New health chief appointed

A new chief officer has been appointed by NHS Tayside and Angus Council to run the Angus Health and Social Care Integration Partnership.

Over the next 12 months, it will be the job of Vicky Irons to lead the arrangements for the integration of health and social care services provided by NHS Tayside and Angus Council.

New Health and Social Care Partnerships will be formed by the NHS and local authorities in each area of Scotland from April 2015. This means that GPs, hospitals, health workers, social care staff, and the voluntary and independent sectors will increasingly work side-by-side in local teams to share information and provide more co-ordinated services to individuals and their families.

Prior to her appointment, Ms Irons was the General Manager of Glenrothes and North East Fife Community Health Partnership and worked previously in a range of senior management roles across the UK and NHS Scotland.

She said: “Throughout my career I have developed a special interest in primary and community healthcare. I am clear that the challenge of responding to present and future health and social care needs will be significant for the Partnership.

“It’s essential to understand the needs of individuals and communities and the quality of assessment and care provided in community settings is the key to success. Angus has strong foundations already in place and the community focus required to do well and improve the lives of local people and their families.”

Lesley McLay, NHS Tayside chief executive, welcomed Ms Irons’ appointment.

She said: “Her extensive NHS and local authority experience will ensure that we continue to build and deliver high quality health and social care to the people of Angus.”

Angus Council’s Chief Executive Richard Stiff has also said taht he looks forward to working with her when she takes up her new role.

He continued: “We have made considerable progress during the past year preparing for the new Health and Social Care Partnership, Vicky’s considerable experience of leading significant organisational change will be invaluable as we develop improved and integrated services in Angus.”

Ms Irons will take up the post on May 1.