SB Connect Winter 2016

Local focus on Health and Social Care Services

Eight months after the establishment of the Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership, new projects to improve health and social care services in the Scottish Borders are gaining momentum.

“We are working to better link-up health and social care services so that people experience services that are better co-ordinated, with a focus on building support around achieving the outcomes that are most important to them,” said Dr Eric Baijal, Director of Strategy (Integration). “We have a number of projects that are looking to improve these outcomes.”

Throughout this work to improve health and social care services, there is an emphasis on localities.

“A locality approach is essential – we need to have health and social care services that reflect the particular characteristic issues in each area in order to provide the best services for the people of the Borders,” explained Dr Baijal. “We are therefore looking at ways to improve services on a local level.”

Three locality co-ordinators have been working since April to identify what the local issues are in order to plan, support and contribute to the delivery of health and social care services in the Scottish Borders. The first phase of this work, consisting of information gathering and analysis, is near completion.

Shona Donaldson, Locality Co-ordinator for Eildon, said: “We have been working with health and social care colleagues to gather information on the five localities in relation to profiling the population needs and identifying what services and possibilities are available within each of the localities. This information will be used to plan how best to meet the needs of the populations within each locality.”

In line with Scottish Government guidance, a co-production approach is being used to develop locality based working groups which will be responsible for developing locality plans. Initial meetings have taken place within the five localities – Teviot and Liddesdale, Tweeddale, Eildon, Berwickshire and Cheviot.

The Health and Social Care Locality Working Groups will have representatives from professional groups, third sector, housing, service users, carers etc and will work to deliver the locality plans and progress recommendations to support the needs of the people within their area.

Public engagement events for residents and health and social care staff have been taking place looking at the implementation of a community led support model.

Remaining events at the Town Hall, Jedburgh (10am-1pm) and Tait Hall, Kelso (3pm-6pm) will take place on Wednesday 23 November and at Duns Swimming Pool (10am-1pm) and Eyemouth Community Centre (3pm-6pm) on Wednesday 30 November.

If you would like to be involved or have any thoughts, please get in touch with your locality co-ordinator: sbarrie@scotborders.gov.uk, Teviot and Liddesdale and Tweeddale; shona.donaldson@scotborders.gov.uk, Eildon; Trish.wintrup@scotborders.gov.uk, Berwickshire and Cheviot