‘My Life, My Money Lanarkshire’ is an app that provides an easily accessible, comprehensive resource of information, advice and guidance to enable staff to recognise when poverty may be an issue for a patient and signpost them to where they can get help. It can also be downloaded accessed directly by patients.
The Scottish Government has identified the most vulnerable groups as:
Some healthcare professionals regularly come onto contact with patients from these groups within services such as Speech and Language, OT, mental health, maternity, addictions, pediatrics, community nurses and health visitors. However all staff have a responsibility and a role to play in tackling poverty.
Healthcare professionals have a significant role to play in a number of ways:
The information on this page can support you to fulfil this role, by providing knowledge and guidance, helping to build your confidence in tackling health inequality and improving the health and wellbeing of people in Lanarkshire.
You’ll find documents from a range of our public sector partners as well as links to websites that provide advice, guidance and support to people experiencing financial difficulties.
Visit: https://www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/services/financial-inclusion/ for more information.
South Lanarkshire has created the booklet When Money is Tight which has practical advice for when budgets are stretched, with information to help you make ends meet.
North Lanarkshire has created a resource Your Money that provides information, advice and contact details on tacking financial hardship.