Truacanta Project: helping each other with death, dying, loss and care

Angus Health and Social Care Partnership are working with community groups in North East Angus to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.

Angus has been shortlisted from 40 applicants to be part of the Truacanta Project, a new initiative being run by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. The word ‘Truacanta’ is Gaelic for compassion and the project is based on the developing movement of compassionate communities.

The project will support local communities across Scotland who are interested in taking community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care. Working with Brechin Healthcare Group and Edzell Patient Participation Group (PPG) they are preparing a joint application to be one of four communities to receive community development advice and support from The Truacanta Project for a period of two years.

Angus is the first Health and Social Care Partnership to develop a plan aimed to improve people’s experience of palliative and end of life care.

Gail Smith, Head of Health and Community Care Services, North Angus said, “Angus has a strong track record of working with communities to make changes to health and social care.

“We are very excited about the opportunity of taking part in the Truacanta Project and supporting communities to make a difference.”

Peter Smart, Chairman of Edzell PPG said, “We held a successful meeting on Tuesday 24 September to discuss how the communities served by Edzell Health Centre might participate in joining in community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.

“This is a subject that affects everyone and I was encouraged by the enthusiasm to raise awareness of this important subject.”

Dr Hamish Greig from Brechin Healthcare Group said, “We are keen to work with the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership and the local community and learn from the community what is important to them and how we can help to improve their health and wellbeing.”