From Third Force News, 20 September 2012.
THE Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland has changed its name to Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.
The body, which was set up six years ago to promote a change in the way people with long-term illnesses receive health and care services, will remain as a membership body for third sector health bodies and individuals.
Having built up 250 members, the organisation has become a strong lobbying force for the voluntary health sector.
Its board, which is also involved in ongoing discussions with Voluntary Health Scotland over a possible merger, believes the new name will help to strengthen the voice of people who use health and social care support in Scotland.
“This is undoubtedly a significant time for people who use health and social care services in Scotland, the vast majority of whom live with long term conditions,” said Ian Welsh, chief executive, in a letter to members.
“As the Alliance, we will be bring the voice of our members, and those you represent, to bear on the major challenges we face as a nation.
“Challenges of how to support our growing population of older people not just to remain at home but to enjoy high-quality, active, independent lives; how to support people with complex needs, ensuring their position in society does not take a step back as funding cuts bite; and how to drive lasting, sustainable transformation in the design and delivery of our support and service landscape.
“All this in the context of welfare reform, which we know many fear will undermine self management and independent living.
“The role of our sector has never been more important in the context of health and social care in Scotland.”
Welsh also said that the organisation would continue to work with key players in the third sector, such as the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.