvement Team can run workshops on the Prevention Toolkit; for more information or to arrange a date email

Prevention Toolkit May 2018 (final)