New health partnership role for Gail

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A health care professional from Forfar has been given an exciting new role within the NHS.

Gail Smith has been appointed interim lead officer for the Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP).

The role replaces the post of general manager.

Gail, who comes from Forfar but now lives in Montrose, has extensive experience of leading, managing and motivating staff to deliver progressively high standards of care and service improvements.

In her new role she will provide strategic direction and leadership to the Angus CHP to ensure the delivery of integrated whole-system care is appropriate to local needs.

Gail said: “Throughout my career, I have been passionate about the provision of high quality, patient-centred and safe standards of care and look forward to the year ahead.”

Gail brings with her more than 30 years’ experience of working within the health service. She began her career as a registered nurse and has held an extensive range of roles in acute, general medicine and coronary care, prior to working as a specialist practitioner in advanced resuscitation training.

After further education, Gail worked as a service manager in elderly care and as a clinical development manager in primary care, subsequently as lead nurse and deputy general manager across Angus.

In addition, as the lead clinician for the Stroke Managed Clinical Network, she has led and driven improvement in stroke care across Tayside.

The Community Health Partnership has responsibility for improving the health and well-being of the population of Angus, as well as supporting and enabling the most vulnerable groups in the community to realise their potential. It is also responsible for ensuring that the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership deliver on their key priorities, such as prevention, recovery and children affected by parental substance misuse, and feeds in to the Angus Community Planning Partnership (ACPP). The ACPP includes a number of service agencies that work to improve quality of life in the county.