A key feature of ‘Support from the Start’ – East Lothian’s Equally Well test site are Service Champions.
A service champion is an individual who has been identified as someone who can lead on the learning needed to address health inequalities within their service area. This doesn’t mean that they are the only person within that service who carries the responsibility for health inequality – tackling health inequality is all of our responsibility. The role of the service champion is to bring the experience and knowledge of their service area to the work of Support from the Start, and to bring what they learn from Support from the Start to their service areas.
Service Champions will have a key role in linking across service boundaries and in making sure that health inequality is high on the agenda for services within East Lothian.
The expectations of a Service champion are :-
- Communicating the vision and values of ‘Support from the Start’ within their service area
- Bringing the experience and knowledge of their service area to a multi agency ‘action learning set’.
- Supporting services to identify training & information needs related to ‘Support from the Start’
- Contributing as appropriate to this online learning log.
- Be willing to participate, as appropriate, in the dissemination of the East Lothian Test Site experience to other authorities and agencies within Scotland.
Service Champions will be drawn from a range of services from both the statutory and voluntary sector. Senior managers have been asked to identify the right people for this role, and this process is currently underway . The names and contact details of Service Champions will be posted shortly.