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HIV Scotland's Involving People in Services: A Practical Guide to Why and How

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Rik Hodgson
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HIV Scotland's Involving People in Services: A Practical Guide to Why and How
Posted on: March 25 2015, 04:00 pm

HIV Scotland are delighted to announce the launch of their new guide, ‘Involving People in Services: A Practical Guide to Why and How’ (http://goo.gl/BovtRS).  Included in the guide are some case studies and quotes, and we’d like to say a big and sincere thank you to those of you who contributed. You know who you are.

This report is a result of discussions that took place at the Positive Persons’ Forum in 2014 and in 2015 at which people living with HIV said clearly that they want to be involved not only in discussions and decisions with healthcare and support workers, but that they also want to be involved in the design and delivery of services and policymaking.  This guide takes a straightforward look at exactly why it is so important to involve people in issues that affect them, and offers some tips, advice and suggestions on how to make it happen.

We’re honoured to have Richard Berkowitz as one of the authors of the foreword for this guide. Many of you will recognise him as an early HIV activist and last-surviving author of the Denver Principles. He reflects on his work in America and reminds us that people living with or at risk of HIV revolutionised how community engage in social care and health: they have been coming together to push for meaningful change since the 1980s.

There is, however, still a great deal of work to be done in Scotland to ensure people are meaningfully, consistently and appropriately involved in decisions across services of all kinds, whether provided by the NHS, local authorities or charities.
We hope this guide will help clarify why it is so critically important to involve people fully. It explores the benefits involvement can give for services, individuals and communities. It also gives simple and straightforward guidance on involving people, with case studies, step-by-step advice, and practical suggestions on how to begin or expand on the way your organisation involves people living with or at risk of HIV.

You can read the guide online: http://goo.gl/BovtRS or download a copy from the HIV Scotland website: http://goo.gl/Y5igaC and if you’d like to discuss with a member of our team, please contact us at info@hivscotland.com

Thanks

Rik
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