Keith Redpath has been appointed to lead the new integrated West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP).
Mr Redpath brings to the post a wealth of experience and local knowledge having led the health only West Dunbartonshire Community Health partnership since its formation in 2005.
The new integrated CHCP will deliver an improved and seamless integrated health and social care service to meet the changing needs of local service users and will fully commence on October 1st 2010, although it currently exist in a transitional form until then.
The new CHCP Director, said: “The creation of a fully integrated CHCP brings with it a tremendous opportunity to continue the delivery of improved health and social care services for the people of West Dunbartonshire.
“In my current post I have at all times sought to ensure that we have worked closely with social work colleagues and in 2008 that resulted in us being able to establish integrated management arrangements for community care services in West Dunbartonshire. I intend to build on these strong existing integrated arrangements and drive forward and expand them to include the full range of community health and social work services.”
Mr Redpath will manage the joint service through a single management team and health and social work budgets will be devolved into the CHCP to ensure streamlined and fully integrated services.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman, Andrew Robertson said: “Keith is an excellent appointee to this exciting post. He is very well placed, thanks to his already long service in health care delivery in the area and his previous experience in managing social work services, to drive forward our joint vision for thoroughly integrated health and social care services in West Dunbartonshire.“
Leader of West Dunbartonshire Council, Ronnie McColl said: “I am delighted with the appointment of Keith as the new Director of Community Health and Care Partnership. Keith has a vast knowledge of health care having served the people of West Dunbartonshire in his last position. Working in partnership with NHS and providing an efficient and first class health and social care service for everyone in West Dunbartonshire is vital, and I look forward to delivering this for the service users.”
Issued jointly by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and West Dunbartonshire Council
For further information contact:
NHSGGC Press Office on 0141 201 4429
West Dunbartonshire Council Press Office on 01389 73750