Communities to have their say on integrated health care

Plans are being laid to give Moray communities a real say in how health and social care services are made available.

A letter has been issued to community groups and representatives from throughout Moray invited them to take part in consultation on the Moray Health and Social Care Integration Scheme.

The scheme is the result of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) Scotland Act 2014, which requires Local Authorities to work alongside adult Health and Social Care Services in what is being described as the biggest change to services since the inception of the National Health Service.

A scheme for Moray has already been drafted – however, before it is submitted to the Scottish Government by the end of March it is being put out for discussion at a series of briefings throughout January and February.

In a letter outlining the dates and venues of the briefings Pam Gowans, the Chief Officer of the Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The aim of the process is to allow communities, for the first time ever, to have a real say in the shape of health and social care services available in their communities.

“While the development of the draft document has involved the input of service providers as well as service users, carers and stakeholders, I do hope you take this opportunity to give us your views and comments so that the final version of the Integration Scheme is truly relevant to the people of Moray.”

Further details on the draft integration scheme can be found online.

The dates and venues for consultation meetings are:

  • 12 January – Fleming Hospital, Aberlour from 2.30pm to 4pm (informal drop-in)
  • 13 January – Seafield Health Centre, Buckie from 1pm to 2pm (informal drop-in)
  • 20 January – Library Foyer, Elgin from 12noon to 2pm (informal drop-in)
  • 26 January – Town Hall, Elgin from 7pm to 9pm (public workshop)
  • 27 January – Longmore Hall, Keith from 7pm to 9pm (public workshop)
  • 29 January – Community Centre, Forres from 7pm to 9pm (public workshop)
  • 2 February – Moray Coast Medical Practice, Lossiemouth from 1pm to 2pm (informal drop-in)

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