Scottish government and MSPs
Working with Scottish Government (SG)
The Lyme Resource Centre has been working with the Scottish Government (SG) to highlight the importance of raising awareness of ticks and tick borne-diseases.
A Public Health Poster Campaign on ticks and Lyme disease - displayed in all 1280 Community Pharmacies across Scotland in 2022 and 2023. Lyme PHS Poster.jpg
Helping to develop an SG social media campaign in 2022 and 2023.
Working with the SG Chief Medical Officer team to improve education of healthcare professionals about tick-borne infection across the NHS.
Working with Fife and West Lothian local authorities
The Lyme Resource Centre has partnered with Fife and West Lothian local authorities on signage projects and are seeking to establish further partnerships with local authorities in Scotland to increase the spread of the signs across local authority managed parks which are popular with the public.
Efforts continue to encourage local authorities to engage with this initiative, however there are varying priorities for resources among local authorities at this time. We are seeking to influence Scottish Government Policy by engaging with MSP’s to encourage local authorities in Scotland to make this signage initiative a priority.
Working with West Dunbartonshire local authorities
West Dunbartonshire Education Pilot
Councillor Sophie Traynor raised a motion in April this year for all school pupils in the authority to be educated in Lyme disease. This motion was unanimously agreed and supported by the director of Education Laura Mason, who had previously attended the young enterprise review in Strathclyde University Innovation Centre, where the S6 students mentioned above gave a very engaging and emotive presentation. The uptake was positive but the content was left open, directing teachers to our websites LRC and LDUK for resources.