The 2016 Scottish Charity Awards | Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and GPs at the Deep End


We are reshaping how GP practices respond to distress and health issues in very socio-economically deprived areas. At the heart of this is the role of Community Links Practitioners. They are an integral part of the GP practice team and offer an unconditional, person-centred, pragmatic, problem-solving approach to connect people with resources in their community that can help them. They are also helping the whole GP practice to better understand the bigger picture of why their patients become sick, and to find new ways of responding.

"Poverty damages health. The people who live in Scotland’s poorest areas face tremendous barriers when it comes to improving their health and quality of life. As well as financial poverty, poor housing, lack of opportunities, and other barriers, the obstacles that prevent GP practices and local community organisations from working together prevent people from readily accessing support. The National Links Worker programme is a unique partnership between GPs and the third sector. We are demonstrating how the future NHS can unleash the power of the third sector so that personal wellbeing is at the very heart of medical care."

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