Committed to closer joint working

WESTERN Isles NHS and the Council are currently considering the Scottish Government’s consultation for the integration of Adult Health and Social Care.

The proposals for integrating services for older people were first announced in December with a formal consultation launched in May.

The consultation is in the form of 20 questions and both the Comhairle and NHS Western Isles will be responding to the document.

Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell said: “The most important aspect of this process is the outcomes for service users. This is not about structures but about providing the best levels of care to enable people to live at home as long as possible.

It is important that we work in an integrated fashion and make the most of our combined staff skills and resources. Both the Comhairle and the NHS face financial constraints and it is essential that we maximise our resources for the benefit of service users”.

Chair of NHS Western Isles, Neil Galbraith, said: “The main focus of the integration of Adult Health and Social Care is on improving the experience of patients, clients and carers. The Health Board and the Council already collaborate in many ways to provide a seamless service; however it is vital that this parallel process becomes a unitary one in order that our present effectiveness and efficiency can be further enhanced for the collective benefit of the Western Isles community.”