Improving services

A SIGNIFICANT step has been taken towards improving adult health and social care services in Angus, with the first of a series of county-wide workshops for professionals from Angus Council and NHS Tayside.

The workshop was also attended by members of the public and the voluntary sector.

The workshop, held in Kirriemuir, looked at ways of simplifying and streamlining council and health services, particularly for older people, and sharing information across organisations.

These improvements will come about through partnership working between not only NHS Tayside and Angus Council, but also the voluntary and independent sectors.

Angus Council convener of social work and health, Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “It is well known that people are living longer, and this is to be welcomed.

“However, the older we become, the more likely we are to need support from health and social care services.

“This initiative, which builds on good working relations between ourselves and our partners in NHS Tayside, will mean that people who need services will be able to access them more easily and simply.

“The services will fit around the person and allow them, and their carers, to feel in control; to have choices; and, crucially, to maintain their independence.”

Susan Wilson, general manager of Angus Community Health Partnership said: “This is an ambitious and exciting project for the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership.

“We already have a good track record of working collaboratively in Angus, but we know we have improvements to make.

“There was a great deal of energy in the room throughout the day and lots of ideas were generated as to how we can improve our services together.

“We look forward to the next phase of our work, which is to action these improvement ideas and make sure we deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place, by the right person all of the time.”

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