Plans for integrated care given go-ahead in Scotland

Plans to integrate health, education and social care services in Highlands have been given the go-ahead by NHS Highland and the Highland Council.

Childrens services are to benefit from more integrated care in Scotland (Photograph:spl)
Childrens services are to benefit from more integrated care in Scotland (Photograph:spl)

Under the plans NHS Highland will provide services for adult community care and the Highland Council will provide services for children. The transfer of services is expected to take place by April next year.

The aim is to reduce bureaucracy and duplication to make frontline-services more efficient and cost-effective.

Dr Margaret Somerville, director of public health at NHS Highland, said the plans will ‘make a real difference’ and will improve services in the Highlands.

She said: ‘Benefits include clearer, faster access to services, streamlined systems which are easier to understand, and improved communication between the various staff involved with a person’s care, all of which should work together to ensure improved health and a better experience of care for people living in Highland.’

Dr Michael Foxley, leader of the Highland Council, added: ‘As a GP in the Highlands for more than 30 years I am acutely aware of the need to provide a more efficient service to the public with the funding available to us.  

‘We can reduce unnecessary emergency admissions, reduce delayed discharges, improve local teams working with children services and place more emphasis on prevention and early intervention.’

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