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. 

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Booking Form

Living Well Strategy – join the consultation

The Public Health Department is excited to share with you the new Living Well Strategy. This strategy has been a long time coming – we’ve spent six months consulting, engaging, and developing the document, with the help of people all around Argyll & Bute.

This strategy is a key part of Public Health’s work. It lays out our ambitions and aims for an Argyll & Bute where people who have long-term conditions or who are at risk of health problems are supported and encouraged to manage their health. This is not about reducing or changing the services we already provide – instead, the strategy is meant to highlight the ways in which people can support themselves between accessing those services. The Living Well Strategy is built around supporting community networks and services, and highlighting to staff and volunteers the best ways to help people to manage their health.

Now it’s time for you to have your say. We encourage you to read the attached documents – the shorter is a summary, meant to be read easily, while the longer document contains more information about what our strategy is and how we got here. When you’ve read them, you can let us know what you think by filling out the survey here.

This survey will be open until June 7th, after which we will finalise the strategic documents and add an implementation plan to describe how we will achieve our aims.

Living Well Strategy – Summary

Living Well Strategy v1

Help us to improve wellbeing in Argyll & Bute – help us to make this strategy the best it can be. Thank you.

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


Have your say in community spending……..

Have your say in community spending……..

Oban, Lorn and the Inner isles Health and Wellbeing Network is inviting local community groups to get involved in a project that could benefit them by £2,000.

The network has already given out  £17,000 of NHS  funding through its usual grant programme this year.  Now a pilot project is to be set up that will allow communities to vote for the projects that they would like to receive funding.

Chair of the network, Eleanor Mackinnon, said: “This is about exploring how we can involve communities better – letting them make the final decision about where funding goes within their local community.

Although we can only fund a few projects, we want to create a fun atmosphere on the day.  Rather than groups competing with each other, it’s an opportunity for them to get together and share the hard work that they’re doing and make links with other groups who are working in the health and wellbeing field”.

The community vote day will be held in Oban on 4th February and any eligible projects that aren’t successful in public vote will automatically be taken forward  to first round of funds in the Spring. Subject to the network receiving continued funding.

Although projects will have to meet the aims of the Health and wellbeing Fund, which has a particular focus  this year on increasing physical activity, and enrich the lives of people with long term health conditions  we are very aware of all the great ideas out there that have not yet come forward through the normal route of application.   This is an ideal opportunity to access funds to bring your idea to fruition.

To find out more visit our network page or email