Falkirk care shake-up is moving closer

Care of the elderly will be in different hands
Care of the elderly will be in different hands

The shake-up of how adult care services are delivered in Falkirk has moved a step closer.

Falkirk Council has agreed to submit its integration scheme to Scottish Ministers which will lead to the local health and social care integration initiative being rolled out.

The scheme, which is being introduced nationwide, will see parts of Falkirk Council’s social work services merged with NHS Forth Valley to care for adults and older people in the community.

It will mean the end of community health partnerships to ensure health and social care provision across Scotland is joined up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities.

In Forth Valley, there will two health and social care partnerships - one for Falkirk and one for Stirling and Clackmannanshire.

The new bodies will be responsible for caring for vulnerable people living in their own home but also some hospital-based services.

A council spokesperson said: “This is about putting people first and that they get the right care and support to meet their assessed needs.”

Central to the new scheme will be the new integration joint board.

The board will be made up of officials, councillors, care professionals, service users and carers and will help shape the future of the service. Now, local people who regularly use health and social care services are being invited to make their voices heard and sit on the board.

Information sessions being held at Forth Valley Business Hub on July 15 at 6pm and Forth Valley Sensory Centre on July 16 at 10am for carers and service users interested in applying.