Health and social care services are changing - here's how

The way health and social care services in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are provided is changing for the better.

If you live in East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire or West Dunbartonshire or if you work within health and social care services in these areas, then you may be affected by this.

The NHS has served the country well over the past 70 years and is regarded as one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

In this time, we’ve seen ground breaking changes in the way heart conditions are treated and significant advances in treatment for cancer and stroke patients, with major improvements in survival rates.

New technology has enabled us to achieve considerable advances in diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques with improved outcomes and day surgery becoming the norm.

Local authorities and other community planning partners have been working closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to address the issues which contribute to poor health – lifestyle, education, economic status, employment and environment.

Taken together, these advances in medicine and public health interventions, are helping us all to live longer.

This is a real success story, but as more of us live longer, the number of people needing care is increasing.

The illnesses that people are experiencing are also significantly changing, from short-term life-threatening illnesses towards long-term conditions and disability.

The health and social care system in Scotland is struggling to keep pace with these extra demands.

This increasing demand will simply not be met if we continue to do things the way we do them now and unless we work to change how services are accessed and used.

We therefore need to change the way we organise our services and use our resources differently.

Now we’re working together in Greater Glasgow and Clyde to develop proposals for new ways of working that will help us manage growing demand and take advantage of innovation and technology.

The health board, the six Health and Social Care Partnerships, our Local Authority partners, third sector and community planning partners, have joined together to deliver a major programme to transform health and care services for the future.

Here deputy medical director, Dr David Stewart, explains what we are doing in Greater Glasgow and Clyde to plan services for the future.

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