CHAIN Contact Help And Advice Information Network
These are online networks for people working in health and social care. They are based around specific areas of interest, and give people a simple and informal way of contacting each other to exchange ideas and share knowledge. CHAINs are multi-professional and cross organisational, and cover research and evidence-based practice; widening participation in learning and innovation and improvement.
Early Years Network / Maternal and Early Years Website
The Early Years Network was established by NHS Health Scotland to support the early years workforce in the implementation of the early years framework and other key early years policies. Recognising the importance of working across sectors to improve outcomes in the early years, the network provides practitioners with a vehicle for sharing knowledge and learning and disseminating evidence, policy and practice. To join the Early Years Network visit the Maternal and Early Years website (see link above)
Healthy Environment Network
The Healthy Environment Network is a network of professions and organisations who have the ability to influence the environment to improve health. It’s aims are to:
- provide a forum for a largely informal interface between organisations and professions whose activities have the capacity to change and preserve the environment in the interests of human health
- encourage multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working to address issues around the environment and health
- demonstrate the value of this approach by supporting demonstration projects or conducting or commissioning analyses of problem issues which require collaboration between different agencies.
Wellbeing in Sexual Health Network
WISH is a network for professionals in Scotland who have a sexual health remit or an interest in sexual health. It is hosted by NHS Health Scotland and is free to join. WISH was established as part of the National Sexual Health Strategy to support professionals and enhance networking in Scotland.
North of Scotland Cancer Network (NOSCAN)
The North of Scotland Cancer Network is the regional network that aims to improve cancer care for people living in the north of Scotland. It incorporates NHS Tayside, NHS Grampian, NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland.
Garioch Family Support Group
For individuals/ families facing problems of a relative’s drug or alcohol dependence, there is the ‘Garioch Famly Support Group’. This small, friendly group provides confidential support for family members so that they feel more confident in dealing with situations. It gives families an opportunity to talk through problems, learn more about substances and their effects and explore different ways of coping. The group meets fortnightly on Wednesday evenings and is open to anyone living in Aberdeenshire. To find out more please visit the Aberdeenshire ADP Family Support Groups Website (see link above).