Welfare Reform, Health and Employability Forum
- To strengthen the links between the NHS, employability and
welfare reform and support organisations, including financial
inclusion services to tackle health inequalities.
- Increase understanding of the role and actions within the NHS
to promote employability, mitigate the impact of welfare reform and
promote financial inclusion (including advocacy for inclusion of
these actions as an integral aspect of the Health Promoting Health
Service of the future).
- Support Health and Social Care Partnerships to engage with and
influence the employability, welfare and financial inclusion agenda
nationally, and within Community Planning Partnerships locally to
reduce Health Inequalities.
As such the Forum is designed to:
- Encourage the leads to learn from each other, formally and
informally, and from other areas. This includes exchanging
information, good practice and ideas to shape practice.
- Identify enablers, barriers and constraints for local
partnerships (eg. local/national policy context, resourcing) and
agree potential solutions and report back where none exist.
- Focus on agreed core issues and challenges relating to this
Encourage joint implementation/cross area collaboration where
Wherever possible develop core solutions or tools for local
implementation (eg. e-learning modules).
- Link with other related UK & Scottish strategies, such as
- Feed in relevant information to national groups eg. National
Delivery Group, Fuel Poverty Forum, Money Advice Outcomes Board and
Scottish Government Welfare Reform Strategic Group.
- Promote and oversee national events which help to disseminate
information, learning and good practice across areas.
- Provide opportunities for discussion and debate about national
developments, strategy and activities including the outcome focused
The forum is a partnership of NHS representatives from across
Scotland who lead policy and strategic development programs on
welfare reform, employability and financial inclusion
Ideally every NHS board should be linked to the Forum and
- Have a commitment to promote the contribution that the NHS
makes to employability, welfare and financial inclusion, locally
- Feed in relevant information to local groups, eg. Community
Planning Partnership and Health and Social Care Partnership.
- Represent their NHS Board and facilitate a two way network
of communication between their Board and the Forum;
- Have some decision making powers on behalf of their NHS Board
in relation to employability, welfare and/or financial
Update on role of national bodies on Forum
The role of DWP will include:
- Maintaining effective communication links with the Forum to
keep them informed on DWP health, welfare reform and employability
- Provide a conduit for members to raise any Scottish wide
concerns on DWP policies:
- Support members to further develop links into DWP employability
The role of the Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland
and Scottish Public Health Network representatives will
- Sharing information on policy, strategy and legislation, as
relevant to health, employability, welfare reform and financial
- Engage in discussion and comment on new or emerging
policy/strategy and their impact on health:
- Facilitate engagement on health, welfare reform,
financial inclusion and employability both locally and
- NHS Health Scotland will provide secretariat for the
Forum. This will include arranging at least 4 half day
meetings per year which will include input from a key presenter to
promote learning in addition to the standard business of the
A definition of employability:
The definition adopted by the Scottish Government and the
Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives is "The combination of
factors and processes which enable people to progress towards or
get into employment, to stay in employment and to move on in the
A definition of financial inclusion:
Access for individuals to appropriate financial products and
services. This includes people having the skills, knowledge
and understanding to make best use of those products and
services. Financial exclusion is often a symptom of poverty
as well as a cause.