Public urged to have say on care

Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009
Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009

The Scottish Borders Health and Social Care partnership has launched a discussion document outlining proposals for health and social care services.

The public are asked for their views on this document by June 5 to be worked into further public consultation between July and September.

NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and voluntary and independent care partners are working together to put in place joint working arrangements with the aim of providing better, more joined up adult health and social care services in the Borders.

Susan Manion, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care Integration in the Borders explained: “The document which we are launching today provides an overview of the services we are integrating as well as our proposed vision, aims and objectives for the partnership.

“A series of meetings will be held across the Borders in May to support this process and to help us have the conversation with residents.

“A further round of consultation will take place between July 1 and September 22 over the more detailed plan before the final plan is prepared in October – once again supported by public meetings in late August and early September.

“Once the plan is finalised, it will be reviewed and renewed on a three-year basis and once again, this process will be supported by a programme of public engagement on an ongoing basis.”

Members of the public wishing to download the strategic plan as well as to submit their views, please visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/integration.

Meanwhile, for hard copies of the document or for more information, residents can email integration@scotborders.gov.uk or phone 0300 100 1800.