Fife NHS Board Agree Integration Proposals
Fife NHS Board has agreed proposals for an Integrated Partnership approach to progress the integration of adult health and social care services in Fife.
At their meeting (30/04) Board members agreed that a Shadow Integrated Health & Social Care Partnership Board be established to oversee developments and to work alongside current Community Health Partnership (CHP) Committees and strategic committees, ahead of Scottish Government legislation next year.
The Board’s decision follows Fife Council’s Executive Committee’s agreement of the same proposals earlier in April.
NHS Fife Chief Executive, John Wilson, said: “We are committed to ensuring that patients and service users have positive experiences which help to maintain or improve their quality of life.
“There are many excellent examples of effective partnership working in Fife, and we are already in a strong position for taking this major initiative forward. In the years to come colleagues from a variety of health and social care disciplines will increasingly work together to deliver more co-ordinated services. This agreement marks an important step as we work towards realising these aims.”
New plans to integrate services for adults will now see Fife Council and NHS Fife come together in a new way, with partner providers to focus on improving outcomes for people. For the first time there will be joint budget management and planning around the needs of patients and service users, this will be led by Clinicians and Professionals at a local level.
The news also follows the appointment of Stephen Moore, Executive Director Social Work and Lead for Health with Fife Council, as Interim Director of Health and Social Care Partnership. Accountable to the NHS Fife Board and Fife Council, and reporting to the Chief Executives of both organisations, Mr Moore took up post on 1 May 2013.
Fife Council Leader, Alex Rowley said: “The approval by NHS Fife Board Members and Fife Council Executive in April marks a turning point for NHS and Social Work Services in Fife. Integration is about putting people first, especially the most vulnerable in our communities. It won’t fix all the challenges facing health and social work overnight but it will be a move to reduce some of the barriers between services and deliver services that are right for Fifers and right for the future.”
Fife Council Chief Executive, Ronnie Hinds added: “We welcome the decision taken by Members of NHS Fife Board. It is an important step in the journey towards ensuring older people and people with long-term health conditions get the right support at the right time, first time around. This comes at a time when both organisations face the pressures of ageing population and pressure on finances, but our joint aim is to encourage and enable people to be as independent as possible at home with a good quality of life.”