Making change really happen: inspiration, ideas and information on how to make change in the services and systems we work in


Event type Live Stream

Online via Zoom.
09:30 - 14:15 UK time
Recordings are available for 28 days after the event.

Ideas, inspiration and information about how to create real change in your organisation regardless of the level they work at.


Ideas, inspiration, and information about how to create real change in your organisation regardless of the level you work at. A fantastic online event presented by the ACAMH Scottish Branch providing up to date info about key change projects in Scotland including the Promise, Fox Grove inpatient unit, trauma-informed implementation and cross service collaborations.

About the event
Key takeaways
Who should attend
About the speakers

About the event

Key takeaways

  • Fundamentals of implementation science
  • Learn what others have done to move to effect real change
  • Stories and examples illustrating how change has been made and what enabled this
  • Understand how an individual’s role can be part of effective change regardless of position
  • Reflect on how we can close the aspiration to achievement gap
  • Ideas and examples about to operationalise and embed principles into practice

Who should attend

Anyone working with children including CAMHS, Schools, Social Work, Care services, third sector and the NHS


09:30 Introduction from ACAMH Scottish Branch Chair Dan Johnson

09:45 Melissa Van Dyke Applying the Insights from the Practice and Science of Implementation to the Work You Do’
10:15 Fiona Dyer Putting the Us into Justice

10:45 Break

11:00 Helen Smith, and Victoria McInulty Fox Grove the New National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service for Scotland (NSAIS)
11:30 Claire ColemanGenuine collaboration – Mental Health Pathway

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Carol Burt-Wilson MBE – I Am Me
13:30 Ian SmithCan we bring trauma aware and trauma responsive change the justice system?
14:00 Closing thoughts

14:15 Ends

NB this programme is subject to change

About the speakers

Dr. Melissa Van Dyke
Dr. Melissa Van Dyke

Melissa Van Dyke, Ph.D., joined the CELCIS team in 2015, as the International Expert Advisor on Implementation at the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS), with a focus on building capacity to apply an implementation-informed approach to complex change to deliver socially significant outcomes.  Currently, along with a continuing advisory role with CELCIS, Melissa is also the Director of the Active Implementation Research Network (AIRN) and is on the Board of Directors for the Global Implementation Society (GIS) where she serves as President.  Melissa continues to provide leadership on grants and contracts to build capacity in governmental and NGO organisations, communities, and systems in the United States and internationally, to support effective implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programmes and policies.  Fiona Dyer

Fiona Dyer

As Director, Fiona leads CYCJ towards its ambition of ensuring that Scotland’s approach to children and young people in conflict with the law is rights-respecting, contributing to better outcomes for children, young people and communities. This involves supporting professionals from all disciplines who work with children and young people on the cusp of or involved in offending by promoting best practice based on up-to-date evidence and research. Before joining CYCJ Fiona was seconded to the Scottish Government youth justice team for three years, and prior to this worked for ten years as a social worker and social work manager within the fields of youth and criminal justice.

Helen Smith
Dr Smith came to Scotland in 1992 to go to medical school in Dundee and has never left. She is one of two psychiatrists in Scotland currently dual trained in Forensic and Child and Adolescent psychiatry. She has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the Adolescent Inpatient Unit and North of Scotland Tier 4 Network, then the Community Forensic CAMHS service in Glasgow. This serviced reached into secure care units in the Glasgow area. She was part of the Expert Review of mental health care into YOI Polmont and is currently working with the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to develop a mental health strategy for young people in custody. Dr. Smith is developing Foxgrove (National secure adolescent inpatient Unit which will be built in Irvine). This will be for young people aged 12- 18 years with mental health difficulties that present a significant risk to other people. She is clinical director of CAMHS in Ayrshire and Arran and the current Chair of the CAMHS faculty of Royal College of Psychiatrist in Scotland.

Victoria McInulty
Victoria McInulty is the newly appointed service manager for Foxgrove national secure adolescent inpatient service. She is a registered mental health nurse and has been for 16 years. Early work included addictions and subsequently management within a low secure forensic environment. Throughout her career Victoria has always had a passion for learning more about adverse childhood experiences and associated trauma and developing resilience within given patient groups. It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm she is involved in the development of foxgrove and working alongside Dr Helen Smith and the rest of the senior management and clinical team endeavouring to provide care and treatment to those aged between 12-18 years with mental health difficulties.

Claire Colman
Claire joined Lothian and Borders Police in 2003 and undertook a variety of roles including community partnership work and the full breadth of public protection. Following the formation of Police Scotland in 2013, Claire played a key role in development and delivery Police Scotland’s staff survey and engagement, focusing on staff wellbeing and development. In 2018, Claire moved into the area of Learning & Development, completing a BA (Hons) in Adult & Continuing Education and Teaching and CIPD professional qualification in Online Digital Learning and was the lead developer and delivery for learning for the multi award winning Contact Assessment Model. The implementation of this model now provides the ability to better assess risk and vulnerability at the first point of contact. Claire also holds the lead for learning & development, engagement and evaluation within the Mental Health Pathway (MHP) and Modernisation, Contact and Engagement projects too. MHP, is a collaboration between Police, NHS24 and Scottish Ambulance Service who’s key objective to providing people with a compassionate and supportive Mental Health journey to better support. LinkedIn Twitter

Carol Burt-Wilson MBE
Carol Burt-Wilson MBE

Founder and Project Manager for the mulit-award winning community charity I Am Me Scotland. Carol has a background in Human Resource Management and over 20 years experience of working in the public and private sector. I Am Me Scotland is a grass roots charity that aims to “Change attitudes and behaviours so that disabled and vulnerable people, in Scotland, can feel safe in their communities”

Iain Smith
Iain Smith

Iain H B Smith, LLB (Hons), Dip LP, NP (Partner). Iain specialises in Criminal Law, undertaking summary and solemn work in Livingston Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts as well as other courts across Scotland. He has been involved in a number of high profile High Court Trials. He also acts as a legal representative for a number of well known sports stars. He fights hard to protect people’s rights and passionately defends his clients. His career as a solicitor started in 1993 and 5 years later he formed Keegan Smith with Jim Keegan QC. Iain is actively involved in the creating a fairer criminal justice system and is the leading trauma informed lawyer in Scotland. He is a core group member of West Lothian Adverse Childhood Experiences Hub and a Trustee of the charity Aid & Abet, who try to assist people get out of the cycle of offending. Iain is also boldly asking all judges in Scotland to treat those appearing before the court with respect & dignity. Iain is the winner of Scottish Lawyer of the Year Legal Award 2020 and was runner up in the Herald Awards for Solicitor of the Year 2019.