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Coronavirus Caring for People Helpline Service

A dedicated helpline has been set up for people across Argyll and Bute who may need help during the coronavirus outbreak. The Caring for People helpline brings together partner agencies and covers a wide range of issues including help for those who are experiencing difficulties accessing food or prescriptions, business advice including access to grants and anyone who has financial or personal concerns.

The contact number 01546 605 524 is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. An answer machine service will be available to leave a message out-with office hours and at weekends. A member of staff will get in touch during office hours. We want to do our best to get help where it is most needed. If you have other options, please leave this line open for vulnerable people who may not be able to help themselves. Thank you.

As part of the partnership approach within Argyll and Bute, local teams will help coordinate the response to requests made through the Coronavirus Caring for People helpline.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Public Health team is working with Argyll and Bute HSCP and Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Development Team to provide support for communities around coronavirus efforts.  Please see the Updates for Communities webpage for more information and for any further COVID-19 community support updates:

Coronavirus – updates for Communities on Covid-19

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The HSCP Public Health team have compiled a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for adult health and social care services. The JSNA takes a systematic approach and includes consideration of the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. It aims to identify health and social care needs of the population of Argyll and Bute. The JSNA will be used to inform the HSCP strategic commissioning plan and a copy of the plan can be found here :- Argyll and Bute HSCP JSNA – adults 2019

Health and Wellbeing Network Review

The Health and Wellbeing Networks (HWNs) review was undertaken as part of the ongoing review of engagement structures in Argyll and Bute. This paper summarises the current status of the HWNs, the public understanding of the HWNs, the advantages and limitations of this model and the Recommendations for the way forward.

The review included: two surveys, of HWN members and Senior Managers; semi-structured interviews with HWN coordinators; and a joint consultation day with HWN coordinators and the Health Improvement team.

The Summary report can be found here :- HWN Review Summary Report February 2020

Coaching Network development day – 17th February 2020

Our Living Well strategy launched last year and a key outcome is ensuring our staff are able and motivated to support the people that they see to live well.

Coaching networks play an important role in this by supporting staff to develop the skills they need to help self management, health behaviour change and deliver person-centred care. If you work in health, social care or the 3rd sector, we are looking for your input on how best to develop a coaching network for Argyll and Bute.

Come along to our Coaching Network development day in Inveraray on 17th February to help shape an Argyll and Bute coaching network. You can register for this event here:

For more information about the event please contact Jenny Dryden, Health Improvement Team, on or 01546 790 043.

Coaching development day

Review of the Partnership Approach to Health and Wellbeing in Argyll and Bute

The Community Plan sets out how partners in Argyll and Bute can come together to improve our local communities. There is a health and wellbeing outcome in this plan which states:

Outcome 5 – enable people to lead active, healthier and more independent lives

More information on Argyll and Bute’s Community Plan can be found here –

During 2019 a comprehensive review took place into the existing approaches used and how these could be improved. This review included:

This activity has culminated in the following new plan for Outcome 5:

1. Branding and promotion of Argyll and Bute’s natural assets (in order to increase physical activity levels).
2. Valuing the environment and the benefits of the environment to people living in Argyll and Bute (in order to link to the CPP agenda to address climate change).
3. Promote the self-management of long term health conditions

For more information contact:

Alison McGrory

Health Improvement Principal, Argyll & Bute HSCP



Have you done your ABI training?

Many of us enjoy alcohol at times of celebration and when spending time with family and friends. In moderation this is not a problem, however alcohol consumption in the UK has increased significantly over the last two decades, as have related deaths and disease. Women’s alcohol use has increased and people are presenting with alcohol problems at a much younger age.

In January 2016 the UK Chief Medical Officers released new guidance on alcohol consumption for both men and women. The guidelines for both men and women state:

  • You are safest not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week, to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level
  • If you do drink as much as 14 units over week, it is best to spread this evenly over 3 days or more.
  • If you have one or two heavy drinking sessions a week, you increase your risks of death from long term illnesses and from accidents and injuries.
  • The risk of developing a range of illnesses (including, for example, cancers of the mouth, throat and breast) increases with any amount you drink on a regular basis.
  • If you wish to cut down the amount you’re drinking, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.

The Scottish Government has introduced a number of initiatives in recent years to support a change in behaviour around drinking alcohol in Scotland. These include the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing, changes to Licensing Policy and roll out of the Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI) programme. Many staff within the Health and Social Care Partnership and our partners throughout Argyll & Bute have already started to deliver ABIs, however more work needs to be done in order to help reduce the impact alcohol is having on our population.

Alcohol Brief Interventions are a simple way of supporting people who are currently drinking a bit more than is healthy to reduce their alcohol intake. National guidance on ABIs can be found here:

Each ABI takes about 5-10 minutes and can be carried out by any trained member of staff. The training is easy and can be completed online. You can get free ABI online training via: Argyll and Bute Alcohol & Drug Partnership has also introduced a simple, interactive method to record and report delivery through the use of scratch cards.

Please contact the Alcohol & Drug Partnership Support Team for information on how to access this training, or for scratch cards and other resources: ADP Support Team on 01546 604948 or email us at

You may also find that taking part in health behaviour change training can help you deliver Alcohol Brief Interventions. Information on the health behaviour change training provided by the Public Health team can be found here:


Health Behaviour Change

Recently, the Public Health team hosted a Health & Wellbeing Development Day on ‘Supporting people to improve their health through health behaviour change’.  On the day, 63 members of staff and volunteers attended from various organisations including Argyll and Bute HSCP and the third sector.

The aim of the day was to discuss: what is health behaviour change, what influences our health, why health behaviour change is so difficult, and some of the tools and techniques that can help make it easier to support people to make changes. Health Psychologists and NHS Education for Scotland introduced Behaviour Change Techniques and the MAP of behaviour change approach and training. Discussion groups introduced attendees to the various programmes and initiatives already running in Argyll & Bute including smoking cessation support, Alcohol Brief Interventions, weight management and physical activity.

Read our evaluation report to find out more about the day: Health Behaviour change event evaluation 12 Sept 19.

View the presentations from the day:

Welcome and introduction – Alison McGrory, Acting Associate Director Public Health (Argyll & Bute HSCP): 1. Opening presentation

An introduction to health behaviour change: first steps for us all? – Wendy Maltinsky, Chartered Health Psychologist/Lecturer/Diabetes Research Fellow (University of Stirling/University of the Highlands & Islands) & Jenny Dryden, Health Improvement Senior (Argyll and Bute HSCP): 2. An introduction to health behaviour change

Supporting behaviour change – what works? Effective conversations and MAP – Heather Connolly, Chartered Health Psychologist /Principal Educator for Health Improvement (NHS Education for Scotland): 3. MAP NHS Highland Sep194. Closing presentation

Supporting health behaviour change in Argyll & Bute: what next? – Jenny Dryden, Health Improvement Senior (Argyll & Bute HSCP): 4. Closing presentation

The Public Health team are also faciliating MAP of behaviour change skills workshops on the following dates.  Click on the relevant link to book your place.

30/01/20 Campbeltown Hospital Argyll & Bute Public Health
05/03/20 Cowal Hospital Argyll & Bute Public Health

For further information about the contents of this report, or about health behaviour change, please contact Jenny Dryden, Health Improvement Senior on or 01546790043.