Changing health and social care

Susan Manion, chief officer  of the Scottish Borders Health & Social Care Partnership
Susan Manion, chief officer of the Scottish Borders Health & Social Care Partnership

In April 2016 many health and social care services will be integrated and run by a new body, and they want to hear how you think it should work.

The new Scottish Borders Health & Social Care Partnership will have a budget of £135.2 million and will be responsible for a wide range of services, including district nursing, general medical services, dental services, community pharmacy, palliative care, mental health, services for older people and adults with physical and learning disabilities, addiction services, care home services etc

After listening to comments about the initial draft plan the new body has made changes to it and produced the next stage plan which is currently out for public consultation until December 11.

Susan Manion, chief officer for health and social care in the Borders explained: “This plan is based on what we learned from listening to local people; service users, carers, members of the public, staff and partners, including third sector and independent organisations.”

One of the concerns in the Coldsteam/Greenlaw area is the provision of community health care and whether the same team will be looking after patients in their homes when the new integrated plan becomes operational.

To hear more about the latest draft plan and how it may affect you, a series of community engagements are taking place at Duns, Hawick, Galashiels and Peebles. The Duns event is on Thursday, December 3, when the integration team will be at Duns Library/Contact Centre from 1-4pm. They will also attend the Berwickshire Area Forum meeting in Duns at 6.30pm on the same day.

The children and young people’s team will also be there seeking views on the draft Integrated Children and Young People’s Plan.