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

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)


week beginning the 28th of May 2018 will see the launch of the Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund.

For 2018-19 we have £100,000 to support small scale health improvement and preventative projects. This year applications are invited to meet the theme– Physical Activity and/or Supporting Self Management of Long Term Health Conditions.

The guidance pack and application form can be accessed here :-HWF Application Guidance Pack 2018-19  HWF Application Form 2018-19 (2)

Details of how to apply are included in the guidance pack.

Local networks will set their own closing dates that will be notified in due course.

Please contact your co-ordinator for more information or click on the attachments to your right.

Please ensure that your application form is completed on Microsoft word and emailed to relevant coordinator.

S3 Health Drama Pilot Project 2017

As part of smoking prevention and health improvement for young people a multi disciplinary steering group was established to raise the profile of services and awareness of some of the most pressing health concerns facing young people in Argyll and Bute.

This important contribution to the health and wellbeing curriculum was successful for engaging young people and raising awareness of services and health issues. The project included:

  • commissioning a bespoke 60 minute drama to address issues affecting A&B young people
  • delivery of the drama to secondary schools, reaching all S3 pupils
  • production of a booklet for each pupil with exercises around support and resilience
  • delivery of Q&A session with service providers
  • production of 3 lesson plans to be delivered in schools

The full report can be found here:  S3 Health Drama Pilot Project 2017 Report

For further information please contact:

Creative Resilience … Creative Change. Booking now open

Oban Lorn & the Inner Isles Health & Wellbeing Network
Invite you to a one day seminar for leaders, senior managers and practitioners
Creative resilience …… Creative change
Thursday March 1st  9.30 am – 3.30pm in Kilmore & Oban Church Centre, Oban

Full detail below – booking essential    Eventbrite 


SEMINAR 2018 (FINAL)Workshops Detail 2018

Health and Wellbeing Day – November 2017

Stress Awareness and Stress Management workshop

Following a successful event in May 2017 on ACES, a Stress Awareness and Stress
Management workshop was held on the 9th November in Inveraray for all partners to attend. The workshop was well attended with 39 participants from a wide range of partners, including, HSCP, NHS, Council, TEC team, ABAT, Marie Curie, Family Mediation, Hope Kitchen, Helensburgh and Lomond Carers, Dochas Carers, LAAS, NFU, TSI, Skills Development Scotland and Hermitage Academy.

An evaluation of the day can be found here: Stress Awareness and Management Workshop 9 Nov 2017

A survey monkey was also sent out to all that  attended the day.
A brief report from the survey can be found here: Survey Monkey Results

Director of Public Health Annual Report Published

All directors of Public Health in Scotland publish an annual report. Hugo van Woerden is the Director of Public Health for NHS Highland and he launched his annual report for 2017 this week. The topic this year is Realistic Medicine. This may be a new phrase to some people and means  thinking carefully about the healthcare choices we make in terms of things like ethics, effectiveness, population demographics and finances.


Realistic Medicine has been described with the following six points:

  • Shared decision making with people receiving and delivering health and care
  • Building a personalised approach to care
  • Reducing harm and waste
  • Reducing variation in practice by staff and outcomes for people
  • Managing risk better
  • More improvement and innovation in health and care


The report can be found here and the Health Improvement Team will be out and about talking about it at meetings over the coming months. Join the debate about Realistic Medicine on our facebook page – Healthy Argyll and Bute