Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2016
Mark joined the Health and Social Care Alliance (Scotland) in September 2013 to direct and manage the National Links Worker Programme, a highly innovative programme that aims to mitigate the impact of the social determinants of health through transforming the primary care team and its relationships with the local community.
Mark has always been passionate about social justice and first became aware of health inequalities during a year-out from reading Law in Southampton. As a result he decided that a career change was in order and studied Health in Leicester.
Mark moved to Glasgow when he joined NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to lead on the development of new health improvement materials and training for schools. This led to him join Glasgow City Council's Social Work Department where he developed similar materials to support the wellbeing of looked after and accommodated children and young people, and the learning and development needs of the staff and carers that support them.
Based in the public sector but working alongside the social sector, Mark was inspired to join the social sector full-time in 2009 and has previously enjoyed the roles of Education Manager for the MS Society and Head of Education at the MS Trust. Both of these roles provided Mark with an opportunity to design and develop resources and learning opportunities to support people to manage their long term conditions, along with designing professional development programmes.
Mark is particularly interested in effecting transformational change and is currently using his experience of working in the public and voluntary sectors to enable this change within the primary care setting.
Personal website/ blog: links.alliance-scotland.org.uk
Current principal role: Programme Director
Current principal organisation: Health and Social Care Alliance (Scotland)