Health and Social Care

People Connect

August 27, 2015 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

As we move towards the integration of health and social care, how we communicate across sectors is vitally important. Connecting, sharing best practice, and learning from each other’s experiences will help us to understand the needs of those who use health and social care services.

People Connect, an online social directory is now available to help staff working in health and social care to connect with each other. With over 1000 people already signed-up, this social directory, similar to “LinkedIn”, supports person to person knowledge sharing and lets you connect with colleagues in other health and social care organisations who are working to achieve the same outcomes. You can also work together to address common issues by setting up a community of practice and share your achievements, stories and resources.

“I use People Connect to connect with staff from different sectors across Scotland. People Connect has enable me to host some great conversations, share best practice and support innovation. The connections I have made on People Connect have been key to bringing about service improvements and enhanced working relationships.”

Carol from Knowledge Services

It takes less than 10 minutes to set up your profile so follow the steps below to get connected.

Getting Started

    1. Visit
    2. Enter your NHS Scotland Athens username, all staff in health and social services are eligible to apply for a free username (to request one please visit the knowledge network).
    3. Develop your profile – bearing in mind that the more information you enter the better the connections you will make.
    4. Add links to Twitter or LinkedIn if you have a profile.
    5. Go to Connect to search for people using a topic or name OR browse the tags.
    6. Use the filters on left to narrow your results.
    7. Email one or more individuals with your question or discussion topic, alternatively join a relevant community of practice.
    8. Tweet about People Connect using #pplconnect.

NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and NHSScotland’s Quality Improvement Hub have developed this innovative platform to make it easier for you so join and connect with your colleagues.

For more information contact:

Joanna Hansen


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