Glasgow's forthcoming partnerships between social and health care services have taken a major step closer to reality with a series of senior appointments.
All five of the city's new Community Health and Social Care Partnerships (CHSCPs) now have a director and senior management team in place.
To ensure democratic accountability, elected members from Glasgow City Council have also been appointed to sit on each CHSCP committee, including five elected members who will chair the new committees.
Run jointly by Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow, the five new Partnerships will be responsible for a wide range of community health and social care services including those provided by health visitors, district nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and dieticians. Local learning disability, mental health and addictions services will also be managed by the CHSCPs.
Councillor James Coleman, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council will chair the East Glasgow Community Health and Social Care Partnership Committee. He has welcomed the announcement over key personnel as it will help breathe life into the alliance between the Council and NHS Greater Glasgow.
He said: "Glasgow's CHSCP structure is now developing a human face and the transformation in Glasgow's joint health and social care services is gathering pace.
There's no doubt these new Community Health and Social Care Partnerships will make a massive difference to way that Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow deliver local services. "
Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow City Council already have a proven track record in the delivery of joint learning disability, addictions and homelessness services. These new Partnerships will build on that success by bringing the delivery of health and social care services much closer to local communities."
He added: "Patients and community groups across Glasgow will also have a greater say in the way their local health and social care services are delivered through the work of the new Public Partnership Forums that each CHSCP will develop."
Notes to Editors:
The five CHSCP committee chairs are: - North Glasgow CHSCP - Bailie Robert Winter, East Glasgow CHSCP - Councillor James Coleman, West Glasgow CHSCP - Councillor Aileen Colleran, South East Glasgow CHSCP - Bailie Alan Stewart, South West Glasgow CHSCP- Councillor Stephen Curran.
The five CHSCP Directors are: - North Glasgow CHSCP - Alex MacKenzie, East Glasgow CHSCP - Mark Feinmann, West Glasgow CHSCP - Terry Findlay, South East CHSCP Glasgow - Cathie Cowan, South West Glasgow CHSCP - Iona Colvin.
NHS Greater Glasgow is working with local authority partners and neighbouring NHS Boards to develop the following 9 CHSCPs by April 1 2006.
· Five Glasgow Community Health and Social Care Partnerships (covering the area served by Glasgow City Council) which will be run jointly with Glasgow City Council
· An East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership (covering the area served by East Renfrewshire Council) which will be run jointly with East Renfrewshire Council
· An East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership (covering the area served by East Dunbartonshire Council)
· A West Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership (covering the area served by West Dunbartonshire Council)
· A South Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership which will include the Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas of Greater Glasgow (this will be run jointly with NHS Lanarkshire)