NHS Tayside and Angus Council have appointed Susan Wilson as interim chief officer for the Angus Shadow Health and Social Care Integration Partnership.
Susan, who is currently the general manager for Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP), will take up her new role in the next few weeks.
Over the next 12 months it will be her job to lead the transition arrangements for the integration of health and social care services provided by Angus Council and NHS Tayside.
New Health and Social Care Partnerships will be formed by the NHS and the local authority in each area of Scotland by April of next year. This means that over the coming years, GPs, hospitals, health workers, social care staff, the voluntary and independent sectors will increasingly work side-by-side in local teams to share information and provide more co-ordinated services to individuals and their families.
The legislation is due to be enacted in spring 2015. However, to support the transition to integration of health and social care services, ‘shadow’ integration partnerships are now being established across Scotland.
In Angus, a shadow board for the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership was established in October under the joint chairmanship of the council and the NHS.
Susan has been general manager of Angus CHP since 2005 and previously worked as an occupational therapist and senior manager in health and social care services.
She said: “I am delighted to accept this exciting new role and to work together with all the partners and communities across Angus to improve the lives of local people and their families.
“I have worked and lived in Angus for many years, having the privilege to work with great people doing great things. I am very much looking forward to the future where we can build on existing relationships and further develop our partnerships with local communities who can really help us understand the needs and shape the improvements that will make a real difference.”
Chief executive of NHS Tayside, Lesley McLay, commented: “Susan’s appointment to the Angus integration partnership is a very important step for integrating health and social care services for the future.
“She brings a wealth of experience in delivering services both in hospitals and in local communities and she has also been instrumental in forging partnership working in Angus over the past few years. I know her priority will be to ensure the people of Angus have access to seamless health and social care services.”
Richard Stiff, chief executive of Angus Council, also welcomed the appointment. He stated: “We already have close working arrangements in place between health and social care services in the county, and Susan has played a key role in developing these arrangements. Her experience and knowledge will be a great asset as we work to establish a better, more integrated model of delivery for these essential services.
“Ahead of the April 2015 start date for the new partnerships, Susan will be working with the shadow Board in Angus to ensure we have the necessary structure and arrangements in place to achieve that.”