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Reading and Watching

Here you will find some materials we have found interesting, inspiring and have supported us to take action, you might like them too...



Ted Talk - Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe

Ted Talk - Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Conversation - Simon Sinek - Milennials

 Roselinde Torres on What it takes to be a great leader

David Marquet - "What is Leadership?"

Stanley McChrystal - Listen, learn .... then lead

You can find a range of TED Talks on numerous subjects Here


IRISS - What does good leadership look like?

 Leadership and Management for the Public Sector


Service Design


Christian Bason (a former public servant) talking about ‘Co creating a better society’

Co Brown – Design Thinking – Maximizing your students’ creative talent

Tim Brown – Designer – Co Founder of IDEO Talking about design thinking

Tim Brown urged designers to think big

Giovanni Corazza’s TEDx Talk on Creative Thinking – how to get out of the box and generate ideas.

Birgit Mager, What is Service Design? (Köln International School of Design)

Tina Seelig - A crash course in creativity

The Story of Codesign by Think Public

 Tom Wujec on Problem Solving 




John Seddon:




Author Roman Krznaric - The Power of Outrospection

Roman Krznaric – Talking about Outrospection/Empathy




 Chimamanda Adiche – The Danger of a Single Story 

Cormac Russell on the value of stories and his technique to tell them


 Personalities and Behaviours


Brene Brown - The power of vulnerability

Susan Cain’s TED Talk on The Power of Introverts



Improvement and Innovation


Ted Talk - Jos de Blok: Healthcare, humanity above bureaucracy 

Harvard Business School. Inquiry and Innovation

 D Reilly, Healing in the age of science



Paul Bate, Glenn Robert: Bringing user experience to healthcare improvement

 Hamilton, David (2016) Using Science to Inspire

Lucas (2015) Getting The Improvement Habit

Syed, M (2015) Viewpoint: How creativity is helped by failure. BBC.

Henley, P (2015) Would citizens’ assemblies work? BBC.

  Long term Condition Alliance Scotland. (2008). Guan Yersel: The self management strategy for Long Term Conditions in Scotland.

NESTA DIY Toolkit:

Speaking up/Public speaking

Julien Treasure - How to speak so that people listen

  Ted Talk - Adam Galinsky: How to Speak Up for Yourself


 Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS)

SSKS is a website and digital library dedicated to the social services sector.

CLICK HERE to find high-quality materials like e-books and e-journals to help inform your research and practice




 Reflection and single and double loop learning




Iriss is a charitable company that promotes positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland's social services, by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce, to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement.

Iriss uses three approaches in the work that they do:

  • We inform - create conditions for effective information sharing
  • We translate and facilitate - support individuals and groups to make use of evidence
  • We co-create - work with communities to test out ideas and create conditions for embedding change

CLICK HERE to be taken to the Iriss website or have a look below for some specific reading/watching material you might find interesting and inspiring!


Iriss Insights are a wide variety of topics discussed in these evidence summaries including Achieving effective supervision, Prison leavers and homelessness,  Peer support roles in mental health services and Extending the housing options for older people. 

They outline the evidence and discuss the potential implications for the social services.

Why not check them out!


 Personalisation and Self Directed Support

Personalisation and Self Directed Support is about working with individuals to develop a personalised support plan for the future.  This approach will give individuals more choice, flexibility and control over how their support is provided, and allow  them to live an independent and fulfilling life in their local communities.

For more information about Personalisation and Self Directed Support, click on the following information below:

 Pilotlight co-designed seven pathways to self-directed support focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment, young people in transition, older people in transition, people with younger onset dementia and people in recovery from substance misuse. 

You can also access resources to enable insight and consider and how you use Self Directed support to influence how you live, care or work:

SDS Scotland

SDS Scotland - Values and Principles

My Support, My Choice: User experiences of Self Directed Support in Scotland

My Support, My Choice: User experience of Self Directed Support in Scotland, Easy Read

A guide to the SDS (Scotland) Act 2013

Self Directed Support (Scotland) - Practitioners Guidance

Self Directed Support - A guide for Carers

IRISS has shared some Insights about Self Directed Support: Ten Years on


Health Related Information


Chronic or persistent pain is commonly defined as any pain which lasts more than 12 weeks whereas acute pain is the normal sensation which alerts us to an injury or illness. Chronic pain affects 1 in 5 people in Scotland and can affect all ages and all parts of the body.

When a person is suffering with chronic pain, it can affect every aspect of their life.  It is important that we understand chronic pain and how it affects people. The following short educational resources are very useful

 Understanding pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it!   This is particularly useful for Practitioners as it explains about pain and provides background information and practical steps to manage chronic pain.

 Chronic Pain Toolkit – This provides 12 handy tips and tools to support practitioners and individuals to manage persistent pain.

 12 tips to understand self pain management

  1. Acceptance
  2. Building a support team
  3. Pacing
  4. Prioritising
  5. Setting Goals
  6. Be Patient
  7. Relaxation
  8. Exercising
  9. Track Progress
  10. Setback Plans
  11. Team Work
  12. Daily Practice

 Locally we are creating chronic pain management pathways and signposting individuals to services which can support the management of  their pain.  The services below can help with this:


Live Active Leisure

   Active Communities, Wellbeing   Coordinator

    Active Communities, Wellbeing Coordinator

   Ian Hutton

  01738 454629

  Marcin Luszcz

 01738 454650


Social Prescriber/Healthy Communities

South Locality

   Strathearn and Strathallan

  Kinross-shire, Bridge of Earn, Abernethy

  Marisa Carradice

  01764 657823

  Shona Fowler

  07896 280843

North Locality

                       Strathmore to Balbeggie

            Strathtay, Highland from Luncarty 

    Kim MacBain

    01250 871934

    Audra Webster



   Erin Martin

   01738 475708

   Ashleigh Henderson

   07980 951728




Pressure ulcers are an unwanted complication of illness, severe physical disability or increasing frailty. ... Approximately 412,000 people are likely to develop a new pressure ulcer annually in the UK and this presents a significant burden on the provision of healthcare within the NHS.  Pressure ulcers can happen to anyone at any age. The following link provides information on the prevention of pressure ulcers. It is useful for practitioners and also for the public.

 5 Key Messages to prevent Pressure ulcers



Keep Moving


Nutrition and Hydration

 A pressure ulcer website for care homes has been developed through the NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland iHub, Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership have contributed towards this website. On this website there is a lot of really useful educational material on pressure ulcers, their prevention and treatment.