The ALISS team visited Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and spoke with postgraduate health visitor and district nurses about how they signpost and support their patients to find information and services which will help them to manage their long term condition better.
We spoke about the importance of enabling people by making the support and services they need easily accessible and findable online. We then explained how ALISS could help them to do just that, and asked them to contribute all the valuable (local) knowledge and resources they have in their head and put this into the ALISS engine so that others can find it!
To do this we carried out an asset mapping session. This allowed the students to visualise their local area (e.g. near their home, university, work etc.) and think about all the sources of support that could be useful to someone with a long term condition.
One of the students mentioned The Meeting Place which one of her patients had really benefited from. The Meeting Place is a café style set up which welcomes those with dementia and their carers. It provides a friendly, welcoming setting for people to stop and chat. With trained staff on hand it is also a great place to get information and meet other people who may have shared experiences.
Putting this service in the ALISS engine makes it alot more finable and allows people to find the support they need on their door step.
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