Sarah’s role at the Scottish Government is all about joining the dots on co-production policy and practice. This means supporting people to understand what co-production is, what it looks like in practice, building their capacity, confidence and, ultimately, how she supports policy making to create the conditions for co-production to thrive in Scotland.
Sarah also brings the voice and perspective of the third sector and NHS to her role, particularly when co-designing and co-delivering services with people and communities. She has previously worked within the NHS, Scottish Government and third sector, leading on national health improvement and support programmes, implementing national strategies and contributing to effective action in policy and decision making.
More recently, she has led programmes in the third sector to explore strategic investment, capacity and contribution of the third sector to delivering and evaluating community-led approaches that build social capital, manage demand on statutory services and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.
Things have now come full circle and Sarah is now seconded from the third sector (SCVO), working across NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Scottish Government to optimise the links with health and social care integration and wider transformational change within policy making respectively.