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Lived experience central to shaping the Core20Plus Connectors programme

The Core20Plus Connectors programme has recently passed an important milestone, with the selection of the first 11 areas to receive funding and progress their local initiatives. We share the rapid process to design and launch the programme, with the vital contribution of people with lived experience of health inequalities and those who have been in similar ‘connector’ type roles. 

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It's okay to not be okay

James Jackson, our EDI and Wellbeing Programme Manager, shares his lived experience of dealing with mental health and mental illness. He discusses his coping mechanisms and insights into how role modelling can help create a ‘safe space’ to talk openly about mental health.


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On World Cancer Day how can we ‘Close the Care Gap’?

A diagnosis of cancer is devastating and can affect our personal, social and working lives along with all those who are close to us.  We need to ensure that people with a cancer diagnosis have access to high-quality health and cancer services, no matter where they are born, grow, age, work or live. 

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Reflections on SCW's support for cultural diversity

Jade Smith, Programme Manager in our Strategy and Transformation team, explores her Asian Indian heritage and how the SCW Black and Minority Ethnic staff network helps to support her work and career. She shares insights as to how the strengths of members from diverse backgrounds contribute to supporting the customers that we work with.

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Our role in vaccinating the nation: Why a focus on wellbeing and a hedgehog can help shape the future

My 6-year-old son recently asked me 'What do you most enjoy about work?', which I thought was quite an insightful question to ask. My answer was, 'I really enjoy being a part of something that helps keep people healthy'.  Clearly, this didn't inspire him to ask any further questions as he went on to tell me about his favourite Christmas present (a lockable money tin)! It did, however, inspire me to reflect on our journey over the last 12 months and what the future holds for the Immunisation Management Service.

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Why Fika? - Thought-provoking conversations with game-changing leaders

Using the 'Fika' concept, our podcast series seeks to engage with people carrying out interesting and innovative work within the health and care ecosystem, through a relaxed informal chat. This week John O'Connell is joined by NHS England Head of Data, Laura Bellingham.

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UK Disability History Month 2021: A time for building understanding

Thank you. As we approach the end of the UK Disability History Month (18 November – 18 December 2021), Kate Toomey, Chair SCW Disability Network, thanks the networks’ members for their powerful contributions in celebration of this milestone.


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How does the IIUT support our Health Visiting colleagues?

Our Improving Immunisations Uptake Team has developed a 'Top tips for Health Visitors' guide to encourage open conversations with families about immunisations, including those families who may have concerns. 

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Why am I getting vaccinated?

Our Director of Quality and System Performance and registered nurse, Liam Williams, shares his thoughts on getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the personal and community benefits.