Health and social care chief officer unveiled

Pictured is Vicky Irons

Pictured is Vicky Irons

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The Chief Officer for the Angus Health and Social Care Integration Partnership has been confirmed by NHS Tayside and Angus Council.

Vicky Irons will take over the role, which over the next 12 months will see her lead the arrangements for the integration of health and social care services provided by NHS Tayside and Angus Council.

New Health and Social Care Partnerships will be formed by the NHS and the local authority in each area of Scotland from April 2015. This means that GPs, hospitals, health workers, social care staff, and 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.

Prior to her appointment, Vicky was the General Manager of Glenrothes and North East Fife Community Health Partnership and previously worked in a range of senior management roles across the UK and NHSScotland.

On her appointment, Vicky commented: “I am delighted to accept the post and look forward to making the most of all of the opportunities opened up by the integration of health and social care.

“Throughout my career I have developed a special interest in primary and community healthcare. I am clear that the challenge of responding to present and future health and social care needs will be significant for the Partnership.

“It’s essential to understand the needs of individuals and communities and the quality of assessment and care provided in community settings is the key to success. Angus has strong foundations already in place and the community focus required to do well and improve the lives of local people and their families.”

Chief Executive of NHS Tayside Lesley McLay said: “I am delighted to welcome Vicky to her new role. Her extensive NHS and local authority experience will ensure that we continue to build and deliver high quality health and social care to the people of Angus.”

Angus Council’s Chief Executive Richard Stiff added: “I look forward to working with Vicky when she takes up her new role. We have made considerable progress during the past year preparing for the new Health and Social Care Partnership, Vicky’s considerable experience of leading significant organisational change will be invaluable as we develop improved and integrated services in Angus.”