User and Carer Involvement (UCI)

Up to the Job?

Scottish Association for Mental Health publish a report which finds Work Capacity Assessment test for Employment and Support Allowance is not working for people with mental health problems. Read the report


Parent support and advocacy

Interesting article from Enquirewhich mentions the SIAA. ‘Partnership between parents, schools and education authorities works best when all parties involved are able to say what they think at meetings, feel confident that they understand what is being discussed and are included in decisions. Regardless of how well these partnerships are working, there are times when parents and young people may feel unable to put their views across or feel that the school or education authority is not taking account of their views.’ Read more.

Inclusion Scotland event

Inclusion Scotland will be facilitating a seminar on‘Welfare Reform’ and promoting their ‘Human Rights Toolkit’. Free and expenses may be paid. Dumfries, 16 February. Contact

Alzheimer Scotland Newsletter


Depression in Sport

Cricket star Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff talks to sporting professionals about the serious effects of depression. Watch the BBC1 programme on BBC Iplayer.


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Brain function declines from 45

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No Place Like Home

A conference to be held in Dunfermline on 7th March, booking details on the flyer. The event is for managers /planners/senior practitioners from health, social care and housing, the third and independent sectors engaged in Reshaping Care for Older People.