Achievements during Moray Integration Joint Board’s first year in operation have been showcased in its Annual Performance Report.
Published yesterday, the 2016-17 report sets out the level of effort underway to improve the health and wellbeing of adults across Moray, through the partnership working of Moray Council and NHS Grampian.
Highlights from the past 12 months include the progressive partnership achieved with Hanover Housing and Moray Council to create the Varis Court development for older people in Forres which includes dementia and extra care facilities providing close to home nursing care.
Construction has also been completed on a £2.5 million housing development in Lhanbryde which will support adults with severe learning disabilities to live more independently, while a row of vacant cottages in Elgin has been transformed into half-way homes where people leaving hospital can work on regaining their independent living skills.
Christine Lester, MIJB Chair, said the board was proud of what had been achieved in the first 12 months.
“Delivering the best possible health and social care service is at the very core of our Integration Joint Board – we are person-centred and are determined to make sure people’s voices are heard and their needs are met.
“The integration landscape has proved challenging and it will continue to be so in the near future. We are certain we will face difficult decisions to ensure our resources are used effectively and efficiently.
“However, the opportunity is great and we now have an excellent base on which to build a truly excellent community-focused health and social care system.”
Pam Gowans, Chief Officer of Health & Social Care Moray, said: “We are focused on improving health and wellbeing as well as delivering high quality care for the people of Moray.
“There are areas where performance is particularly positive and we aim to maintain this. For those areas where there is still work to be done, we are taking stock of our next steps.
“Finances are tight and challenging and there is a need for us to ensure we are working with people in our communities so everyone has a chance to influence decisions.”
The Board has responsibility for a budget of £114 million with which to undertake the planning, resourcing and overseeing of the operational delivery of integrated services.
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
Headquartered in Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.