NHS Borders has appointed the first Chief Officer to its health and Social Care Integration programme.
Susan Manion, who has most recently held the post of General Manager for the Dunfermline and West Fife Community Health Partnership, has been given the brand new role.
She will be responsible for leading and managing the wide range of services and strategic programmes required for further integration.
She is due to take up the role in July.
Ms Manion can draw on a wealth of experience from a career in health and social care.
She said: “I am delighted to be leading the Integration programme in the Borders, which will focus on delivering seamless health and social care and the best possible outcomes for our patients, service users and carers. There is a clear commitment from the leadership across the Council and NHS to deliver more joined-up care and I look forward to working with people in the Borders to help make a difference”
The Chief Officer post is accountable to the Chief Executives of both NHS Borders, Calum Campbell, and Scottish Borders Council (SBC), Tracey Logan.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr Campbell said; “Integration presents us with an excellent opportunity to develop a user-focussed and co-ordinated approach to service delivery, which puts the service user at the heart of everything we do.
“Susan has a proven track record in service transformation with a real focus on front line delivery, and will be a great asset to our organisations as we move forward.”
Adding her congratulations, Tracey Logan said; “Together we are committed to moving integration forward and to ensuring that those who use the services, as well as those who deliver them, are fully engaged in the development of the new service arrangements.
“Susan will undertake this responsibility with passion, drive and focus on the best possible outcomes for our service users, and I look forward to working with her as the programme moves forward.”
The NHS Borders board was also the recipient of the Investing in Volunteers Award.
This award was originally bestowed on NHS Borders in March 2011, in recognition of quality work managing and support volunteers.
In January 2014 the Investing in Volunteers Quality Assurance Panel announced that NHS Borders were successful in achieving the award for a second time.
The award was presented last week to representatives including Chairman John Raine, George Thomson, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Development Scotland and Susan Swan, Executive Officer of Volunteer Centre Borders.
And in a another move towards improving its service, NHS Borders has launched a renovated website providing the latest updates, news and service information.
Jackie Stephen, NHS Borders Head of IM&T said: “It is important patients have access to up to date information about their local health services. The website makes it easier to find this and also links to our Facebook and Twitter pages for real time updates.”