Date lodged: 8 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential of peer-to-peer support to improve care for young people with (a) inflammatory bowel disease and (b) other long-term conditions.
Answered by: Shona Robison 2 March 2017
The need for more access to support, including peer support, is one of the key themes of the “Gaun Yersel” Self Management strategy. The strategy was written by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) for the Scottish Government from the perspective of people with lived experience of long term conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease.
Through the Scottish Government funded Self Management Fund (which is administered by the ALLIANCE), 24 projects with peer support elements were funded a total of £1.7million during 2013 to 2015. The Scottish Government has committed £2million annually for the three year phase of the Fund (to run from April 2016 - March 2019) and to date £2million has been allocated to projects with peer support elements, of this £613,818 is dedicated to projects that involve young people and peer support.