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Out and about with the chairman

I’ve not been out and about quite as much this month. That’s partly due to being on holiday and partly due to attending various meetings on the implementation of the NHSScotland Health and Social Care Delivery Plan.

This change programme is making some progress now, particularly around planning services on a more regional basis.

I expect us to have a better idea of what regional planning will mean for Greater Glasgow and Clyde early next year.

In the meantime, the Executive Leadership Team continues to work with our people to further develop our thinking on how we can improve the delivery of services to patients across the Board’s area.

As I’ve said many times before, it’s important that our service planning is clinically led and reflects the views of our patients and our staff, so I would encourage you to take every opportunity that arises to contribute to the thinking on how we will deliver integrated health nd social care services in future.

I’ve also spent some time with Jane Grant meeting more of our local MPs and MSPs.

Jane and I want to ensure that the local politicians are not only aware of the service changes that could result from the implementation of the Health and Social Care Delivery Plan but also understand and support the thinking behind these changes.

We aim to have met most of the MPs and MSPs by the end of the year and I expect this will be a regular feature of my role as chairman.

I also met with another very important group of stakeholders – the Staff Disability Forum. This group was set up to give a voice to disabled people working in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and it has become a highly effective way of ensuring that the Board and the Executive Leadership Team understand what more we need to do to meet the needs and expectations of all our staff.

Attendance at the Disability Forum is open to everyone and meetings are held during office hours at locations across the Board’s area.

For further information on the work of the Forum, I suggest you contact the Disability Forum Chair, Kate Ocker, email: [email protected]

Our HR director, Anne MacPherson is now considering how we could use this approach to give other groups of staff a louder voice at Board level.

If you would like me to visit your department or ward, email: [email protected]