- NHS Health Scotland - BSL Health Improvement Action Plan
- See Me - Deaf, stigma-free and thriving
- Independent BSL/English Interpreter - Communicate, Collaborate, Deliver - improving the provision of interpreting services
Lorna currently leads NHS Health Scotland’s work on addressing inequalities within NHS services. As part of this role, she oversees the NHS Scotland Improvement Plan for BSL – a plan developed with other national NHS Boards and partners, to improve service delivery and outcomes for BSL users. The actions in this improvement plan are closely aligned with the National BSL Plan. Lorna also advises and supports Scottish Government policy colleagues , leads the team who support the national Health Promoting Health Service programme – aiming to align interventions for health improvement within acute and community hospital settings, and works with partners in the NHS and Health and Social Care to identify how they can best address inequalities in health outcomes. She has an MA in Sociology and a MSc in Health Education and Health Promotion, and has worked in the sphere of health improvement and public health for over 20 years now, within the NHS, the voluntary sector and internationally. She has covered a broad range of settings and specialties, including public health research and community health needs assessment, addictions, sexual health, maternal and infant health, and screening and immunisation. Her professional interests include quality improvement, inequalities sensitive strategy and practice and improving outcomes for vulnerable groups within mainstream services.
Arma Sayed-Rafiq, Senior Health Improvement Officer, NHS and inequalities, NHS Health Scotland
Arma works as a senior health officer who currently leads on projects aiming to address inequalities within NHS services. One of these projects is to support actions in the NHS Scotland Improvement Plan for BSL – a plan developed with other national NHS Boards and partners, to improve service delivery and outcomes for BSL users. The actions in this improvement plan are closely aligned with the National BSL Plan. Arma has also led on the development of a publication, ‘Maximising the role of NHS Scotland in reducing health inequalities’, which provides practical actions to senior staff to inform policies and strategies. She has a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Health Psychology, and has worked in the mental health field for 6 years within the third sector and NHS. Over the last 8 years Arma’s projects have focused on tackling inequalities and this continues to be her strive and interests throughout her work.
Calum Irving has been the Director of See Me, Scotland’s programme to end metal health discrimination, since June 2016.
Previously he worked in communications and campaigns in a number of third sector organisations. In 2005 he was appointed the Director of Stonewall Scotland and built a programme focussed on improving the lived experience of LGBT Scots across workplaces, public services and at school.
Calum built upon his experience in influencing for change by moving to the Manchester based Our Life focussing on alcohol and diet related public health. There he played a role in building a North West wide movement for change in alcohol harm.
Immediately prior to joining See Me Calum was the first Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Scotland, the network of local third sector support organisations known as ‘TSIs’.
Toni Groundwater leads See Me’s team supporting a growing social movement of volunteers across Scotland who challenge stigma and discrimination in communities and across a variety of settings. She was previously an Outreach Development Coordinator with Venture Trust. She has a background in working with people with lots of different life experiences including those involved in criminal justice, care experienced, alcohol and drug issues, mental health problems, veterans and people experiencing poverty and housing issues. In her spare time she also volunteers for Glasgow Council on Alcohol as a counsellor once per week.
She has a passion for working with people and supporting people to reach their potential.
Outside of work she enjoys mountain biking, running, cycling, hill walking, camping and walking her border terrier Holly J.
Linda is a registered Sign Language Interpreter and has experience of providing interpreting services both as an employee of a specialist BSL/English Interpreting company and, for the last 10 years, on a freelance basis. Committed to the ongoing development of the BSL/English Interpreting profession, and in maintaining and improving its standards, she has been awarded a Fellowship of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters in recognition of her contributions to the profession, as well as the support given to fellow colleagues.
She has extensive experience in both public and private sector settings and across a variety of domains including health, mental health, employment, training courses, education and many others.