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Fiona Sköller, Health Improvement Support Officer

How long have you been in post?
Since June 2015.
Tell me about your role and day to day duties and responsibilities.
As Health Improvement Support Officer I support the work of the Annandale and Eskdale Health Improvement Team. I am responsible for the resource library we hold at the office, providing resources to groups, schools and organisations. I produce the Annandale and Eskdale Activity Guide which lists many activities, clubs and groups in the area. I provide admin support to the Community Link Team processing referrals, database entries etc.
As SHAP Secretary I maintain the membership database and am responsible for forwarding information to members. I produce agendas and take minutes at each meeting and sub group meeting.

What motivates you most about your job?
The variety of tasks each day, never knowing what I will be involved in.
What has given you most satisfaction at work recently?
I love helping out with events and recently helped at the Health and Wellbeing Day for Primary 7 pupils at Annan Academy. We were preparing healthy snacks for the children to try - It was a long and tiring day but really fun and positive.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The office can get very busy and it can be hard to concentrate. Constant interruptions from staff who need my help urgently!What have you done previously (in terms of jobs and skills) which supports you in your current work?
I worked in the IT Department of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen for many years as a Helpdesk and Operations Officer – this provided me with extensive IT skills with both hardware and software and the experience has proved invaluable in both my own work and helping others in the team with IT problems. I worked as a Home Support Worker for the NHS in Dumfries supporting parents with children under 5. Parents could need help with mental health issues, parenting challenges, benefits etc. This role helps me better understand the demanding role of the Link Workers whom I support in my current role.
How long have you been involved with SHAP?
Since I started in my post with the Health Improvement Team in June 2015.
What do you consider to be the benefits of being a member of SHAP?
Definitely the partnership working! I’ve seen it in practice through many projects such as Small World, Mature Drivers Scheme and Big World. Bringing experts together to provide information, advice and support. Also as a platform for sharing information on events etc, it is invaluable.
How have you been involved in SHAP?
In my role as Health Improvement Support Officer and SHAP secretary, I have provided admin support. I represent SHAP at meetings and events e.g.Small World, Afore Ye Go and Day of the Region.
Do you have any suggestions for ways in which SHAP can work differently?
At the development day in the summer many positive suggestions were made – one of which was to change the SHAP meetings to be more community based. We have taken this on board and our last meeting was in Moffat focusing on issues in that area. Our next meeting will be in Langholm and we have arranged two guest speakers who will inform members about projects in Langholm.
What are your hobbies and interests outside work?
My 12 year old son keeps me busy with his demanding social life, providing taxi services can take up lots of spare time!
I have two ‘hyperactive’ Springer spaniels who keep me busy and there really is nothing better than a walk up the river with them. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

For more information please contact Fiona on 01461 207728 or email