In 2015, QNIS launched the first Catalysts for Change Programme. The purpose of this programme was to provide funding to nurses in the community to lead short, innovative development projects in collaboration with other agencies, focused on addressing inequalities. Six projects were selected and funded.
The “Catalysts for Change” funding enables nurses and their partners in the community to achieve one or more of the following:
- Build relationships that enable culture change by developing a shared vision/ language.
- Enable and involve individuals, groups or communities who may be considered excluded or marginalised.
- Make a contribution to reducing inequalities in health.
Once the original six projects were completed, we filmed the participants and these videos, along with project summaries and final reports, are available here.
Catalysts for Change 2
Building on the success of Catalysts for Change, QNIS extended the project into 2016 and funded six further projects in the area of health inequalities as part of Catalysts for Change 2. Each of these projects focusses on improving the health and wellbeing of a particular marginalised group. Importantly, all the projects are about empowerment, helping people to help themselves, with a strong emphasis on integration and culture change.
This practice-based project seeks to help people who are overweight and obese, who have a new diagnosis of hypertension or impaired glucose intolerance, to live healthier lives in order to improve their wellbeing.
This project introduces group sessions for adults with learning disabilities in West Lothian. Each session will focus on a different aspect of health – from accessing GP services to sexual health and other relevant health issues. It is hoped this will provide participants a better level of knowledge about common health problems whilst increasing awareness of how to access services.
This project will develop and test the role of a Peer support worker in the delivery of community mental health services. The Peer worker will support those most excluded; people with severe and enduring mental health problems to engage in physical activity, for example by leading walks.
This project seeks to improve the participation of older people with dementia and their care givers in activities during visiting time in a community hospital setting. Meaningful participation in activity creates improved conditions where people with dementia will be able to improve their health and wellbeing.
This project seeks to develop a social prescribing service in a settled Gypsy Traveller site in Fife. Social prescribing offers a listening service that focuses on the perceived need of participants and aims to guide them to a resolution through their own efforts.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a self-management tool used to help individuals take more control over their own wellbeing. This project is designed to enable children to design a personalised WRAP looking at how to manage day to day life. 14 pupils from a school in North Ayrshire will be given the opportunity to take part in workshops.