Health and social care shake up across district is moving forward

The health and social care of the elderly and other vulnerable groups will be a key part of the reforms
The health and social care of the elderly and other vulnerable groups will be a key part of the reforms

The merging of health and social care services through team working to meet the changing demands of Falkirk’s communities is moving 
forward.

Falkirk Council’s proposals for the way ahead are already being considered by its partner, the NHS Forth Valley Health Board, and now it has elected three councillors to serve on a transitional board.

Labour members Linda Gow, Dennis Goldie and Allyson Black will oversee the planning, management and delivery of the partnership scheme.

The council’s chief executive also confirmed the Scottish Government has approved a £364,000 bid from NHS Forth Valley to support the changes.

Mary Pitcaithly said: “There are challenges, but we can move forward. We have more clarity now about important matters.”

Councillors were told consultation with key agencies, including Falkirk Health Partnership Board and the Community Planning Partnership, have made progress ahead of the fully consulted integration scheme being signed off by Ministers in April.

Mrs Pitcaithly said: “As part of the regulations have only just been published and others are still awaited, presenting a draft is not possible at this time. However Falkirk is in the same position as other local authorities with regards to this. We are not behind anyone else.”

Over the coming months there will be “targeted consultation” with relevant groups and stakeholders on the various elements of the scheme to ensure the deadline is met.