Putting You First

Putting You First was a five year programme. It was about changing how health and social care could be provided in Dumfries and Galloway.

Putting You First Logo Putting You First (PYF) was an innovative partnership between the NHS, Council, Third and Independent sector and representatives of Scottish Government.

The PYF programme aimed to test and develop models of care and new ways of working that could provide health and care services as close to people's own homes as appropriate and ensure that high quality services would continue to be delivered to older people across the region in the future.

It was not only about sustaining services.  It was about putting people and communities at the heart of health and social care. So future services could be:

  • Designed around the person
  • Delivered as close as home as appropriate
  • Safe, high quality, reliable and effective
  • Developed closely with our communities
  • Delivered in partnership
  • Make the most of our staff skills and expertise.
  • Develop and maintain those skills

PYF followed a 'tests of change' approach, evaluated the overall impact of the Programme and monitored what worked on delivering benefits and what did not.

Tests of change ran alongside mainstream services to enable robust evaluation to help identify the level of impact to be determined before advising on any potential roll out, scale-up or embedding within mainstream services across the region.

In 2014 implementing PYF approaches began to focus more on the delivery in localities.  The Workstreams were merged into the current themes:

  • Developing Communities
  • Optimising Technology
  • Integrated Ways of Working
  • Preventative and Anticipated Approaches

In 2015, the final three months of the five year programme, each of the tests of change underwent audit scrutiny and test of change evaluation. These reports and more on the progress of each test of change are available on the Putting You First website.

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Putting You First

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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

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